- Bonding - this will continue to a process and something we will consciously continue to work on but we have seen huge improvements here - she is starting to respond better to DP when he comes home from work and she really is loving her mama!!! I have even noticed her responding better to the boys - they are slowly but surly becoming her brothers. She does pretty well in small environments but when she gets in big crowds we can see her nervous habits come out - she likes to be pretty close to mama and this mama is not complaining!!
- Sleeping - oh how this has been a work in progress - we are on night three of being in her room and hopefully sleeping through the night. Linnea's sleeping pattern has been really like clock work - she would go to bed between 7:30 and 8:00 and she would go to sleep fine - but in 3-4 hours around 11 - midnight she would wake up EVERY night and then continue to wake every 3-4 hours. The last two nights she has not woken up at all. Now she has tonight and I just went in and laid her back down - and calmed her down and she is back to sleep and hopefully for the whole night!
- Speech - boy have we made some progress here!! She can now say "uh-oh" on command as well as "ah." She tries to say "I/eye" as she is pointing to her eyes. She can also make the "b", "t", "da", and "p" sounds. She whispers all of those sounds - but hey I will take any of it!! When she waves her hand "bye bye" we are having her say the "b" sound and she does it most times!! DP heard her say "daddy" and of course his heart melted. She has been saying "mama" she generally calls us all that so it is not specific quite yet and I haven't been able to get her to say it on command. She is still doing very well in her sign language and has been initiating more of it herself lately - which is so exciting!! She truly wants to communicate with us.
- She is ALL girl and I LOVE it!! When we first had our boys DP was determined they would not be "sissy boys" and rightfully so and we have 3 rough and tough hard core boys. I prayed Linnea would be the prissiest girl around and I so got it!! I love it!! She loves to be in the bathroom with me while I get ready and she has to be doing exactly what I am doing. Here she is getting all "prettied up."
|play makeup, sunglasses, necklaces, hairbows - need I say more!! Total GIRL!!!|
Well I think is a good start for catching up the blog. I have so many other things to post and I will in due time but for now - I am going to sleep while I can!!