Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

Light bulb moments

August21

It seems as though the light bulb has suddenly switched on for Sabrina in a lot of ways in the past 4 or 5 days. I’m amazed that after months of working on some things, she suddenly got them all at once.

We’ve been working on a couple of signs since I picked her up. I thought if I started with 1 or 2 she would “get” them and then we could expand her vocabulary. We’ve been using the signs for “more” and “all done” for months. She has ignored us completely. I thought she used more a couple of weeks ago but it was never repeated. Today, she suddenly started signing more during lunch. I was floored. She continued to do it through lunch and again during dinner.

She is able to stand on her own now. She only does it when she isn’t paying attention – if she thinks about it, she falls. Today she stood next to a chair for a full minute.

She is so busy. She’s been active for awhile but she is really busy this week. She is playing intently with her toys. She is also starting to involve us more in her play.

She actually drank quite a bit out of a sippy cup today! Woohoo! After months of playing with them, she is finally starting to drink more than a sip.

She is understanding more of what we say everyday. If we ask her where is the puppy she will point to the dog. She now says baby and puppy. Baby doesn’t seem to hold meaning for her but she is starting to direct puppy at the dog instead of just random objects. She also says mama and dada pretty randomly but I can see the concept starting to gel for her.

She is giving hugs. She has been giving kisses for awhile (big, wet, open mouth ones) but wasn’t seeking or returning hugs. This weekend she gave me several hugs and has continued with this. Melts my heart when she does it – nothing sweeter.

I am amazed at what an amazing transition she has made to us as her parents. I still worry about attachment and keep my eye out for regressive behavior but she really has done tremendously well. I even worry sometimes that she has done too well (you hear stories about people being home for 6 months and suddenly all of these attachment issues popping up) but I am starting to relax about it some. She is so happy and well adjusted. If issues come up later, we will deal with them. Okay, enough commentary…some photos from the last couple of days.

She found a flyer to replace her pamphlet:

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She has also suddenly started sucking her thumb at times. Not sure where that came from!

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12 Comments to

“Light bulb moments”

  1. On September 11th, 2006 at 7:58 pm carla Says:

    dang GIRL you YOUNG 🙂

    happy birthday may this time next year be a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AND FABULOUS DAY.

    Carla

  2. On September 11th, 2006 at 9:28 pm Holly Says:

    Happy Birthday Michelle,

    I bet this year is going to be the BEST year of your life.

    :)Holly and Gia

  3. On September 11th, 2006 at 9:29 pm Tricia Says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you! Hope you saw my shout out on my blog! 🙂

  4. On September 11th, 2006 at 10:09 pm Cathy Says:

    Happy birthday! Hope it was a fabulous day. 🙂
    Cathy

  5. On September 11th, 2006 at 10:39 pm cindi Says:

    ok, i am not an astrological person in the least, but i do know that your bday makes you a virgo. AND here’s hoping your daughter is a virgo too, which would mean your referral would be a great (albeit it late) bday present! happy bday…

  6. On September 12th, 2006 at 1:10 am Tera Says:

    Happy birthdaaaay, dear Micheeeelllle! Happy birthday to youuuuu!

    God bless.

  7. On September 12th, 2006 at 10:41 am karen Says:

    Happy birthday, Michelle! Love the Pooh animals.

  8. On September 12th, 2006 at 12:48 pm Stephanie Says:

    Happy Birthday!!! The rest of your 30s will be even better because you will be a MOM! Sounds like you had a great day.

  9. On September 12th, 2006 at 12:49 pm Stephanie Says:

    Sorry I’m a day late, but Happy Birthday!!! The rest of your 30s will be even better because you will be a MOM! Sounds like you had a great day.

  10. On September 12th, 2006 at 1:35 pm Alleen Says:

    Belated birthday blog wishes!!!!! Love the stuffed animals!

  11. On September 12th, 2006 at 2:45 pm Andrea Says:

    Here’s a happy belated birthday! I will be 32 in a few weeks, and I know that 30’s will be better than 20’s! Here’s hoping you’ll get your referral SOON!!

  12. On September 12th, 2006 at 4:51 pm Mama K Says:

    Feliz Cumpleaos a ti!

  13. On September 12th, 2006 at 6:24 pm jeneflower Says:

    Happy Birthday yesterday! I wrote something longer, but it didn’t take the first time. Wasn’t meant to be said I guess.

  14. On September 12th, 2006 at 6:24 pm jeneflower Says:

    Happy Birthday yesterday! I wrote something longer, but it didn’t take the first time. Wasn’t meant to be said I guess.

  15. On September 14th, 2006 at 2:10 pm erinberry Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  16. On September 14th, 2006 at 2:10 pm erinberry Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  17. On August 22nd, 2007 at 7:38 am Alleen Says:

    Isn’t it amazing when something just clicks and they get it???? I’m sure hoping that’s what is going to happen with Gabriella talking…..

    Love the outfit!!! Red is her color.

  18. On August 22nd, 2007 at 8:46 am Ashley Says:

    AHHHH… isn’t that just precious… and is it not funny how it makes you feel???? Like you have just conqured the world or something. She is doing SOOO good… and so are you… with all you have been through too!

  19. On August 22nd, 2007 at 2:53 pm Amy Says:

    I know exactly what you are talking about. I remember when Emily was that age she would go to bed not being able to do something and wake up the next morning and all of the sudden have all of these new skills. Now, I swear she matures overnight. There are days that I look at her or watch her do something or when she speaks to me and I think that she has so matured in the last 24 hours. Another time that it was extremely apparent was when she transitioned from baby to toddler. I couldn’t exactly pinpoint when it happened there was just a “light bulb” and I was taken aback and said Wow, she isn’t a baby any more. These are the times that I want to put a brick on her head. Because while it is awesome to see her being independent and have the ability to do more and more things each day it is accompanied by less need and want to cuddle and sit on my lap and let me carry her or rock with her, etc, etc. In any event, she is adorable and her hair is really getting long. So cute!!

  20. On August 22nd, 2007 at 4:15 pm Nikki Says:

    Isn’t it so amazing to watch them really grasp something, and to think that we taught it to them. Better than any raise or promotion I ever got at work.
    Love the ladybug dress!!!

  21. On August 22nd, 2007 at 8:08 pm Kelly Says:

    Ahhhhh, the good ole light bulb!!!! The words are really going to start comeing fast now, you will be amazed! Funny, b/c Anna started sucking her thumb this week as well…. 🙂

  22. On August 22nd, 2007 at 10:45 pm Lori Says:

    pure sugar!!! So sweet!!

  23. On August 22nd, 2007 at 11:48 pm Meena Says:

    Again, she is so beautiful!! Beautiful!!!

  24. On August 24th, 2007 at 6:06 pm mama k Says:

    It is so funny how they do things in spurts like that. It’s like they need to take it in for awhile and BAM they show you they know how to do it. Wes has done the same thing with signing. He’s all about the hugs, but never kisses.

    She is just too cute.

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