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Painted Horsey Craft Project

We tried this particular arts and crafts about 3 months ago with no interest on baby J's part. But this time, he did it from start to finish. It was his third attempt in the past 3 months, and I guess the third time's the charm.

From Michaels craft store, I just got an unfinished wooden horse shape (they had many different shapes like butterflies, flowers, etc.), some kids washable paint, foam star stickers, and craft gems.

He painted it all by himself. And when it dried, he stuck the stickers on (he chose only green stars, his favorite color) and told me where to put glue drops so he could stick the gems on.

I was so proud of this accomplishment that I had to document it! I guess I will put magnetic tape on it and stick it to the refrigerator.

2yo Spider-man

After watching his big sister and her friends play dress up all the time, he decided he wanted to join in the fun. Luckily, he got a Spiderman costume for his 2 year birthday, so he doesn't have to wear princess dresses all the time.

We also ended up getting him Iron Man and Batman costumes after a while because the Spiderman suit would eventually be replaced by a Merida dress when he wanted to shoot a bow and arrow. We figured a few more "manly" costumes would deter him from the princess dresses. But he does love his superheros!

23 Months

At 23 months, he is a boundless bundle of energy. He is learning things faster than we know. A couple of weeks ago we were reading a book, and he pointed at illustrations in the books of boys and girls. And somehow he knew the difference between a boy and a girl. I think it was probably mostly due to short hair versus long hair.

His sentence structure is getting pretty good, too. He is adept at telling us what he wants. He is way past the grunt and point stage. He is learning how to count, mostly from listening to his older sister do it. He is getting better at identifying colors. His favorite color is green.

He and his sister are inseparable. They do everything together and always ask about the other when they are not around.

19 Month Spiderman

Its so hard to believe that 19 months have gone by! He is growing up so fast. The baby is fading away, and a little boy is appearing. He can say almost anything he needs to in order to communicate with us. He knows how to ask for drinks, milk, juice. He can tell me what he wants to eat, like snap peas, or peaches. He says "sleep mommy" when he wants to lie down with me during nap time. He can follow most instructions I give him, like "put it on the table" or "turn the puzzle pieces over", or even "shhhh".

His favorite character is Spiderman. Only because there is so much Spiderman paraphernalia for kids out there right now, that it is hard not to like it. Plus the colors are appealing. He loves his Spidey action figure, his Spiderman jammies and shirts.

His favorite music to dance to is Merlin's opening theme song.

His favorite songs to sing are "Wind the Bobbin Up" and the Imperial March from Empire Strikes Back.

Some of his favorite foods are vienna sausage, rice, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and snap peas. He loves to drink milk, chocolate milk, and juice.

He is having more temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way. But they are still short lived and easily distractable. He loves to push our limits and see what we will do.

But for now, he is still our cute little baby!

18 Month Little Boy

He's learning how to role play now. He takes his Elmo doll and has a conversation with it. He stuck a clothespin in its mouth and said "No!", and then "OK" (says Elmo) and takes it out of his mouth. He also has Elmo and his Prince doll have conversations.

He just loves Elmo. I don't know why because we haven't really encouraged Elmo with him (like we did his sister). But after watching one or two Sesame Street shows, he's somehow hooked on Elmo. He pulls his sister's Elmo PJs out of her drawer, he spots Elmo everywhere, and he asks for Elmo when I put him in his carseat because I gave him Elmo one time in his carseat.

He is learning a lot of words and is able to communicate with us pretty well. He seems to understand most of what we say to him. He responds with yes, no, or OK. He is starting to clean up his own mess, toys and other activities. Sometimes he even does it without being asked. I wonder if that is from watching his sister do it (she's getting a lot better at it, too).

I've seen him take out a baggie with markers and a notepad from a drawer. A while later, I opened the drawer and found that he had put them back into the baggie and back into the drawer after he had colored with them. He has also put back almost all the playing cards that he dumped out of a box. He had been sitting there for a while, and I didn't know what he was doing. Finally he came to me with most of the deck put back in the box and said "All done!"

He is pretty good at entertaining himself, finding interesting things to get into, and getting creative about playing with things in various different ways. Definitely an out-of-the-box thinker. I'm glad he's creative, because I'm not. He must take after his daddy. Right now, he is sitting here next to me attaching markers together bottoms to caps.

His temper tantrums are pretty mild so far, compared to others I've seen. He screams pretty loudly when he gets frustrated and hits and throws things. But it is short lived and easily consolable and controlable. When I tell him don't hit or don't throw, he usually modifies his behavior and tones it down. He is pretty good at managing his emotions. But he definitely gets defiant and tests the limits, which is normal toddler behavior. He's only 18 months, so there is much more toddler development to witness.

He loves music and loves to dance. He also enjoys watching others dance. He was mesmerized by his big sister's tap dance routine. His sister is BIG into dance, especially ballet. We'll see where his interests develop as he gets older.

Real Boy

You would think that hanging around his big sister all the time and her girlfriends, and being surrounded by girly toys, he would naturally gravitate toward girly things. Well he does love jewelry, but those are shiny, sparkly, clangy things, who wouldn't love those. Oh and he does love to play with makeup, but again, that's more like art supplies to toddlers.

But despite all that, he gravitates towards Spiderman PJs, Elmo toothpaste, Star Wars books, and Lightning McQueen shoes. He finds the few cars, trucks, and choo-choos that we have burried in piles of pink plastic toys and scoots them around. He loves to pretend sword fighting, or lightsaber fighting, with anything he can find, like toy golf clubs, or any long stick. So somehow, he manages to be a "real" boy. I am surprised to see it happening. Amongst all the dolls we have around the house, he seems to favor the Princes and Peter Pan. I used to think that it was a societal thing that forced boys to like cars, trucks, fencing, and "boyish" things. But maybe some of this stuff is pre-programmed in.


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