Odin’s 22 Month Favourites/Update

It’s super hard to believe that in two short months, Odin will be turning 2! I feel like time has gone by even faster since he turned 1. Odin is at a stage where he is into everything – and has outsmarted our kitchen cabinet locks – and is constantly on the go. It’s a fun stage, but also exhausting, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I also feel like Odin is more fun for other people now. I have always found him fun, but now that he is capable of doing more and is talking, I feel like our family and friends are able to enjoy him that much more.

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I feel like this picture sums u Odin right now. He is a curious little explorer, learning new things about the world around him, and of course, he loves animals (there are chickens roaming under the apple tree).

Some of the things I want to remember about this stage are:

– Funny sayings – instead of saying ‘thank you’ when you do something or give something to Odin, he now says ‘I welcome’. When he closes a door or is moving backwards, he says ‘boop, boop, boop’ like a truck backing up.

– Odin loves trucks, tractors and any type of large moving vehicle. When we are driving he sits in his carseat and shouts “woah, look!” every time one of those types of vehicles drive by. There are a few farms near our house, so our daily walks usually include a few “woah, look”s when the tractors are out.

– Although Odin is going through a picky eater phase, when he likes a food, he really lets you know and it really comical when eating it. He will make really loud ‘mmmm yum!’ sounds and eats so quickly that if you blink, you’ll miss it 😉

– He always wants us to sit beside him when he is working on crafts or puzzles. He pats the ground beside him, looks at me and says ‘mama!’. So then we sit together a work on puzzles for hours 🙂

– He can still be snuggly. Mostly when he is tired or has just woken up, Odin is the snuggliest little guy and I love it, because I know that he won’t be snuggly forever.

– Odin doesn’t want to miss anything. He runs everywhere and constantly asks to be lifted up if he can’t see something. I love the little explorer side of him!

– Although he is super independent, he shows us he still misses us. He loves his daycare, but one of my favourite parts of the day is when we pick him up after work and he runs into my arms. It’s simply the best.

Odin’s 20 Month Update

I almost feel a slight bit of anxiety typing ’20 months’ and associating that with my son. Odin will be 2 years old in 4 short months. Although he is long out of the baby stage, I can’t help but keep asking myself where my baby went and where this little boy came from. As most moms can relate: he is growing up too fast.

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Odin turned 20 months old on July 29th. Here are some of his favourite things, his favourite foods and the things we are looking forward to:

Favourite Things:

  • Mega Bloks – hands down these are Odin’s favourite things to play with. You could put him in front of his blocks and he would build them, knock them down, rebuild and repeat for hours. I love that he loves blocks, as they encourage him to use his imagination and helps him practice different motor skills.
  • Animals – we live in a rural area and are surrounded by farms. Everyday we go for a family walk and take Odin to say hi to horses, cows, chickens, ducks and the neighbourhood dogs. He has always loved animals, but over the past month he gets so excited about them and points and waves to them which babbling away – usually pointing to the animals, looking at us and saying “I get?”
  • Wooden Peg Puzzles – when we knew Odin was on his way, we had bought a number of things for him that we knew he wouldn’t be able to use as a baby, but would be able to play with when he was a bit older. Over the past month Odin has been obsessed with putting his puzzles together. What shocks me the most is how quickly he masters them. We will be looking for new puzzles in the next few weeks so that he doesn’t get bored!
  • Red Panda – we went to a family birthday party at Build-A-Bear Whorkshop at Bayshore Mall in Ottawa. Odin selected a red panda to build, and with his limited vocabulary, named it ‘Uh-Oh’. Uh-Oh now travels everywhere with us.

Favourite Foods:

  • Fruits – melon (all kinds), apples, grapes, berries (all kinds), even dried fruit – the list goes on. He will eat a million fruits before touching a vegetable, which is something we continue to work on.
  • Pasta – he is like me in this regard. He loves all kinds of pasta (and using the pasta sauce as face paint).
  • Chicken – finally! We have spent a lot of time trying to get Odin to eat a little bit of meat and this month he really took a liking to chicken.
  • Apple sauce
  • Yogurt – after going through a yogurt loving phase, Odin barely wanted yogurt over the past few months. However, in the past couple of weeks he can’t get enough of it.

Looking Forward To:

  • The Fall – dare I say it? Before I wish the summer away, we are looking forward to the fall and some time off as a family. We have a trip to Boston planned for October, as I was able to get my hands on tickets to see the Patriots at home in Foxboro!!!
  • Football season – I don’t even care if it’s preseason football. Odin loves watching football so much and I can’t wait to see his retains to the games now that he is more vocal.
  • Cottage weekend – we get to spend some time with our friends in the next couple of weeks at their cottage in the Kawarthas (this also means wolf paws ice cream from Kawartha Dairy 😉 )

Sidenote: I’m looking forward to running the Canada Army Run half Marathon in September. It’s the last half marathon I raced in before getting pregnant with Odin!