Friday, October 22, 2010

a normal two-year-old?



i think that i am a pretty normal two-year-old. i run around a lot, i like to build blocks and i talk all the time even though sometimes people around me have a hard time understanding. i know some letters, like E and W and R, i know how to count to 10 (i make a couple of mistakes along the way of course), and i make meticulous little circles when i draw. but every time i see my grandpa he is always asking my mommy if i do everything that a two-year-old should be doing. i think that he secretly hopes to hear that i am a genius or something. grandpa always needs to be convinced that his grandchildren are special and gifted in some way. or, at least, that they are better at stuff when compared to other children their age. i guess it's nice that he thinks we are more talented then others, but i wonder if his opinion would change if he knew little secrets about Nini and me, like that i went poo-poo on the floor more than just that one time i told you about, or, that Nini spent the entire first month of second grade in isolation from the rest of the class because he just couldn't stop talking.

so, am i really normal for a two year old? are you? i don't know! and i don't think mommy does either because her usual response to grandpa's inquiry is, "i think so." i mean it's been a long time since Nini was a two-year-old. so just to make sure that i am developing normally (or as grandpa hopes above and beyond normally), mommy did some research about developmental milestones. and apparently this is what a normal two-year-old is supposed to be able to do. i certainly hope that being able to pick your nose all by yourself is on the list.

Movement Milestones
* walks alone
* pulls toys behind her while walking
* carries large toy or several toys while walking
* begins to run
* stands on tiptoe
* kicks a ball
* climbs onto and down from furniture unassisted
* walks up and down stairs holding on to support

Hand & Finger Skills
* scribbles spontaneously
* turns over container to pour out contents
* builds tower of four blocks or more
* might use one hand more frequently than the other

Language Milestones
* points to object or picture when it's named for him
* recognizes names of familiar people, objects, and body parts
* says several single words
* uses simple phrases
* uses two- to four-word sentences
* follows simple instructions
* repeats words overheard in conversation

Cognitive Milestones
* finds objects even when hidden under two or three covers
* begins to sort by shapes and colors
* begins make-believe play

Social & Emotional Milestones
* imitates the behavior of others, specially adults and older
children
* increasingly aware of herself as separate from others
* increasingly enthusiastic about company and other children
* demonstrates increasing independence
* begins to show defiant behavior
* increasing episodes of separation anxiety toward midyear, then they fade

guess what? according to this list - i am not only normal but i may be a genius after all! i have been exhibiting defiant behavior ever since i was one. way, way ahead of schedule. oh i am so glad! grandpa is going to be so proud!

information from healthychildren.org

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