There is something about this age that is so precious. Everything they say is adorable. Even the temper tantrums can be comical at times. Our little S turned two on Tuesday and I can't get enough of this kid. As he is sitting in his bed screaming about something that upset him, I have to wonder why I love two year olds so much. So here's a list of some of the things that make this age so cool.
1. The way the talk is so funny. Usually they leave off multiple sounds from their words and often the sounds they can say are a bit off. It makes most common phrases hilarious. We say "pwease" and "fank you", we get "biaper" changes and we eat lots of "cwackews."
2. 2 year olds have no idea what the difference between loud and soft is. And mostly it's just loud. S yells "hi" and "bye" to any stranger he meets and at any car passing by the front of our house. Oh, and all the birds and various animal/plant life that can be seen from the front window. This becomes slightly problematic in settings that require silence, so we generally avoid those areas.
3. Kids this age are expert imitators. You begin to realize what your favorite catch phrase is from them. When G-man was 2, we said "dude" a lot. When Kiwi was 2 we said "ah man" a lot. S has picked up "holy cow" and occasionally "holy crap." Which is one of the lesser cuss words in the mormon lexicon. I'd hate to have him shocking the nursery leader with that one.
The other day Kiwi asked "Are me and G going to the store?" S promptly started saying "mean G-man". Because that's what it sounded like to him. So I instructed Kiwi to say "Are G-man and I going to the store." S chimed in and said "G-man nice" Apparently both phrases are confusing. And since he likes to label everyone he knows as mean or nice, he was easily confused by it.
4. 2 year olds are easily obsessed with things. Mr. S is obsessed with trash cans and garbage trucks. Tuesdays are the best days of his life. He can't wait to take the can to the curb Monday night and most of Tuesday breakfast is spent at the front window watching the garbage truck go by. If he sees a trash can that has fallen over, you hear about it all day and he will try to convince you to go back and pick it up. He has learned what the color blue is from the recycling bin.
There is much more I could list. There are also some definite downsides the the age that I could list like the tantrums, the screaming, the frustration when misunderstood, the inability to share, etc, etc. I like to say the difference between two and two and a half is these two year olds still seem so innocent and haven't quite gained the attitude that comes in another six months. And then the "crap" will hit the fan.
A few videos to illustrate.