I put it on our dining room table last night and it will stay there all week in honor of his birthday this Thursday. He still really doesn't get it that it is his birthday. We keep asking him how old he is and he (correctly, technically) says "ONE!" We try and coax him into saying "two" but he just laughs at us and shows us the number 1 with his pointer finger. (I thought it was important to identify the exact finger he uses to show us his age just in case you thought my toddler might be street savvy enough to actually give us "the finger" in response to our repeated questions. He's good...but he isn't that good.)
I've asked him if he wants me to bring cupcakes to school this week and he nods his head and says yes, but I don't think he would refuse food under any circumstance so that isn't really a sign that he understands that Thursday is a Special Day. We've told him that we are going to have a birthday party for him and his friends will come and we'll sing "Happy Birthday To You" but he usually stops us there with a hearty "No HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU" and makes the cutest frowny face you have ever seen. It's clear that he has learned from the best and his "terrible two's" will resemble Avery's terrible 3's.