Cohen Turns 2!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Last week my sweet baby boy turned 2! He's not a baby anymore and I'm just not handling it well. I want my baby back! We didn't do a party (basically because I'm a lame mom), but we did get together with some friends that have twin boys that were born 6 days before Cohen. I will post about that later.

On his birthday, we gave him a cake in hopes of having him do a cake smash, but Cohen disappointed once again. He had really no interest in messing around the cake. He only really got into the cake when we handed him a knife and fork. What a total diva!

This was the year of trains! He got so many trains from Grandma and Grandpa Neu and Anderson. He was in heaven!

Highlights from Cohen's 2nd Year!

Top Memories:

  • Thanksgiving with Ashley and Eric in NYC 
  • Buying a Christmas tree with Grandma, Grandpa and Kari
  • First trip to see Santa
  • Cohen laughing his head off as Brie barked at the squirrel stuck in the screen door
  • Got to meet ALL his cousins! (except Elias)
  • Started going to nursery. It was really tough at first (for Daddy), but he's a pro now
  • Broke his elbow climbing down the stairs at Aunt Sharon and Uncle Ben's
  • Jeff letting Cohen run around naked before his bath and Cohen peeing on the floor
  • Went to the Central Park Zoo, Cape May Zoo, and Adventure Aquarium 
    • When we saw the bears he growled and when he saw the cow he mooed
  • At bedtime Cohen always says, "Scriptures, Prayer, Song." I read scriptures while Jeff gets Cohen ready. Then we say family prayer and then Jeff sings Cohen a song.
  • He says, "No" in a very sweet innocent voice.
  • He runs and hides in the tent in his toy room when he knows it's time for a nap
  • In the morning he wakes up and starts talking to himself.
  • Several people have told us that he is one of the chattiest little kids ever!
  • When Brother Evenson was giving a talk and was talking about Father, Cohen yelled, "Daddy!" Everyone laughed.
  • He was Captain America for Halloween
  • Baby Sitters: Alex, Jack, Rachel, Jilyn, Jenny, Kimmy


  • Foods: Yogurt, Sweet Potatoes, Dark Chocolate, Peas, Corn, Broccoli, Cheese, Chicken, Hot Dogs, Pear, Apple, Melon, Fries
  • Words (most used): This, Help, Cookie, Chocolate, Train, No, All Done, Go, Wow, and Oh, Man
    • Cohen started saying, "This" because whenever he would point at something, Jeff or I would pick it up and say, "This?" Now, everything to him is "this."
  • Toys: Loves anything that rolls: Balls, Trains, Cars, Trucks. He loves playing with brooms and vacuums. He loves it when the cashiers at the grocery store (especially Trader Joes) give him stickers. Loves BUBBLES! His Jeep. He enjoys running the Jeep into different objects...and people!
  • TV shows: We just started watching TV, but He seems to really like Thomas and Friends, Sesame Street, and Daniel the Tiger.
  • Things to do: 
    • Going to the park and going for a walk to play at the playground. He also loved going to the Spray Ground and getting wet.
    • Jumping (he generally counts as he does this)
    • Walking up and and down inclines (RAMPS!)
    • Pushing his stroller
    • Cohen likes to climb all over Brie and Brie just takes it. They are best buds
    • Wearing sunglasses
    • He likes the phone and enjoys talking to Grandma, Grandpa (G-Pa), and Auntie Harmizzle (Higgle). He generally picks up random objects and talks to them like they are a phone 
    • Being tickled by Daddy!
    • Run! This kid generally doesn't walk anywhere, he runs! It's most defiantly a toddler run/trot with little steps. Thump, Thump, Thump.  He also doesn't corner well...
    • Books! Cohen loves having books read to him. Favorites: Bear Snores On, The Zoo Book, and anything with flaps.
    • Play outside 


  • Utah (December) - To visit Grandpa and Grandma Neu and Kerrie and Laurent and Emilie
  • Washington/Oregon - Spent Christmas with family and friends. Got to spend some time with Great Grandpa Anderson, Great Grandma Olsen, and Mommies uncles, aunts, and cousins!
  • Southern Virginia University - Visit with Russ and Jeanie Tompkins
  • Wisconsin - Visit Aunt Sharon and Uncle Ben for Atticus's Baby Blessing
  • Atlantic City, NJ - Went with Daddy to his NJ State Bar Annual Meeting
  • Utah (August) - Stayed at the Stein Eriksen Lodge with Aunt Sharon, Uncle Ben, and Cousin Atticus.
Things He's Learned:
  • How to walk! (January 27th, 2015)
  • He can count to 10, sometimes up to 15
    • Jeffrey started teaching Cohen this when we were in Utah when we were staying at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. There were several stairs and every time Cohen climbed them Jeff would count each step.
  • He knows several animals and what sounds they make.
  • He can feed himself with a fork and spoon
  • He's gotten very good at holding our hand when we walk somewhere
  • Climbing 


  1. Erika, he is seriously so cute! I love reading about your family!

    1. Thanks Jana! I love reading about your side of the tracks :)