Krewson boy, every day you continue to grow and mature and amaze us with the things you're learning about this world. I love having conversations with you and listening to you talk. I love seeing how your mind works and laughing at your naivety about the things around you. You just bring so much joy to every day!
You are becoming more and more independent and determined to get your way. Multiple times a day we hear "My do it MY BY SELF!!". "NO!" comes out of your mouth quite frequently now, and is often met with "Krewson, you do NOT tell your mommy [or daddy, or grandma, or grandpa] no!" Your response is usually a mischievous smile or an instant pouty face and the words, "My sad." You're definitely testing your limits!
As of today you are 34.75 inches tall (20th percentile) and weigh a little over 30 lbs (56th percentile). You are wearing size 8 or 9 shoes, 2t shorts (although they're getting small), 24 month and 2t shirts, and size 5 diapers.
Yes, you are still in diapers. You pretty much refuse to use the potty and come up with great excuses for your reluctance. Eileen told me she offers your friend Adi "chocolate mountains" (Hershey's Kisses) for using the potty at daycare. I thought I'd give it a try the other day, but you replied "My don't want chocolate mountains!!" despite the fact that you love candy and chocolate. I've bought you two books about little boys learning to use the potty, and you love having the books read to you. But still no potty in the toilet. I might have to start doing a bit of research on potty training methods.
Of course, if you were done with diapers, there would be no more awesome shots like this.
You seem to be warming up to your brother a bit, although you still see him as more of a nuisance than anything. Thankfully you've stopped acting angry toward me and seem to have accepted that he is a part of our family. For the most part, you ignore him. Occasionally we'll catch you doing something sweet, such as trying to give him his pacifier or blowing him an air kiss, and I treasure those moments. But they are few and far between. I know that once he starts acting more like a child and less like a little blob you'll like him a lot more, but that time is still a good ways off!
This past month you did a lot more swimming. You let your head go under water without crying, and you even learned to swim by yourself with a life jacket on, which is so exciting! This past weekend you even went tubing behind a boat (VERY slowly) with your daddy! I was so impressed. When your head goes under water, you always announce immediately afterwards, "My a big boy now!!!" Yes, yes, you're a big boy now. :)
You still love all things sports, cars and trucks and buses and airplanes and tractors, rough housing with your dad, coloring, singing, dancing, playing instruments, climbing on playsets, and tearing our house to shreds. You've also started to play make-believe a lot more lately, which I LOVE to watch. Hearing you make pretend voices for your trucks as you smash them into one another is quite entertaining.
Oh, and you still love to talk. Nonstop. As long as there are no unfamiliar people around. Then you tend to go mute. My favorite words to hear you say right now are "maidorhood" (neighborhood) and "That's important!" because your little voice sounds so sweet when you say them. (You can listen below.) You're also getting a lot better at using your pronouns. We've had several mini-lessons on "girls are her, boys are him, girls are she, boys are he", and then we go through lots of people you know and discuss whether each of them is a boy or girl. One of my favorite of your little sayings in the past month was when you were looking for Maggie and you said, "Where is he?? Oh, there she are!!!" It was simply adorable. :)
Keep on growing our little two-and-a-half-year-old! Your Mommy and Daddy love you!