At the park, Reed discovered that if he put his toy car into the spray of the sprinkler, the sprinkler would shoot the car out about fifteen feet. It was awesome.
Reed loves being a big brother. When Asher wakes up, Reed likes to go into Asher's crib to play together. If Asher is sad, Reed finds a plug or a guy or toy. If Asher bonks his head, Reed finds an "owie hat" (burp cloth...long story). And if Asher tries to get something he shouldn't (e.g. something he will choke on) Reed says, "No, brother. You're too little" and gets it from Asher. Reed is also getting the hang of trading toys with Asher if Asher is playing with something Reed wants.
Reed hates when it's bright outside, so he's rather attached to sunglasses. He really likes wearing them upside down, though. I try to fix them but he says, "This is how I like them!"
Reed decided to try going potty standing up on a stool in front of the big potty a few weeks ago and, since then, it is the only way he likes to go potty. When he needs to sit down, he sits on the big potty, too. It is so nice not to have to clean out his little potty, and super nice not to have to worry about the germs on public toilets--he stands up at those, too :)
Reed is doing better about going to sleep--but he still almost always comes down once to go potty (even though we went about five minutes before bed). He doesn't usually really have to go, but sometimes he does, so we don't want to tell him not to go. Anyway, when he comes down, he just has this little grin and you can tell he thinks he's just the trickiest boy ever. It's kind of frustrating, but cute at the same time.
Instead of the traditional bubble-blowing method, Reed blows through this tube blower into the cup and creates mountains of bubbles.
Reed loves doing crafts. We are constantly making one project or another and he is always so proud of his work--he wants to hang it on the wall, the fridge, or immortalize it in his book full of pictures he has made.
Reed has always loved books, but he seems to love them even more lately. We've been going to the library a lot and coming home with stacks of books, which we then read over and over again. He has several books memorized and likes to help me tell the stories.
Whenever we play outside, Reed gets super dirty. Here is one of his "dirt lines " from his flip flops.
After going through a rough patch for a few months, Reed will go to nursery without crying. He used to do fine, but for a few months he would scream whenever we left him. Last week, though, he marched right in and didn't even look back at me to say bye!
Reed is very smart. He has been making all kinds of connections lately that surprise me. One of my favorites was when I told him we were going to make Muddy Buddies and he said, "Muddy Buddies--just like I'm Buddy!" He often sees things or hears things and tells me it's just like something we read in one of his books. And he's great at spotting R's. I pulled the tab off the rice cereal box and he found it. It said, "Remove tab" in tiny lettering and he said, "Mommy, look! It's R for Reed!"
A little video of Reed playing outside.
Every time we are in the checkout line at the grocery store, Reed asks, "Can I have a treat for being such a good boy at the store?"
Reed loves the Wii and can get games by himself and play some of them when we do Wii Sports Resort. It is improving his hand-eye coordination a little, I think :) We don't play often, but he would play all day if we let him!
Reed loves to be my helper. He helps cook, clean (by choice, seriously!), and even helps me do coupons. He gets so excited when he sees the newspaper because he knows coupons are in it!