As I mentioned in the previous post, Ben and I have both been off work for the past week due to the 4th of July holiday. (Posts are still coming on several things that happened last week...but this was just such a crucial milestone that I had to post out of order.) We both agree that this past week has seriously been the week that we have seen the most changes so quickly in Mary Hyatt since she was born. Right after Mary Hyatt's birthday a friend with a toddler older than MH had told me to "Hold on. You are about to see drastic changes every month." At the time, I don't think I realized just how true that statement would be. Here we are just two weeks after Mary Hyatt's birthday and she is like a totally different baby.
She waves at EVERYONE. Mary Hyatt is not shy at all. She does not meet a stranger. When we walk down the mall or in the grocery store, she starts waving at everyone. This usually strikes up a conversation with someone and then Mary Hyatt will reach her arms out for the complete stranger to hold her. She usually instantly turns right back to me or Ben to get her back, but still the fact that she is so willing to go to anyone surprises us all.
She has been waving for quite a while but over the past week I think she has really started to grasp what she is doing. She now waves to greet even Ellie or Emma when she sees them in the morning. She also waves "bye bye" to everyone. When I picked her up from daycare today, the second I had her in my arms she turned to her teacher and waved and said "bye bye.'
And just the other day she started signing "more" to us. Before Mary Hyatt was born, I had such great intentions of teaching her all kinds of signs and teaching her to communicate at a very early age. However, when I spend a huge part of my day using signs continuously and striving to get preschoolers to communicate through repetitive activities, that was the last thing I wanted to do when I got home. I would throw the sign for "more" in every blue moon, but never was consistent or routine with it, so I was totally in shock when she started doing it the other night during dinner. She still doesn't do it all the time consistently across contexts but she definitely knows what it means and will use it to request when she wants to. I did happen to capture her doing it a few nights ago on video. Excuse my annoying voice but you have no idea how this excited the speech therapist in me....
And while we are on the topic of communication, her understanding has also greatly improved this week. We have been putting toys and books out all over the living room floor and will say "Go get the book," and she knows exactly what to go get. She definitely understands "No" now and will stop what she is doing, or at least hesitate and glance back at us when we say "no." Whenever we say "I'm gonna get you" she starts taking off running the opposite way and giggling. If we say "Where's dada/emma/ ellie etc" she starts to look for them. If we say "Where's Mary Hyatt?" she puts her hand in front of her face and then pulls it down. If we say "Want to go outside" she knows to walk to the door. Anytime we pull out her shoes, she holds up each foot one at a time to help us put her shoes on.