People told me that Hailey would stay a baby longer than the boys so I had visions and images in my head. I think I was expecting a little girl who didn't interact much with her brothers...didn't "do" much... I crack up laughing even thinking that now!! Oh my heavens...where did my baby go? Who replaced her with this tornado (the boys are "lovingly" referred to as hurricanes...her path of isn't quite as broad as theirs just yet) of a toddler I have now?
As most younger siblings, she makes a mad dash for anything that the boys put down...iPad, phone, remote control, homework, books, legos,...anything!
|These aren't mine but, oh well, big brother left them near me.|
She is still working very hard to learn to walk. We have a way to go but we are working on building the muscles needed to walk. She's doing lots of kneeling, standing, squatting, etc. It doesn't seem to phase her too much that she can't walk....trust me, the girl is a speed crawler! It gets her everywhere she
|I wonder how many of these I can take off the frig.|
|This is fun!|
We are also working very hard on communication. We have introduced Hailey to sign language. Yes, we expect Hailey to speak but while she is working on her speech, we would like for her to have a way to communicate without getting quite so frustrated. We do say the word while we sign for it. She recognizes both the sign and the spoken word. She understands 7 or 8 signs and will initiate about 5 of them.
I love watching her explore and learn in her environment. She has already exceeded my expectations for her at this age. Maybe it was just that I didn't know what to expect. Maybe I didn't want to get my hopes up.
Two other things that Hailey has mastered that we don't work on in therapy is...flirting with men in church and bugging her brothers. She likes to play peek-a-boo and coyly smile at men sitting behind us in church. It's funny to watch her put on a show. Here are a few pics that shows her trying to wake up her older brother this afternoon.
|Hey, wake up!|
|Here, don't you want to see?|
|This is fun!|