two years with the Zaner

This kid. I can't believe he's two already:

It's been so many years since I had toddler boys that I had forgotten just how much energy they have! :D Zaner is a firecracker- full of crazy energy and always going, until he crashes in his bed:

Never in almost 12 years of parenting can I recall a child blowing out his candles three times before the end of the song. Here I hadn't finished lighting them the first time before he was blowing! :D

I can't get enough of this picture:

Oh the joy he brings us! :D

Things I always want to remember about Zaner's second year:
  • the way he shrugs his shoulders to say I don't know
  • how he says only names, and points and says "mah" for EVERYTHING but somehow we can still communicate perfectly
  • how he could work my iPhone at 14 months, unlock it and scroll three pages to open Elmo Calls
  • how we made it to 20 months of nursing- the longest I've nursed any of ours
  • how he feels like a lead weight when I pick him up now :D I didn't get weaker or anything, right? hahah!
  • how he eats everything in sight, all day long {we predict linebacker will be his first job}
  • how he isn't afraid of bugs or frogs, and will kick spiders if we don't stop him
  • how he nearly takes his newborn sister out of my arms because he wants to hold her so badly
  • how he gives air kisses and says "Mah!"
  • how he hated getting dirty for the first half of his second year, and went to dirty all the time in the 2nd half
  • how he only likes certain outfits and refuses most of his clothing, wanting to pick out his own
  • how he raises his hands and cheers when we say we're going to Papa's or to eat
  • how much this boy loves his daddy
It's weird to think two years ago, we didn't know him, but now our family has changed completely because of our sweet kid #5. :D