I meet her in the hallway and direct her to the bathroom, still trying to get her acclimated to the routine of diaper-free life. I soon realize that someone forgot to put her in a pull-up the night before and she spent the night in panties. Whoops!
Luckily, she's amazing. *smile* And she was just fine.
Eventually, we make our way to the kitchen, where the table is set and her breakfast awaits. She happily receives her food, reaches for her talker and tells me, "Yummy! Muffins." Then smiles, with a mouth full of mini muffins and pushes a few more icons on her talker, "More please. Muffins. Yummy."
She eats, gets her half-hour of TV time while I get dressed and cleaned, and then we head out to preschool.
This is life.
This is her life these days.
You probably didn't notice what isn't there, on that recap of her morning routine: medications. She's been off her meds completely since Valentine's Day. Almost a full month. And she's doing great. No real signs of trouble.
She's been potty-trained now about a month, give or take. Yes, we were way behind on this (ha, she's well past 3 1/2), but we've been focused on other aspects of her development the last two years and it simply was not a priority until recently. Yet, when it came time to actually do the potty-training thing, she struggled for 2-3 days and then embraced it, eager to be a big girl. She's done really awesome, I must say.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent three very long nights painstakingly updating her talker, reorganizing all of the choices and just presenting her icons in a more understandable format. It took a dozen or so hours, and I wasn't sure if it was all that helpful...
... until I gave it to her.
And after about an hour of talker babbling (randomly hitting icons and learning where it all was), she loved it. She is now using it more than she ever has, to talk to us in tiny little sentences. her favorite so far seems to be, "Yuk. I don't like this," at dinner time. And then asks for more muffins. Ha.
Life is good.
Her life is good.
We had her conferences at preschool recently and were pleased to hear all about her progress and how she is doing. We are so proud.
Lola is the Star Student at school this week. We spent most of Sunday picking out photos and fill out out questionnaires.
What is your favorite color? Light blue.
(No idea where that came from, this is a change.)
What is your favorite food? Daddy's French toast.
What is your favorite subject? Piano.
If you could go anywhere for a vacation, where would it be? Disney World.
(No surprise there.)
What is your favorite sport? Gymnastics.
Who do you admire?
Who do you admire?
We talked about this a lot, on a few occasions before we got to filling out the form. We talked about people Mommy and Daddy admire, what it means to admire someone, examples of why we admire people.
Finally, we broke it down together: I asked Lola to name three qualities that someone she admires should have.
She came up with them on her own: they should be happy, love people, and share.
So who does she admire?
Millie. She said Millie.
Me? I admire them both.