Last year we took Baby Boy to the zoo for his birthday, and you may remember that he wasn’t that impressed by it. He was more interested in the statues than the actual animals.
This year, Nana, Granddad, and Uncle Mark arrived late on Saturday night, and drove over on Sunday morning (the birthday). About 15 minutes before they arrived, Baby Boy brought me his shoes, and said, “Outside please.” So I put his shoes on and out we went. When their car drove into the parking lot, my dad rolled his window down. The look on Baby Boy’s face was priceless. He was so surprised to see his Granddad drive up. After everyone got their hugs, we went upstairs to open presents.
Now, one might think picking a balance bike is easy. Ummm no. There are 4 different tire materials to pick from: plastic, EVA foam (nerf football material), regular bike tire, and what we picked. What we went with is a rubber tire that has a honeycomb pattern in the inside so it never needs to be filled, can’t go flat, but provides better traction that some of the other options. Balance bikes also come in many different sizes. This one has a 12.5″ standover height that I think goes up to 17″ as he grows. It has a steel frame (some are wood) which we thought was good with a rough and tumble boy, and it’s one of the very few balance bikes with a padded seat. John’s favorite thing about the bike is that it arrived at our door fully assembled. The most important thing though is that Baby Boy loves his bike. We had to pry him off his bike that night to get him to bed. Here’s the bike we picked if you’re interested.
His helmet has airplanes on it which he loves. Finding a helmet for a 2 year old is also harder than you would think. So many of them come with patterns of skulls and cross bones. That’s just not for us.
Baby Boy and my brother share the same birthday, so after they both opened their presents, we headed out to Carkeek Park for a picnic lunch. Everyone had a great time. Not one, but TWO trains came by while we were there which of course Baby Boy loved seeing. He ran and played so much while we were there that he could barely keep his eyes open on the way home for his nap.
After lunch, John had work to do, but met up with us again for dinner. After Baby Boy woke up from his nap, we took him to another park to play for a bit. Mark and I had just about has much fun as Baby Boy did. A couple of weeks ago, John was goofing around with Baby Boy at the park and was showing him how he could jump out of a swing. Baby Boy of course was delighted, so John talked me into trying it, but for some reason, when John jumps, Baby Boy giggles a little bit, but when I jump, it’s hilarious. Go figure… Baby Boy would count to 3, and then I would jump on 3. He even got Uncle Mark jumping from the swing.
This was a very fun 2nd and 26th birthday celebration!
* He had his 2 year check-up on Sept. 9th. He measured in around 37.5″ (98th percentile) and just under 33lbs (95-98th percentile). He wears a 3T in clothes and a size 8 (toddler) shoe.