DS (2) is a 1. yes, yes, I realize that at 26 months its too early to consider him gifted, but he's way ahead of himself "academically" (vocab, number recognition & counting, letters, learning to read, accurately explaining mechanical & body processes, cooperative play, knows the planets of our solar system in & out of order, can read weather maps and tell us if it'll rain, knows map vs. globe, etc). He's always been ahead of the developmental charts - to the point where I tossed the books out and his Dr. stopped asking about reaching the milestones. he was holding his head up the day after he was born. laughing, smiling and vocalizing several sounds by 5 weeks. all of his teeth were in by 10.5 months (not including the 2 year molars), using a cup and a fork, knife & spoon well around a year. dribbling a soccer ball across the yard, on ice, by 20 months (I didn't think that was odd until the 8 year old neighbor flipped out about it - DS was keeping up with him). walking by 10 months, speaking several words by 8 months at the latest (which is when he quit sign language, I guess). throwing overhand by a year. jumped with both feet around 16 months (and it scared him so much he laid down & hugged the floor and still refuses to try again). climbing stairs alternating feet without holding on by 20 months, started drawing recognizable pictures around 18 months (of planes, diggers, etc from memory). he's dead on average for height and weight. We'll see if he actually turns out to be "gifted" or not though. But he's working his way through the kindergarten curriculum without being instructed/pushed in any manner - we just suddenly realize he can do random things (knows left vs right, can count past 20, etc). I think our days of spelling things above his head are nearing a close - he got "straw" yesterday.