This post has been sitting in my draft for so long that I missed the timeline to post it. LOL. I have edited it and added in the 23 month development of our littlest.
- Can kick a ball forward
I guess so. He misses the ball quite frequently.
- Follows two-step requests
Yes. I have tried asking him to pick up rubbish on the floor and throw into the bin.
- Imitates others’ behavior
Absolutely. When he is upset (for example, couldn’t get what he wants), he will cry and walk to a corner and cross his arms. Something his bro and sis does whenever they are angry. I think it all started with the eldest.
- Can do simple puzzle
I have gotten him some wooden peg puzzle, he can identify which piece goes where but is unable to rotate them properly and fix it correctly.
- Can draw a straight line
<Insert doodle pic>
- Can identify several body parts
Head, Knees, Toes, Hands, Eyes, Ears, Mouth, Teeth
- Can put on clothing
Nope. He couldn’t even take out his clothes properly.
- Might be ready for a big bed
Absolutely not. LOL. He has been co-sleeping in our room since he was a baby. In the past, he can sleep by himself throughout the night. Only require us to pat and stay with him for a short while should he wake up in the middle of the night. Nowadays, he will wake up in the middle of the night and climb onto our bed and sleep between us. And I notice he sleeps better and wakes up lesser when he sleeps between us.
- Understands opposites (tall and short)
I don’t think so. Never really tested him on this.
- Can make a tower of four bricks
Absolutely. The boy loves stacking. We found him stacking up the bottles (tooth pick bottles, vitamin bottles, etc) on the dining table. And surprisingly the manage to stabilise them quite well and the tower can “grow” decently tall.
- Can name a simple picture in a book
Dinosaur! He is able to pick up Dinosaurs in the books. Even with a new book I borrowed from the library, he was able to recognise them. Of course he can named other items or actions like banana, bear, apple, sleep, etc.
- Can use 50 single word
I think so. Off hand the words I can recall are “Dinosaur, Banana, Bear-Bear, Apple, Eat, Sleep, Milk, Moo, I, Shoes, Socks, Change, Mickey Mouse, Maisy Mouse, 汪汪队 (Paw Patrol in Chinese), 不要 (his latest verb), Daddy, Mummy, Jie Jie, TorTor (GorGor), TuTu (GuGu), MaaMaa, PoPo, YiYi, QQ, school, open, biscuit, potato, duck, dog, cat”. I’m sure there are much more but I didn’t really keep track or count them. But I think we have no worries about his speech development as of now.
- Can make two- or three-word sentences
Yes. I have heard him say “I eat apple”.
- Can sing simple tunes
Yes. His favourite song is “Happy Birthday” complete with candle blowing sound. LOL.
- Takes more of an interest in playing with other children
Hmm. Not really. He still plays by himself most of the time and dislike people to “touch” his things, though he take his GorGor and JieJie’s toy when they are playing.
- Can walk down stairs
If we hold his hands or he hold the side, yes. Or if it is just one little step, he can do it by himself.
- Talks about self (likes and dislikes)
Nope. The most is “不要”.
- Asks “Why”
Absolutely no. LOL
Time flies, you will be 2 next month. This month you started school, which was a big thing for you and the family. Your GorGor and JieJie are so excited that you are joining them in school. Unfortunately, you fell ill on the 4th day onward and didn’t go to school for a week. This tire Mummy, Daddy and MaaMaa out. Cause you are extremely grouchy and clingy. But you are slowly recovering now, hope your flu and cough will be gone soon and you will have a better night sleep.
And Mummy has to say you adapt well to school. By the 2nd day, you are totally fine without Mummy and Daddy around. Not sure if it is because you can see GorGor from your classroom and that provided you with some assurance. However, GorGor will be gone by the end of the month. Hopefully by then you will have built up a relationship with your teachers and friends.
Hope you will continue to enjoy school and be ready for your birthday party in school next month!