Little R is (I feel) starting to differentiate his mark making for different purposes. Yesterday, he was keen to help Rachel write a little shopping list, and he so carefully held the pencil and made tiny movements. He really seemed to be trying to make marks that looked like writing symbols. He even then helped his baby Tommy to do some careful writing. It was very different from the exploratory dots and splashes he makes when painting. And different from the zig-zagging "filling in" marks he does in his colouring book.
Today he enjoyed mark making with a biro again. He did some writing type marks and some long wiggly lines. Grandma (who's kindly come to stay as back-up, since I've been feeling so grim) drew him a face and encouraged him to draw features inside it. Carefully he drew shapes and lines inside the circle, then even drew hair around the outside of circle (in fairness, THAT could have been fluke ;-) ) Then we drew round our hands and feet. Little R had a go at drawing round his own hand. He would put his hand down, do a little squiggle next to it, then lift it up and look baffled at why there wasn't an entire hand shape. I love watching him work on his skills and understanding.