Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
She is also now pulling herself into a standing position without our help. She used to pull herself up by grabbing our hands, now she just grabs onto the edge of a piece of furniture and hoists herself up. Kind of scary to see our baby standing there smirking at us.
It is kind of funny, Jen met with the Early Intervention people last week and two of the goals we wanted Grace to achieve were crawling and pulling herself to a standing position. She has conquered those tasks and she hasn't even had a therapy session yet. Glad we didn't set jogging as a goal.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
- She will clap her hands
- She waves hello and goodbye to people (mostly herself in the mirror)
- She pulls herself into a standing position
- She can get herself into a sitting position from her back and stomach
- She is really starting to mimic things we do (stick out tongue, cough, sneeze)
- Her incisor teeth are coming in
Grace had her first experience with a pool this week and loved it. We have taken her to the ocean a couple times but the cold ocean water up here in New England is a little too chilly for her. The pool seems to suit her just fine though. Check out those thighs.
Grace has a ton of stuffed animals but didn't really seem to have a favorite, that is until Teddy Rabbit arrived this week. Not sure what it is about this bear dressed as a rabbit (deranged Easter Bunny) that has her so smitten but she just loves the thing. She comforts herself with it and we think she hugs it and gives it kisses. Thanks, Heather!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
On Thursday Early Intervention came by for their assessment. Three different therapists visited to play with Grace (she is a very popular girl). Their assessments pretty much agreed with our earlier assessments and it looks like Grace will qualify for services in a couple areas. Grace has come so far in the short time she has been with us and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure she is given all opportunities.
Grace also received her US Citizenship certificate in the mail this week. She actually became a citizen upon entry into the country but now we can apply for a Social Security number and take care of some other administrative things.
On Saturday Grace had a really big day, she attended her first rock concert. Well, I guess it wasn't technically a rock concert. More like a family friendly music show in a park on the harbor in Newburyport. This is an annual show that Jen and I have attended for the past few years. Prior to traveling to China we thought we would miss the show this year but Grace is doing so well we thought we would give it a shot. One reason we were excited to go was to see NEEDTOBREATHE again. That show was the last show we saw before leaving for China. Blind Melon was also performing who was popular while we were in High School / College. Although we left before they went on. We met a couple of other families with children from China at the show as well so that always makes our day. We also paid a little visit the the Beer Garden tent to get out of the sun while Grace napped in her Ergo. We were really there for the shade so please don't judge us and accuse us of being bad parents ;)You will notice in the pictures below that Grace has discovered bows this week. She seems to be tolerating wearing them but there is a problem. She seems to cause a ruckus wherever she goes with one on. People fall all over themselves trying to get a closer look at her or to tell us how cute she us. We have found that we need to remove the bow before we go somewhere if we need to get in and out.