Height and Weight: He is still off the charts for his age, 39 inches and 41 pounds. Literally off the charts. But he is active (kicking/throwing a ball around the house as I write this), strong, and healthy. She had no concerns about his speech or language. He has really taken off in the last six months and became such a talker.
Eating: Not as well as he used to. If it is meat, cheese, eggs, beans, pasta, potatoes, or bread we normally have no problems. But he is in a picky stage and will pick out onions and vegetables from dishes. He still actually will eat pureed food much better than actual veggies, and I don't seem to be able to get him past this. Fruit has about a 50-50 chance of getting eaten, depending on his mood. He likes to put lemon and lime juice in his water, and will drink any kind of watered down juice that he can get. I don't really push it with most food, but I would like him to eat some green things...
Early Literacy: He loves the shows Word World (yay) and Super Reader (boo). WW has definitely upstaged Elmo. For that matter, so has Grover, which they unfortunately don't play much on Sesame Street so we have just been skipping that all together lately. Last time, when the Super Grover segment was over and they did the advertisement for Elmo coming next, he actually said "No Elmo, More Grover!" and pouted. He really is learning his letters thanks to these two shows, and when we work on his Pre-K book together he gets very excited to point out the letters and sing "LMNOP" and "Z". He is into a couple longer Dr. Seuss books lately, unfortunately, and amazes me at just home many books he has committed partially to memory. When reading his favorites I always pause and let him say words at the end of the sentences. When we are out walking he likes to stop at signs and point out letters.
Early Numeracy: Theo is a good little counter now. He can't make "S" sounds well, so six and seven are rough but we know what he is trying to say. He is getting into shapes, asking to watch "Elmo's Shapes" quite often and again pointing out the shapes of signs on our walks. He's starting to name numbers, however, he is quite adamant that the number "8" is "number B".
Sibling Training: Theo does seem very excited about the baby coming. He will "knock" on my belly and tell the baby to wake up, and always blesses him in his nightly prayers (Mama, Dada, then little brother).
Behavior: I think he is typical in his occasional defiance (for a two year old). He will be naughty on occasion, and sit through his resulting time out. Recently, he cracked us up with his reluctance to comply with a request (to eat something, or go to a time out), when he said "ALRIGHT" and started doing what had been asked. It was so unexpected. I'm not sure where/when he learned that phrase, but now he has been saying it all the time. It is too cute.
New Book Favorites: Little Critter Books, Fox in Socks, One Fish, Two Fish
Favorite Toys: Toy cars and ramps, Duplos, Barn and animal set, Firetruck. He also loves his stuffed animals. I was always confused why my mother kept giving him random stuffed animals, (a lion at Christmas, a random Iguana) but now I'm thankfully. He loves to play with his animals, and they get to partake in a lot of the activities that we do. He will set them up all over the house. Often times they are fighting and eating each other, but it is still fun to play with him with them.
I haven't done a great job documenting his growth with his blue bear, but I think this tells the story pretty well: