You have mastered the art of using the toilet, for all of your business might I add. It took a while to convince you that it was okay to not wear a nappy for number 2's but we got there in the end and now you thoroughly enjoy flushing the toilet whilst joyfully saying "see ya tomorrow my poo!" (something we find far too amusing to discourage!)
Your speech is coming on well, although you are seeing a speech and language therapist for speech delay. You have a huge range of words, not all of them are understandable to everybody but you try really hard to pronounce them as you hear them and you have started to make sentences without prompting which is so wonderful for us to hear. You love to recite animal sounds, and you point to different objects and tell us what they are. Family and friends names are becoming more and more clear, if we drive to someone's house and you recognise the route you shout their name until we get there, and every so often in your play you will list familiar names too. We see your S&L therapist again in a couple of months and we're fairly certain she will be impressed with your progress.
After several attempts at having you sleep in you cot with the sides taken off, we gave in and realised it just wasn't the way forward. You were so upset that something was missing from your cot that you refused to sleep in it without being cuddled, stroked or shushed and at 2 years old that just isn't something we were willing to entertain. A couple of weeks ago we bought you a single bed and good grief do we wish we'd done this straight away! You absolutely love your bed, and you have done since I built it for you (yes thats right, don't let daddy fool you it's mummy that does all the DIY and flatpack building in our house!) we had a few nights of you waking up regularly and being a bit confused but you are now very much into the swing of sleeping all night in your big boy bed, which is such a relief to us as you'd been spending a lot of nights hogging the duvet in our bed leading up to us buying you your own.
We've been having a big old dose of the terrible two's of late, you are very strong minded and that coupled with a struggle to get your words out makes for a bit of a scene when you aren't allowed to do something you want. I don't think its anything out of the ordinary, we've seen your little pals do exactly the same so we're not worried about it, it's just not much fun carrying a sopping wet toddler round the woods kicking and screaming because he wants to jump in the stream but doesn't want to get wet!
Your little sister is a constant source of delight for you, and has been since she arrived. You love getting in her cot with her in the mornings to play, and regularly stop what your'e doing to come and give her hair a ruffle or plant a sweet kiss on her head. You talk to her in such a lovely little voice, that is specially reserved for her and I wish I could explain to you just how brilliant you are as a big brother. We had such worries about how you would react to having a sibling and we needn't have worried at all, you are so caring and protective of Nora and you love to show her off to anybody who's willing to look!
You are such a kind and loving little thing and inbetween the wobbly lipped two year old meltdowns you are a pretty well behaved kid, you have such a deep hearty chuckle when you're amused by something and get so much joy from being outdoors. You wait for a hand to hold before walking out of the front door, and you wave and say goodbye to anyone that you have met, and those you know are generously lavished with hugs and kisses and a call of "see you later, love you, see you soon" As I write this you are at nursery and you treated me to a big slobbery kiss, a pat on the shoulder and that same parting verse before running to your friends and shouting "hiya" excitedly. So until your next update my lovely, sweet boy... See you later, love you, see you soon x