As you know, we make it a point to celebrate half birthdays around here. We went all out for Banks' first half birthday and now we've toned it way down. This year, I decided to ask him a few questions that we can look back on one day.
What is your favorite color: red
Who is your best friend: Lightning A-Queen
What is your favorite thing to eat: muffins
What is your favorite thing to drink: juice
What is your favorite thing to play: Percy (this is a Thomas the Train thing for those non-boy readers) and projects (he's really into art projects these days)
What is your favorite tv show: I don't know (I didn't ask him twice because asking once caused a major meltdown about wanting to watch tv)
What is your favorite book: Everyone Poops (and yes, he was serious about that)
What is your favorite song: Rudolph (somebody can't quite get over the fact that Christmas has passed)
What is your favorite animal: Giraffe
What do you want to be when you grow up: "Be two"...I guess he wants to be two forever.
At 2 1/2 Banks is going through a very picky phase. Matt is concerned that he might be a vegetarian (hehe). I think it is more a texture thing than anything else. For example, he will spit out the skin of a grape or blueberry (lots of work, right?) but will still eat cauliflower and raw bell pepper. It's really just hit or miss. He'll tell me he doesn't want something, I put it on his plate regardless and then he eats every bite.
He's a smart little kid (don't all parents think that about their little ones???)...he can count to 30 sometimes, 20 all the time. He can identify most of his letters and just a few numbers. If you ask him what his name is he'll tell you "Banks Still, S-T-I-L-L." The first time he spelled our last name out I about passed out. It's not something we've been working on but I guess he has overheard us spell it out so many times (because everyone wants us to be Steele, not Still) that he just picked up on it. He can tell you his birthday is "July sirdy-eth" and can name the days of the week (just not in order).
He is becoming more creative...making up words to familiar tunes and wanting to do art projects all the time. He still loves reading books, playing with trains and cars/trucks. He's not so big on playing by himself. He has become very particular about some things...especially his nighttime routine. He's doing wonderfully in his big boy bed (after three weeks of struggling) but wants to be covered up by his blanket, have his lovie laid out next to him (and covered up) and his stuffed bunny propped up in the corner of the bed. Seriously, where do they come up with this stuff???
Not happy about waking up to the camera in his face. His new thing...unzipping his pj's. He just wants to show off his chest hair.
He's still all boy. He's rough, plows his toys into everything, breaks a good many of his toys and throws things. He tests every boundary. The "sad spoon" has become my best friend...we have one down stairs, one upstairs and one in the car. He is deathly afraid of the thing and just the threat of it gives me the result I'm looking for. And bless his heart when I have to use it...he just dissolves into a pitiful mess!
Digging in the sand:
We are trying to soak up every minute of him...two weeks from today he'll have a brother with which to share his time! Happy half-birthday to Banks!
Opening his half-birthday present: