I have a couple questions about "normal" toddler behavior. I have absolutely ZERO experience dealing with a toddler prior to my first baby turning into one, so I am not sure if some of her behaviors are just toddler weirdness or if there is something more going on. My ped office doesn't do a 2.5yr check up, and I haven't really decided if I think I should take her in for an eval or something...but anyway, with all the buzz about ASD going on right now, I am a little paranoid and wondering if I am over thinking about this?
So one of the biggest things that frustrates me with her is what seems to be a lack of depth of conversation...for example, (she is 32 months, 3 in June) when she talks, it's always very superficial questions. She will say "what's that?" or repeat things like "did you have a good day?" "did you take a shower (when she sees me in a towel" "did you go store?" etc. but she doesn't really ask any deeper questions...if that makes sense? She doesn't really speak very conversationally, it's just shallow questions like I listed, or observations, or asking where something is, if she can have something, etc.
She also appears to not be very interested in learning about things, like the why or how of things. She blatantly refuses to learn to catch, and even though I've shown her how to do it since like a year old, she puts her hands all the way behind her head every time I tell her to catch something. Her 13 month old brother can actively catch things with his hands.
She speaks very clearly, has a great vocabulary, knows 1-10, all the ABCs, I know she is VERY observant, she often pipes up with something that I have no idea how she learned that lol or she will know an exact line from a book we haven't read in months. I just wonder about her lack of meaningful exchange in conversation...is 2.5 too early to expect some back and forth? Or should I take her in for an evaluation? I'm not sure if I am just being paranoid, or just don't know anything about toddlers!
Any advice is appreciated!