coasting on his reputation today because he's a little fragile, so it's hard to be fierce. ~StoryPeople
While in Hilton Head, SC, our littlest man turned 2 years old. His actual birthday was spent touring Charleston, SC so we decided to have the actual celebration the next day when we were staying closer to home.
Landon did a great job on the long car trip down (and back) - he's a very happy, content child who doesn't complain much. He takes delight in the smallest things, and you should hear his squeals of delight when Mommy comes down the stairs or Daddy walks in the door. The day we celebrated his birthday, it was a nice enough day to visit the beach which was only a 10 minute walk away. Not too many people were on the beach, and though the water was too cold to enjoy, the boys had a blast playing in the sand.
The day before his birthday, we ordered a custom cake for Landon from a nearby supermarket. We searched for any kind of cake that had trucks on it (it is his one passion in life right now), but since that didn't exist, we settled on a farm scene with a John Deere tractor. We had brought about 3 wrapped presents down with us for him to open, however it was the cheap $5 tractor cake topper that he cherished and kept with him the entire vacation.
Landon must have understood quite clearly what a 2-year-old is supposed to be like and what is expected of him, because within a day or two of turning two, Landon started acting like one. He became very sensitive to things, frustrated and overall more expressive. It was amazing how Landon changed just over the course of our vacation. Not only did turning two affect his emotional development, but it also affected his physical and verbal development as well. He started trying to say words such as "star" and "moon" and making verbal noises he hadn't made yet. This was a relief for us as he had yet to actually start talking.
Turning two also showed us for the first time that he could run! We're not sure if it was being cooped up in the car for so long and then in the stroller during our tour around Charleston that finally spurred him into action, but as soon as he hit the beach the next day, he started running and wouldn't stop.
So now we have an official two-year-old in the house, and he continues to delight us each day!