This week's Special Needs Blog Hop topic is accomplishments. More specifically, recent accomplishments.
While it's tough for me to come up with something specific, I must say that we are constantly appreciating little things that the bird can do; things she couldn't do before. It doesn't take long for me to giggle, remembering the doctors/therapists uncertain if this kid would ever walk as she races up or down the stairs. I also think about when Jodie, our first and favorite physical therapist, would say, "I'm just not sure she'll be a jumper" when LB jumps off the second or third step and lands on both feet.
I think the two areas I'm seeing the most progress are in independence and sneakiness. She really has become independent in that when she wants a snack, she tells me she's hungry and goes into the pantry to grab herself something. There have been plenty of times I'll come back from folding laundry in one room to find her sitting on the computer with a huge bag of Lay's potato chips in her lap. She's also started to take her pants and socks off herself. This is a big help at bath time. I anxiously await the day that she will dress herself, eliminating a huge chunk of time and frustration from my mornings.
Sneakiness: she's a pretty sneaky bird and very determined to get what she wants, when she wants it. She definitely got this from me. However, when two birds (a mama bird and baby bird) like this come together, there's lots of butting beaks :) I find myself being very proud of some of this behavior of hers, but I try not to reinforce it too much. For example, each morning when we're getting ready to walk out the door, I'll tell her, "it's time for shoes" and she will suddenly say something like, "I'm hungry! I need juice! Brush my teeth!" Last weekend when G and I were all ready to walk out the door and leave her with a babysitter she said/asked, "want mommy sit on the couch? snuggle?" and when I told her I was leaving, she suddenly declared it was "potty time!" She still needs my help to go potty so she knew I'd stay to help with that. Did she pee? No, of course not. Because she was just being smart and sneaky. And I am so proud!