Originally Posted by lckrause
Just starting a new thread since several people have asked for one over the past couple weeks. I guess 26 pages is long enough.
Hope it's okay, eilonwy.
It's all good to me!
It's just that of my half dozen odd "regular" threads, I've started the most recent threads of 5 of them; I spent a bit of time encouraging others to do it for the new year, and even posted linking instructions for the old threads. :LOL And I haven't started any of the newest threads.
BeanBean is 26 months old now and doing some pretty cool stuff. He's really interested in percentages (I think Mike taught him the % sign), and knows that 100% means something is finished/whole/complete, and that 50% means it's not. He's been playing with words a lot, and tells me all about nouns ("ChibiChibi is a noun, television is a noun, BeanBean is a noun, mamma is a noun, a noun is the name of a person, place, thing, idea!").
He's been drawing a lot with his cousin. She draws people and flowers and houses and trees, and he draws triangles and lines and circles. He doesn't make a scribble and say "this is mamma" but he does scribble a bit and then say "Mamma, I made this for you. See here? It's a triangle! And this is a mess!"
:LOL It's adorable, really. He's completely obsessed with triangles. I understand; I was too at his age. He knows circle, square, rectangle, octagon, hexagon and star as well (occasionally squares and rectangles get mixed up) but the triangle holds a special place in his little heart. :LOL
We're still fighting sleep issues (it's 2:40 AM; he went to sleep less than half an hour ago), especially because when he wants to be awake, he tends to make noise and kick his sister.
Tonight, we're at the IL's again; he's got lots of very loud toys here. He turned off his Boom Box because "It's too loud for BooBah. She's sleeping. Shhhhhh."
So he is trying, and he's learning compassion, sharing, and all sorts of social things. I'm much more impressed by that than any of the "academic" things he does, but all anyone else can talk about is how well he speaks of late.
I think it's much more noteworthy that he understands that when someone is scared or upset, they need a hug and that when his sister's asleep she needs quiet. And yesterday, when Mike came home from work, BeanBean wrapped his arms around his neck and said "I missed you, daddy. I love you so much!"
He likes to play with names, too; "Mamma loves BooBah. BooBah loves Mamma. BooBah loves Eli. Eli loves Daddy." He'll do this for half an hour, with his cousins' and aunts' and grandparents' names. :LOL
Miss BooBah is 6.5 months old and has been crawling long enough that she fears edges now and will not tumble off the edge of a bed or anything else while she's awake; instead, she'll shriek for attention.
Next step: Learning to turn around and slide off legs first. She's actually done it a few times, but I'm not certain that it's deliberate at this point. She's been saying "I love you" a lot, she's blowing fewer raspberries than she was and babbling a lot more, with actual words thrown in for good measure. BooBah calls her brother by name and calls her cousin the same thing every time but it sounds nothing like her name...
She also says "mamma," "dadda," "hi," "yeah," and "keeee paaa" (clean pants! :LOL) and is still thrilled beyond reason when people understand her. She's definately gaining weight, and vomiting much less since she started taking Pepcid and eating rice cereal. I'd like to start her on some veggies, but I'm hesitant because veggies can cause gas (even the pureed ones) and I don't want her to associate any more pain with eating.
So I'm holding off for a little while longer.
I'm still a little concerned about BooBah "passing" BeanBean, but less than I was now that he's really talking and taking off. He had more actual words than she does, but she communicates more effectively with other people than he did. It's difficult to explain, and I don't know if it's actually her or just that she's a girl and people are more likely to assume that a girl is expressing herself than a boy...? Then again, she wears more boy clothes than girl clothes.
I don't know. At any rate, they love each other dearly, and that's a huge step in the right direction as far as I'm concerned.