Thursday, January 29, 2009

General Update

Most of our recent posts have been pictures so I thought I'd give a little Joseph update.

Coloring - Joseph loves coloring now and we spend a great deal of the day poured over his Disney coloring book. It's definitely more fun when mama colors too and even more fun when we tell mama which crayons she can or cannot use. This leads to some great lessons on sharing and not grabbing. He is, however, very sweet when he grabs. (grab. . . "thank you" . . "you're welcome")

Spelling - Joseph has known all his letters for about nine months. He brings me his Doodle Pro and asks me to write "Jopha"often. And now, when prompted, he will tell me all the letters in order to spell Joseph Henry. It's quite a show and includes lots of additional sounds and gestures at high levels of volume.

Eating - Joseph has always been a great eater and will eat pretty much everything and anything put in front of him. . . except for peanut butter. I guess we named him appropriately because Grandpa Joe doesn't like peanut butter either. He also loves cashews . . . just like Grandpa. He will often come to tell me that he wants a snack. . and usually knows exactly what he wants. A moment ago he put a bowl in my hand and said "cheese!" . . . but that just as easily could have been "soup," "cake," "cookie" or "ravioli."

Potty Training - I haven't started this yet and I'm not in a hurry at all. Changing diapers does not bother me. However, Joseph is starting to have more interest and will usually tell me when he has "pood?!" (side note - pretty much everything ends in a question form). We also have long discussions on the status of his diaper when I change him. "pood?!" . . . "pee pee?!" "just wet?" So I sat him on my lap and we did some internet searching for potty chairs . . which apparently is hysterically hilarious to a 2-year-old. "potty!!" (giggle, giggle, giggle, giggle) A potty chair has been ordered. We'll see if he likes it.

Backseat Driver - Joseph talks non-non stop when we get in the car. The first several minutes usually sound like this:
"here we go!"
"go that way?!"
"yay! Pawpaw?!" (yes - we've been home from Indiana for a month and this little boy still holds out hope that he's going to see Pawpaw almost every where we go)
"yay! horray!"
"here we go!"
"go shopping?!"
"here we go!"
Then it turns into singing along with whatever is on the radio. . . including the station promo spots. "His, His, His radio!"
And then in the last few blocks before we get home"
"yay! home!"
"go that way?!"
"yay! home!"
"yay! horray!"
"home!"

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