This little mister is 2.5 years old! Here's a little about Russ around this age:
He is potty trained, but still requires a pull-up during nap time and bedtime. He even tells me when he needs to go, and can go all by himself with a little encouragement when it comes to putting his underwear and pants on right. I can't remember the last time he had an accident.
He has seen the worst of the "why?" phase. Everything is "why??" I've started responding to him by saying, "why do you think?" He almost always knows the answer to the question he's asking, and now the "whys" are getting fewer.
His favorite place to go is Cabella's. One morning, he woke up and said, "I have a idea! Today, we can go to CABELLA'S! I have a good idea. After Cabella's, we can go to CHICK-FIL-A!" As you can see, he's also a really good talker. He always tells us what's on his mind, like, "Mommy, the wind is going to blow us away!" It's not always easy for strangers to understand what he says, but I understand it all. If I don't know what he's saying, I say, "I don't understand what you're saying." Then he often enunciates each little part of the word, or describes what he wants using different words.
(singing to Baby Mickey)
Russell is generally a very good-natured kid. He's extremely happy when he wakes up, unless his tummy hurts. He loves to greet friends and family with giant hugs. He loves to snuggle me with his head on my shoulder. He's pretty chill and does a great job taking turns and sharing (for the most part). But man, can this kid whine. Don't you dare give him his milk without it being warm enough. 30 seconds in the microwave won't do it; it has to be at least 41 seconds. It's one of those battles that I choose not to fight--it's worth it to just warm the milk up right the first time! When he has to go potty, he says so in the whiniest voice. I usually tell him to ask nicely, and then he just says, "Pretty please!" If he wakes up with a tummy ache, you had better not leave him at the top of the stairs without carrying him down in your arms. You'll regret it for the next 30 minutes. I suppose you could say he is a very sensitive, tender-hearted, detail-oriented little kid. Most of the time, I appreciate that. He's very much like me personality-wise and I love that. He does a great job balancing out the family (Caleb is exactly like Nate). We love our little Russell Sprout!