Sunday, September 28, 2008

Endless Shrimp Anyone??

So after not going to the grocery store for 2 weeks, and seeing countless commercials for Endless Shrimp Days at Red Lobster we went out to eat Fri. night. Drew was in heaven. Forget the shrimp scampi, or grilled shrimp. He stuck to Coconut Shrimp and Breaded Shrimp. All 3 plates of it. Autumn was happy too. She was tired of eating bananas and cheese for lunch. This post is mainly for my pregnant friend in a tiny town in WY who has been craving shrimp for awhile. My favorite part of the night, Cheddar Bay Biscuits and seeing Drew hurt so badly afterwards from over indulging.
And here is just a cute picture of Autumn. My dad said to call her "Hollywood." I remember an old Christmas video with me and my siblings and my sister put on a pair of star shaped sunglasses and my dad kept calling her "Hollywood" too. It's sweet.

Friday, September 26, 2008

My smarty-pants

I have always thought Autumn was smart, she is my daughter, and to parents their kids are the smartest! But when my Visiting Teacher came over last night she told me how much smarter she was than her son, who is a few months older than her, I thought it's not only me who thinks she is brilliant. My inlaws are always surprised by her. At her last dr. appt. her dr. was very pleased to hear that Autumn had quite the vocabulary and could point out several body parts.

For a 15 month old I think she shows signs of being advanced, but I want to do more reasearch and see what's normal for someone her age, and what's considered smart. I do a "schooling" with her everyday for atleast half an hour. We go over alphabet flash cards and color/shapes flashcards. I sing songs with motions, her favorite being Popcorn Popping, and Itsy Bitsy Spider because she can do the motions too. Her alphabet cards are Carebears, and the color/shapes cards are Winnie The Pooh. When I hand her one she will look at it and try to repeat after me and set it beside her. Then she organizes them. When we are done with the flashcards she will have a stack of the carebear cards and a stack of the pooh cards. Seems smart to me that she already organizes and sees differences in the cards. Back to the singing, when I sing the ABC's she sings with me, when she sings she sings, "B A B A B A...." until the song is over.

As far as knowing her body parts; she knows: hair, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, neck, shoulders, elbows, hands, bellybutton, knees, and toes. She can say most of these words too. We also have color time later. Here is examples of her work She correctly holds pens, crayons, and her Magna Doodle writer and I can't ever remember showing her that. The first pic of her work I am sending to my parents, while she was holding the crayon I held her hand to write on it.
Drew and I have joked about potty training her. But that was a short phase, and has stopped. She would come up to us and say, "poo" and I would ask if she was poopy. She would say no, and then within minutes she was poopy. It was about 2 weeks of her doing this. Whereas before the last two weeks she would tell us, "poo" right after pooping. (I can tell when she is pooping, she won't look at me, and often she goes behind our recliner chair and hides.) The last couple of days she hasn't notified me of needing to go #2, I just happen to notice it. But atleast I know she recognizes what she is doing.
We were walking around Target and Autumn was reading a book that I picked out for her (I let her read them and preview them first, if she looks at it for a few minutes she approves. She is quick to let you know she doesn't like something) and a lady checking out next to us said, "That's so cute. I can tell you read to her." Autumn reads outloud and she loves books. Matter of the fact is- I used to. Autumn doesn't want me to read to her anymore. She will take all her board books and sit down with them, her back to me, and read aloud to herself. If I get infront of her to take a picture or a quick video of it, she will move herself to where her back is to me again. She is very independent. (And her reading is just mumbled jumbled words....she more or less looks at the pictures and points things out, and talks)
Anyways, I would list all the words she says, and keep complementing her. So everyone else can be as proud of her as I am. PBS offers resources on their website and this weekend I want to spend time researching where someone her age should be developmentally wise, and how to best encourage her and teach her incase she is capable of learning more. I don't want to hold her back.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Our Interesting Day

Today was quite interesting. Let's just say I don't go out with Autumn very much. And this is why. My sister and I took our kids to a "Lap-Sit" book reading at the library. Autumn lasted in my lap for all of a minute and half. When the lady held up colored circles to go over colors Autumn thought it was a game and that the lady should share the laminated circles with her, and took the Purple circle, which promptly encouraged another child her age to grab a pink circle. When the lady was singing Old McDonald with animal puppets Autumn got very excited and wanted to play with them. Autumn grabbed them from the floor as quickly as the lady could take them off her hand. We got lots of comments of how she is a busy body, I think she is plain nosey and can't keep her hands to herself. She quickly found the one closet door that was not locked which was an open invitation to go in and explore. Let's just say the one thing that kept her attention...Bubbles. She was overjoyed when the teacher used a bubble blower. There were many kids Autumns age who looked like they didn't care to be there, but still sat on their moms laps and played along, until Autumn got up and started moving around. People tend to follow her lead. I think it would be good for her if we went more often and she was more familiar with the format. I think she thought it was nursery.

After the attempted "lap-sit" we go get lunch. Most of the time it's a pleasant experience eating with Autumn, as long as there is something for her dip into Ketchup. But the way home! Terrible. I don't think she liked sharing a back seat with Parker. But she must learn to share! Especially with her cousin. She throws up a couple of times because of her tantrum throwing and then falls asleep in her mess right before we get to my place.

After the nap! A totally different story. She woke up happy! She plays in my lap and then I can smell the throw up on her skin (I stripped her clothes off before lying her in bed, once we were out of the car, which is why she has no shirt on in the pic above) and quickly give her a bath. Which was probably the highlight of her day.
Later today we go for a walk to the mailbox and her hands quickly became drawn to a cactus. She really cant keep her hands to herself. She doesn't do anything or cry about it so I assume she didn't get pricked. When we get back inside she keeps her right hand straight and uses her left hand for everything. She wouldn't even bend her fingers. Out of the blue she starts crying and I look at her hand and it's full of clear, hair-like prickles, all over her palm and fingers. I got them all out, thankfully. But I hope it teaches her to keep her hands to herself.
Anyways! There- my first blog. All about Autumn.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I am blog-tarded.

Yes, it's true. I know nothing of blogging. But I know I like to read others and see what their interesting lives are up to. Even though they think their lives aren't so interesting. I just hope this works out for me!