We started flashcards with Brina a couple of days ago. First, I go through them with her rather quickly and we just let her look at the cards. Then we go back through them a second time, and this time Seth helps me. One of us holds the card, while the other one signs the word or the number to her. Seth enjoys being the signer. Her little eyes follow everything we do. We are having lots of fun being Brina's "teachers"! And in the picture, it looks like she is having fun being our student!
After we went through the flashcards with her today, Seth insisted on teaching her addition . . . in sign language too! His addition fact for her was four plus five. He found it difficult to sign the answer for her though. Nine in KSL requires both hands, and he was holding the cards in one hand! He just didn't have enough hands for that one!
Potty training is going really well. I did it a little bit with her last week, but I wasn't real consistent since I was trying to get the hang of it again. Since Monday, however, we've been very consistent. For me, it's an all day thing. I "clock out" at about 9:00 p.m., her last feeding of the day.
Monday and Tuesday were quite discouraging. Wednesday, I saw a tiny little bit of progress, just enough to make me even more determined to keep at it. Then yesterday, some things began to click in her little mind. Oh, we still miss lots of them. But now, when I hold her over the sink, and she sees us in the mirror, she tries to go! She's putting it together! Hooray!
When she goes for me, I make a big deal of it, and we do this little shake back and forth to make her smile. It's pretty fun actually. Crazy to hear myself saying that! I will say that it is much easier at 4 months old than it was at 1 month old. I believe that babies can begin training that early, but Brina is now more alert and aware of things (like seeing us in the mirror), and she can also hold her head up which makes it much easier for me to hold her in position.
|We're getting better at this too.|
|My sweet, chubby-cheeked girl|
* Johnny Marzetti with Focaccia bread.