Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leaving the "Baby" Behind

Vada has been blowing my mind these last couple of weeks! Sometimes she goes through these learning/growing spurts where she will add a couple of new "things" to her list of things she has already learned and then are times that seems to be periods of her just adapting those newly learned skills. I think that she likes to polish up her mad skills and make them look good before she moves onto something new.

She is starting to wave goodbye more openly and with less thought put into the movement. She used to wait until whoever was saying good bye to her was actually gone before she would wave back, sometimes she still does that but its more of a balance between the two. Oh!, and sometimes she makes a "buh buh" sound like she is saying "bye bye" while she is actually waving goodbye, which is uber very fun to hear!

 She is playing pretend with her Cabbage Patch Doll which is exciting not only for me but for Jasmine as well because the doll was actually her gift to Vada this last Christmas. (Jasmine saved up and used her own money for both Vada's and Kiliegh's gifts this year.)

Im not for sure where Vada picked it up but last week when Sara (V's Speech therapist) came she brought a doll who had a blanket and a bottle with it. Vada covered the baby with the blanket (which is a understandable gesture or action) and, AND then put the bottle into the baby dolls mouth!!! She then proceeded to put the bottle into her own mouth and went back and forth a couple of times pretending to drink from it. I was floored. Why? We,ll because this child has had a bottle for one week of her entire life and at that time she wouldn't dare drink from it! She went from nursing for sixteen months straight to a sippy cup. The first year of her life she was isolated either in the house or in a personal hospital room so Im still trying to figure out where she picked this one up from. She is one smart little girl, I tell ya!

Anyway, after Sara left that day V and I took a trip to Toys R Us (which is too close for our wallets sake) and purchased a pack of her very first baby doll bottles. Today she was holding the doll, like I would hold her and placed the dolls head onto her shoulders and then began to pat the dolls bottom side then she would lay her down and give her a "drink" while saying what sounds like an attempt at "baby"

Yesterday, Justin was sitting on our kitchen floor. (He was doing some work on our garbage disposal.) Vada crawled into the kitchen. Stood herself up so that she was standing with one hand on Justin's shoulder then she put her face directly into his and as clear as day said "Hi PaPa!" HA! A Two word sentence! I about fell over! When he comes home from work she will quickly crawl into the kitchen while loudly saying "Papa! Papa!" It has to be one of the sweetest things to watch.

As Vada sat in her high chair yesterday, while having an afternoon snack of Goldfish crackers with Jasmine she began signing "Fish". It was the first time that any of us had noticed her using this sign and that may have something to do with the fact that it looks very similar to her sign for milk. Because she tends to use both hands for both signs and dosent necessarily do it "perfectly" she may have been trying for sometime now and we just haven't picked up on it.  Never the less, she is signing fish or attempting to do the sign because she does it with the correct words. (In case you were wondering what the sign for fish looks is suppose to look like you can check it out here.)

This video is kind of choppy, sorry.

This morning Jasmine brought Vada to me while I was still in bed (how nice, right?!). Sometimes I wait for Jasmine to do that because she loves taking Vada out of her crib in the morning (She is so great with Vada). Anyway, Jasmine lays Vada next to me and again, clear as day, Vada says "Up MaMa." I cheered and said "Yes Vada, up. It's time to get up!"

She slept through the night last night. And has been going to her room at 7:30 P.M. every night. We read and by 8 P.M. She is asleep! This too is huge because her bedtime use to be midnight sometimes even later!

She is climbing on everything and she is even getting down the correct way, head I mean feet first. Only two days ago that was not the case and she hit her head on the wall and now has a huge blackish bruise on the middle of her forehead!

She has learned how to climb onto her rocking horse and her horse with wheels and she is pushing things around while she is standing and taking steps. Which leads me to believe she is feeling more confident in her abilities.

She kind of has a little attitude although I wouldn't call it the "terrible Two's" kind of attitude. She's not terrible in any way so I would called it having a strong willed personality. :) Which is fine, I have one too, just ask her Dad.

All in all things are really exciting around here. Vada is defiantly falling into a "toddler" category and leaving the baby stage behind which is sad and great all together! Her second birthday is in three days! Wow, I just cant believe she is going to be two! I am so proud of her and to be her mom! I cant wait to see what she has in store for us this year!


My Little Wonders said...

Vada is doing so much! She is adorable and I can't decide if the pictures of her with her doll (what a sweet big sister, by the way, to save up and buy gifts) or the video of her signing fish is cuter. :) I am looking forward to Miss K playing with dolls.

Leah said...

What amazing progress she is making! I'm so proud of her. And that sure looks like FISH to me. Such a big girl!

Lacey said...

Ok, I'm going out and buying Arina a bottle for her babies! She'll push them around in her stroller, but she only plays with them for a minute. But she loves her brothers nerf guns! I need to put a stop to that, because I am NOT having a tom girl!! LOL