So Hailey loves seeing her cousins, but spent lots of time grabbing toys from the boys and telling them, "no, no, no, no". She also has a habit of throwing toys. Unfortunately, those flying toys sometimes made contact with my nephews' heads. Luckily no one was hurt. If a toy gets put down, beware...Hailey grabs it immediately and it becomes "hers".
I felt like all weekend I was removing Hailey from the boys because she wasn't playing "nice". It was exhausting and I felt like I was always on guard for her behavior.
After speaking with a few other moms of children with Down syndrome, Hailey's behaviors are rather typical for a 2 year old with two older brothers. She repeats what she sees :-) The part that Ds plays in it seems to be her understanding of "no". She knows the word "no". She uses the word appropriately. The part she lacks is the realization that disobeying "no" results in consequences. Hailey doesn't comprehend that if I tell her "no" throwing that she will get in trouble if she disobeys. It is definitely going to be frustrating until she does "get" it, but she will get there.
Until then...we have LOTS of fun typical 2-year old stuff going on in our house :-)
|Lesson learned by big brother....never leave anything open where little sister can reach!|
|Hailey playing with the big kids|
|Trying to sing Happy Birthday before celebrating her aunts' birthdays|
In the meantime....Hello Terrible Twos!!!
|She likes to make herself at home :-)|
|Apparently, reading with a flashlight is cool!|
|Papaw gave them all flashlights.|
|Poor Landon looks scared of Hailey!|
|She looks guilty and he looks annoyed.|
|Now onto Jaxon.|
|The boys look annoyed at the attention hog in the middle.|
|She will sit for hours if someone will read to her.|