I started showing Maggie what a circle was a while back. Whenever I saw something that was in the shape of a circle, I would tell her " that's a circle" and make a big deal about it. Then, I moved onto showing her what a square was. For Christmas, I got Maggie a short board book about shapes and we have been reading it everyday (about three times a day or more). She loves it !
Now, she knows all her shapes. Yep, even the odd ones like arrow, oval, rectangle and diamonds. She can't say them ,but when I ask her where a certain shape is she points to it. Crazy Amazing if you ask me !!!
You see, I honestly didn't know what Maggie was capable of when we first got home from china. I wondered if she would just lay on the floor and look at her hands all her life. It is a horrible thought to have, I know. And, if she would have laid on the floor and looked at her hands all her life, we would have loved her all the same. We just didn't know. We took each day at a time.
But, now. Well, Maggie is blowing me away with all that she is doing. She is signing everything we can teach her and just picks up new signs so fast. Her speech is improving, not as fast as I would like, but still improving every day. She no longer needs Occupational Therapy for her hands. She can stack blocks up so high they almost reach her head, draw a circle, feed herself and string beads - yeah !!! Go Maggie go !!!
God, we thank you again for all of our prayers you have answered. We know your timing is always perfect and trust you with all the unknowns that lie ahead. Amen.
I have been incredibly busy lately with school, speech therapy and all the other stuff that keeps our family running smoothly. But, knowing that a beach trip is coming soon sure does help make it all better !
I am working on a post about my favorite sewing patterns, fabrics and sewing tips. It was almost complete and the Blogger decided to not save my post. So, as soon as I get some more time I will finish it. Also, Maggie is doing and saying so much now it is hard to keep up with her. I will post an update soon. We continue to be amazed !!
I decided to cut Maggie's hair last night. It was getting a little out of hand and mullet looking in the back. So, instead of taking her to a salon, I thought I would try to cut it myself. It can't be too hard, right ?
Having NO idea what I am doing and feeling like an eight year old girl cutting her dolls hair, I just started cutting. It was a little scary at first and I had a moment of " what have I done ?" Then, slowly, it started actually looking like a real hair cut !!! Maggie did great and she watched her favorite video - signing time-while I cut away at her hair. I think it turned out really cute.
I think all the Christmas traveling and festivities has upset Maggie big time. Her schedule has been disrupted and she has taken a step backward into the Velcro Baby phase. She was doing so good before December and I was seeing a big improvement in her clinging to me. But, she is back to her " I want Mommy all the time, won't let me put her down and have to see Mommy's face and sit in her lap to play".
So, of course Maggie needs me. She needs to know I am there for her and needs to have that time with me. It is just a part of her healing emotionally. And, she is emotionally delayed due to her institutional background. and can not always deal with things like separation. She's also a typical two year old and a tiny bit spoiled.
I have lots to write about and share and have been wanting to post about our Christmas and how much Maggie loves her doll house and the boys love their soft blankets and Auburn shirts, about how wonderful our gotcha day celebration was and all the New years reflections I have. But, all that will have to wait for now.
Hi !This started as a blog to keep our friends and family updated on our adoption process. Now, I blog about our life with two boys and our adopted, hearing impaired daughter. You won't find professional,touched up photos or life changing quotes. Just real,fun life.