Last night we were at a Chinese New Year celebration. (More to come on that in a moment.) Bella was playing with a toy and wanted it opened. She looked at me and said "omen" and I could have shouted in celebration. Bella normally will attempt to say words but only when asked to say them, but recently she has been speaking on her own and in the right circumstances. Also the other day when it was snowing, she came running in the living room pointing outside saying, "no, mama, no" (translation: snow, mama, snow) She has also learned to say "no" and does so very often. She is very opinionated, so we hear "no" a lot! She is also saying "all done", "hi" "my-my" (for bye bye), "nana" (for dada), mama, "Ainan" (for Aidan), various animal noises, "uh-oh", "i love you", "amen" to name a few. I want to try to track what she is saying when so I can really see how she is doing.
I also was reading through her occupational therapy goals the other day. They were written the beginning of December. I could not believe it, but she has accomplished all of the goals in less than three months! We have learned that she knows a lot and is a quick learner. Once she is shown how to do something, she tends to pick it right up. She is dressing herself (other than her shirt). She is putting her shoes on. She can do puzzles and shape sorters. She is pretend playing. She can draw lines and circles. These are all huge accomplishments for her! So all of these things are small vicotories!
Like I said before, we went to a Chinese New Year celebration that was sponsored by GE, where I work. It was fantastic! There were booths for the kids to do activities, yummy Chinese food, and also performaces. The kids especially liked the dragon parade, the lion dance and the acrobatic show. Bella acted like she just loved being there. I sometimes wonder what she remembers, what she misses, what she knows. Once the drums started playing, she got so excited and just started jumping up and down clapping.
Here are the kids in front of the dragon before the show.
Me and Bella
My three blessings!
Something else we did this weekend was to take the boys to an indoor skateboard park. Friends of ours introduced us to this place and let me tell you, the boys had a blast! Keenan was so excited to go. It was like Christmas morning for him. Now I know there is an indoor park and I won't have to worry about shoveling a path at the outdoor park anymore (see previous post for that story)!
Keenan and Aidan at their new favorite place