Reed: is potty trained, understands nearly everything said in his presence, and still reliably asks to go to sleep after lunch. He is still very attached to his pacifier and blanket. The pacifier will be moving on to bigger and better things come May 3, when Reed turns 3 and the paci fairy comes to take all of his pacis to new babies who need them. The paci fairy is also bringing presents for his birthday, which Reed sometimes thinks is a fair trade for taking away all his pacis. He reflexively says please, thank you, and "yeah, sure" when asked to do something.
Beckett: went to the library Saturday afternoon and took out a Captain Underpants chapter book which I vowed I would not read but that he could read to himself. Joke is on me because by Sunday afternoon he was on page 214. Several times on Saturday and Sunday he stopped playing with his brothers or toys to wander over to a couch or his bed to read a few more chapters. I am keeping an eye on his comprehension, because I know that he may be able to read more than he's able to simultaneously understand, but the questions that he's been asking along the way indicate to me that he's getting it, as do his chuckles and all-out bursts of laughter.
Theo: has been having a blast with Alexa and the Echo Dot Jeff got them for Christmas. He loves being able to put on music either in his bedroom or in the living room, and to choose what to play. The most commonly played songs are Coco soundtrack songs and the Lego Batman movie soundtrack.
The three boys have been playing all together a lot lately, which has been really fun to watch. I've been impressed as Theo and Beckett have gotten more and more comfortable letting Reed join their games, or even suggesting to Reed that he play with them, or each of them individually.