Two more months until my baby is 2 years old!
Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
Kicks ball forward
Yes, James loves to play soccer, usually with the dog.
Follows two-step requests (e.g., "Get your doll and bring it here")
Yes, again, James is pretty good about following requests like bringing Adam or I something or getting his shoes and then sitting in a chair to put them on.
Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
Does simple puzzles
James has a few Melissa and Doug puzzles that he loves to play with. One of them has 3 bears that you can put different outfits on and he loves it the most. Adam will make up silly stories that go along with Momma, Papa, and Baby Bear and when they're done playing, James will say "ni-night" and help them go to bed. If that's not cute, I don't know what is.
Draws a straight line
Yes, but he isn't too into coloring yet.
Names several body parts
Yes, James can name his hair, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, tongue, teeth, arm, hand, fingers, elbow, tummy, knee, foot, and toes.
Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
Puts on loose-fitting clothes
No really, he will try to help and knows where to put his feet or arms, etc. He's still far more interested in taking clothes off.
Might be ready for a big bed
I'm not sure, he hasn't try to get out of his crib yet. He has made the transition to a nap mat at daycare, but I think he's fine in his crib for now.
Understands opposites (e.g., tall vs. short)
Yes, thanks to his Sesame Street flashcards, James knows lots of opposites. His favorite cards are up and down and he will signal each one when you say it.