I have been so bad at updating this blog. I go so long (for me) in between posts that when I sit down to do a new one, I freeze. There are so many things I want to write about and I can't organize my thoughts. So maybe I'll do bullet points today, and add some really cute pictures to distract you from the randomness that is in my brain.
*Macie is doing AWESOME lately! Some HUGE accomplishments for her are: When the therapists come she actually goes over to their toy bags/boxes and picks out a toy/activity. Before it was like pulling teeth to get her to even sit and play with toys. She is recognizing herself more and more everyday in the mirror. She is referencing others. I am constantly pointing to things for Macie to look at, but she never "gets it" but yesterday I pointed to a bird sitting up on a wire in our back yard, and she looked at it, and was trying to say "tweet tweet". Something just seems to be connecting with her, and it seems Phil and I are not the only ones who notice it. This very bumpy road we are traveling seems to have some smooth spots!!!!
*Emma- oh boy, Emma. She never stops "talking" from the minute she wakes up, until she goes to bed. When I go to get her up in the morning she always says "Hi", then she grabs her stuffed frog, and says "fu fu fu fu", and hands it to me. Then she grabs her baby doll and says "bay beeeeeee", and then says "uppa uppa uppa". She's hilarious and she knows it. She falls on the ground on purpose and says "ouch", or "oh nooooooo". She grabs our hands and says "dance, dance, dance". She likes trying to jump, but hasn't mastered getting her feet off the ground so she just flaps her arms up and down and says "jump jump jump". She's very polite and always says "thanks" when you give her something. She puts her finger up to her mouth and says "sssshhhhh", and then whispers. She loves playing pat-a-cake, and peek-a-boo. If I say "where's Emma", she covers her eyes and says "boo". So cute! She can't say the letter P so Papa is "apa", and pasta is "asta". She knows what a cow says, and she'll tell you, but only when she feels like it!!!
Even with all these things, I still worry about her. I don't know that I'll ever stop worrying. She's almost 18 months old, but I don't know what age it's safe to stop worrying! Macie had already been evaluated by 18 months so I know there were more "signs" with her at this age. Does that make it "safe"? Emma flaps her arms, but I don't know if she's just imitating her sister. She now says "duck a duck a duck a duck a duck a" a lot.....Macie used to do that before the light bulb went off with me. Emma does this weird shaking thing when she's super super excited about something (like me peeling a "nana" for her), and it strikes me as odd. I don't quite know what "normal" is at this point. I wish I could stop worrying. I wish I could sleep at night without all these "what if" thoughts going through my mind. I want to have evaluated to put my mind at ease, but I am also afraid of what they might "find". Now that I actually typed that, it seems very selfish of me to not have her evaluated. I don't know if it's my "Mommy intuition" that sees things, or my paranoid Mommy self......I'm making the call. I can't change the outcome either way, right?
On that note....here are some pics of my adorable girls!
|The look of pure happiness!|
|Macie LOVES watching her Daddy climb the tree!|
|I LOVE the way she looks at her Daddy|
|This is why we call her "The Face"....so sweet and innocent.|
|The climbing twins|