Lots of giggles, smiles & laughs
Little miss enjoying a dinner date with big sister at Kneaders! She absolutely LOVES to go out to eat! She is super picky when eating at home and we never know what she will be willing to eat...sometimes even her favorite foods she will completely reject..but take her out to eat and you'd think you took a whole football team out to dinner!
When I tell people she is a BIG eater I get the feeling they think I am exaggerating! Well....I snapped a picture of her to prove that I certainly was NOT!
We paid $5 for her at this buffet and she ate THREE LARGE bowls of spaghetti with marinara sauce!! After finishing off the third bowl she said she was 'all done.' We get to the car and she smells donuts and says, I want a donut! Yep...I told you she is a big eater.
We ate at about 3pm.....don't worry....but 5pm she was telling me she was 'still hungry' and she wanted us to make her a bowl of noodle soup. So now you see, I was not exaggerating in the least when I said this child is a HUGE eater!
Just to be fair, this was not the most food this child has ever eaten. She has eaten far more than this before! Luckily there are buffet restaurants that think children are small eaters so it doesn't have to be expensive ;-)
All Ready for Church on Christmas Eve
She is growing up SO fast! We are continually buying her new shoes or clothes because she grows out of clothes very quickly. When she came home she was wearing a size 5/6
One year and four months later she is now wearing an 8. We have been buying size 10 because they are only slightly too big and it gives her room to grow into them.
If you had met Little Miss when she first came home you would be completely shocked at how far she has come in the last year. When she came home she only spoke when absolutely necessary.
I hungry, thirsty, go potty, drink of water and a few other things.
She was very shut down and preferred to zone out and stim with random objects like bobby pins, hair clips, or any object she could find. She would just flick her finger on the object to make noise in her ear. If you spoke to her at all when she was doing this it would either frighten her terribly or she would become very upset and cry. It took us a long time to figure out what was happening. She was so dissociated from her surroundings while stimming that it would frighten her terribly.
We began to realize that we had to stop her from zoning out to stimming. Slowly we started having her interact with us for longer periods of time. All the bobby pins and hair pins went 'bye bye'
We ask her to use her whole hands when touching things so she can understand what the item is and what it is used for rather than thinking that everything she touches is just an item to stim with.
Slowly but surely she began learning. She has surprised us many times when she will just all the sudden do something on her own.
One day she came home from school and just unzipped her own coat. That may seem like an obvious thing that a 7 year old would do but for her it was NOT! Trying to get her to unzip a coat would result in a crying meltdown or freezing and obstinate refusal.
One day she was downstairs watching Barney on Netflix and I took some folded laundry up to my room and was putting it away and I hear the toilet seat in the hall bathroom go up. It took me a second to realize we were the only two in the house. I paused and the next thing I realize she was going to the bathroom!!!! You have no idea how BIG this was!!! She had to be verbally prompted and helped to do every step of going to the bathroom for over a year. I quietly snuck around the corner to watch her and with very little verbal prompting from me she was able to flush, wash and dry her hands and everything! We had a HUGE celebration and made a big deal out of such an accomplishment. She still struggles at times and needs verbal reminders to flush or turn the water on but she has made HUGE strides.
As you can see with this water bottle...she used every item to stim with instead of learning what it was actually used for. She would just flick her fingers on the edge of it. It has been very hard to stop this behavior but it has made a WORLD of difference in her ability to learn.
She is now aware of where EVERYONE is. I will give you a rundown of a typical morning.
She is walking down the stairs into the kitchen.
What is mommy making?
Mommy is making your hashbrowns (she repeats, mommy is making hashbrowns)
What is daddy typing on
Daddy is typing on the computer ( she repeats, daddy is typing on the computer)
Where is Kenzi?
Kenzi is still asleep in her bed (she repeats, kenzi is still asleep in her bed)
Where is Camdyn?
Camdyn is still asleep in his bed (she repeats, Camdyn is still asleep in his bed)
(Dad gets up from the table and starts to go upstairs)
Where is daddy going?
Daddy is going to the bathroom (she repeats, daddy is going to the bathroom)
She hears the shower turn on and says, daddy is getting in the shower
She hears me pouring water and says, what is mommy making?
She is aware of everyone in the room and she knows if someone leaves, she knows who it is that is leaving and she wants to know where they are going or what they are doing.
For someone who has a child who has been blind from birth but who was raised in a family this may not seem like a big deal....it probably happened more naturally at an appropriate age.
For Little Miss....this is HUGE!! She has finally started to come out of her own world and she is finally becoming interested in the world around her!!!
We honestly wondered if this would ever happen. She wants to know what everyone is doing, where they are going and she will ask repeatedly where is daddy? He is at work. Where is daddy? He is at work.... We are so thrilled that she is learning so much. Her language is improving by leaps and bounds. We can understand most of what she says now whether in Mandarin or English.
I want her to retain her native language and so generally when I talk to her I try to say everything in both Mandarin and English. We have her listen to Chinese music and t.v. shows as well as in English. She seems to prefer to speak in English but she LOVES it when she sits on my lap and repeats sentences with me in both English and Mandarin!
I am certainly a very beginner in Mandarin and in order to form a semi-correct sentence I have to use google translate even though I know all the words forming a sentence properly is still hard for me but it is helping me learn as well.
She is a Daddy's Girl
She absolutely LOVES her daddy!! He is the fun one that twirls her around, teases with her and plays with her. Her latest favorite game is to say, I eat chair and Daddy says "Don't eat the chair, chairs are yucky." Then she says, "Chair is Y-U-M-M-Y" and she giggles and laughs. She will say this about everything...I eat dog food or I eat car....
She has an adorable sense of humor :-D
She also has a silly word that she made up..... Bobo When we say something like...come eat your dinner...she will say, "Come eat your bobo" then she will laugh. I have no idea where this word came from but she thinks it's hilarious.
She is learning days of the week
She is just now starting to learn a little about time. She is learning what day of the week it is. She obviously struggles a little bit but she knows if everyone is home for the day that is either Saturday or Sunday. She knows we go to church on Sunday. We talk about what day of the week it is and what day we do different things. She will say, No school on Saturday or we go to church on Sunday.
She keeps us all laughing..
Last week my husband and daughter were sitting in the living room talking and Little miss pipes up and says in a silly voice, I'm scared. My husband asked her, Why are you scared?
She says, I am scared of the dark!
Everyone just busted up laughing and she thought she was pretty funny too. I have no idea where she got this idea...probably from a t.v. show but obviously she is not afraid of the dark :-D
She loves to say, I Quilarious = I am hilarious
I sit on chair quessage = I sit on the massage chair
She loves to bark like the dogs and then tell them to be quiet!
If we ever mention California she will repeat it over and over...for some reason she LOVES that word.
I eat a lot of brussel sprouts and if I ever say that word, the next thing you know she is going around saying.... Grussel Scrouts over and over :-D
I need to document all the funny things she says because she is quite the entertainment that is for sure!
She is loving Christmas music and asks me to turn it on as soon as she wakes up in the morning...we may have to find a new genre of music after January 1st.