My little man turns 2 today! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were waiting for his arrival. Now he is a big boy and soon to be a big brother too.
Conan has come along way since his birth. And he continues surprising us every day.
The Story of Our High Needs Baby and Now Gifted 2 Year Old
When Conan was a baby he drove us nuts because he refused to sleep longer than 2 hours at a time and always needed to nurse. I nursed him around the clock about every half an hour forty-five minutes because he needed the comfort that only Mommy could give. I did this for about four months.
At two months Conan was already doing raspberries and by that time I knew that he was not like most children. He continued to surprise us when he was 5 months old. Conan, Ciara and Chris were watching a Packer Game and Chris was trying to get our 23 month old, Ciara to say, “Go Pack, Go!” She refused to say it but Conan responded, “Go!” His first word was clear as a bell and not what most people would consider baby babble. He continued to add more words to his vocabulary and by the time Conan was a year old he was talking in complete sentences.
We taught him a little sign language and he knows some Spanish, thanks to Dora, Diego and Handy Manny. Our little man loves to sing and dance, is fond of art, and all his books. We are so proud of Conan and his love for learning.
We also love his many quirks. It is fun to watch how obsessed he is with counting. He counts everything from the handles on his grandmother’s dresser, his vegetables on his dinner plate and all the rocks in his rock collection. He is also developing some obsessive compulsive behaviors. Right now they are cute and we are glad we caught this early.
Conan has to have his seat and table free from crumbs before he will eat his dinner. When he visits Grandma and Grandpa he takes the handles on his Grandma’s dresser and turns them up as he counts each and every one. If Conan is eating a sandwich or a hot dog he refuses to finish it if it “falls apart.” We have to put the sandwich back together before he’ll take another bite. If he makes even the smallest spill on the table Conan has to have a towel to clean it up.
He continues to surprise, amaze and make us laugh every day. Despite the quirks and his advanced cognitive development we are reminded that Conan is just a two year old boy who loves and follows around his three year old sister, is a challenge to potty train, loves to go outside and get dirty and play with his cars and trucks.
Happy Birthday Conan! We love you!
Mom, Dad, Courtney and Ciara