Jonas is becoming a big boy too! In about a month and a half, we will celebrate his 2nd birthday! Yikes! Every day, his speech is improving and he is learning more and more. So far, he can 'sing' the ABC's. He hasn't quite mastered the pronunciation of each letter, but he is pretty close! He can count to 10, and sometimes tries to go higher, but usually gets the 'teen's' mixed up. It is funny, though to hear him count: '1,2,3...9,10,16,13,14,16,10...' He likes 16 right now. And it usually sound like 'dee-deen', but it is so cute to hear him try! Jonas has also started to recognize letters - which totally shocked me - but we are running with it! I made him a magnet board last year, and he has probably 100 magnet letters that we like to play with. He does really well to recognize maybe 10 or so of the letters in the alphabet! I am hoping that he will continue to learn quickly and we will give him more and more things to learn! When Jonas was a baby, I taught him a few baby signs, but this year, I am hoping to really dive into Sign Language with him and give him his first experience with a second language!
We are officially potty training with Jonas, but I think it will be a long journey until he is ready for big boy undies. He loves his 'poo-poo potty stickers' though, and is being really cooperative with potty training. I'm guessing that by Christmas 2013 we will either be completely potty training, or really close! Or maybe, if things aren't going so well, we will just wait until little sister is ready to potty train and they can learn together! Since we use cloth diapers (most of the time) I am not too worried about him being in diapers for a while longer. It doesn't really make much of a difference to me since Joelle will be in diapers for a while anyways!
My favorite experience with my kids lately has been watching them interact. Jonas loves to hold his baby sister, and sometimes asks to take her from my arms when we are walking... yeah, we are not quite there, Jonas, but maybe someday you can carry a baby around! I do let him hold her often, though, when he is sitting down, and either Steve or I are close by to catch baby if he decides he is done holding her. They love to talk to each other, though, and Joelle loves to hold onto his face. Jonas thinks that is pretty cool and always gives a big smile and a giggle when she does! I pray that they will be close as they grow up and that there won't be too many arguments or sibling rivalry as they get older. They are quickly becoming the best of friends, and I want it to stay that way forever!
Here are a few pictures of the kids lately. They are growing up way too fast!