Two Year Old Toddler – Patriot’s Second Birthday

In just a flash, our adorable little one year old has gone from barely walking to a running, jumping, talkative two year old toddler. I loved seeing Patriot grow and change in his first year of life, but the second year was even better – more fun and active and full of surprises as his personality has started to shine.

Celebrating our Two Year Old Toddler

Trip to Guangzhou

Two Year Old Birthday Celebrations - Birthday experiences for a two year old toddler. Favorite moments for an expat toddler born in Hong Kong

We have been traveling with Patriot since he was 6 weeks old and love showing him new places. For his birthday we hopped on the train from Hong Kong just across the border to Guangzhou, China for a weekend visit to celebrate him becoming a two year old.

Shangri-La Guangzhou

Two Year Old Birthday Celebrations - Birthday experiences for a two year old toddler. Favorite moments for an expat toddler born in Hong Kong

We stayed at the Shangri-La in Guangzhou and had an amazing stay. It is a 5 star hotel but very family friendly. When we arrived they gifted Patriot a toy panda bear and after an afternoon splashing in the pool (where they had inflatable toys, slides, basketball hoops etc. set up), they sent up a plate of fruit, candy, milk, and cookies to our room. They also knew it was Patriot’s birthday and at dinner they delivered a delicious birthday cake and a card for him. We will definitely be back again!

Guangzhou Zoo

Two Year Old Birthday Celebrations - Birthday experiences for a two year old toddler. Favorite moments for an expat toddler born in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong we are lucky enough to have beautiful parks with flamingos and other birds, monkeys, fish, and turtles. We also visit Ocean Park frequently to see the pandas, penguins, and other animals and fish at the aquarium. However Patriot has never been to the zoo and since he loves animals at this age, the main purpose of our trip to Guangzhou was to visit the zoo. There are multiple zoos/animals parks in Guangzhou but we opted for the smaller (but still very large!) city zoo which was a very affordable 20 RMB (~3 USD) for adults (Patriot was free!).

Patriot was thrilled to see all the animals – leopards, jaguars, tigers, lions, elephants, bears, pandas, llamas, goats, pigs, monkeys, chimps, hippos, rhinos, porcupines, zebras…the list goes on and on. Despite the humidity and heat (we were all drenched in sweat!) we had a lot of fun and Patriot even got to feed the giraffes!

It was perfect for Patriot at this age as we spent over two hours there after breakfast, had an ice cream treat, then headed back to the hotel for Patriot to have a nap while Peter and I ate lunch. You could easily spend an entire day there, but it was tiring for a two year old (and for two sweaty parents) and we didn’t feel guilty with a short visit as it was so cheap to enter the park.

Two Year Old Birthday Celebrations - Birthday experiences for a two year old toddler. Favorite moments for an expat toddler born in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Celebrations

Two Year Old Birthday Celebrations - Birthday experiences for a two year old toddler. Favorite moments for an expat toddler born in Hong Kong

Back in Hong Kong, Peter and I put Patriot to bed then built an Ikea play kitchen as his birthday gift for the next morning. He woke up to it and spent hours cooking and making me coffee. This year we also celebrated with a special birthday cake – strawberry cake with cream cheese buttercream, decorated with some of the animals we saw the zoo just the day before! I wish I could have captured Patriot’s pure surprise and delight when he saw the cake for the first time.

Two Year Old Birthday Celebrations - Birthday experiences for a two year old toddler. Favorite moments for an expat toddler born in Hong Kong

Although we did not have a big birthday party like we did for his first birthday, dare I say, I enjoyed this birthday even more!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Patriot!

Patriot as a Two Year Old

Loves and Highlights

  • Music and dancing
    • He is a big fan of tunes like Baby Shark but also Tiësto & Sevenn ft. Gucci Mane” so he can imitate Jabbawockeez
  • Hotels
    • He has asked on more than one occasion to go to a hotel. Can you tell he loves to travel? He also once grabbed a bag and said he was going to Japan and going to a hotel.
  • Travel
    • So far he has been to Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Mexico, US, China, Rwanda, Macau, and Thailand!
  • Pretend play
    • In the kitchen cooking or talking on the phone or taking care of his baby
    • He calls his baby “Baby Boss” and cuts his nails, feeds him, and puts him to sleep
  • Reading books or playing with puzzles
  • Peppa Pig and Boss Baby
  • Animals and buggies
  • Swimming and playing in water
  • Pretending to work or go to work
  • Singing
    • Baa Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Little Monkeys, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Bahay Kubo
  • Counting 1-10
    • Though for some reason he sometimes counts 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, P!
  • Helps at home
    • Waters the plants and wipes up his spills
  • Favorite Foods
    • Rice, noodles, and dumplings!
  • Speaking
    • Speaks mostly in English, but also knows a few Cantonese and Tagalog words
  • Playing basketball and football

Dislikes

  • Sleeping alone
    • He mostly starts in his room, but ends with me snuggled with him in his little floor bed
  • Brushing his teeth
    • He is getting more and more used to this every night
  • Hair
    • He has a BIG fear of hair and screams whenever he sees it or it’s touching him.