If I didn't know better, I would think you were listening to some conversations I've been having lately with other mamas...
Just last week I was telling someone that I was not sure if you were really understanding us when we asked you to do certain things. For instance- you used to wave in response to us waving, but you stopped doing that a little while back.
I know this is typical for all babies- to pick up a new skill and then "drop" it while they master a new one.
But lately you seem to take particular pleasure in ignoring our requests to perform.
You get a ..yes, I'll admit it, a wicked little grin on your face, and you seem to almost delight in refusing to do something...
If you're in a stubborn mood, we could ask you to wave...or ask "how big is Lily??"
and you just grin ...or shake your head at us...or do both.
Karen, your therapist, says without a doubt she has seen a common trait of stubborness over many years of working with children with Down syndrome.
I looked up synonyms for stubbornness tonight, and here's what I found:
adamancy, bullheadedness, contumacy, doggedness, indomitability, inflexibility, mulishness, obduracy, obstinacy, perseverance, pertinacity, determination.
I'm going to call it determination right now... my little attempt at seeing the glass half-full!
This new found "determination" has its perks...because right after I got done telling someone that you weren't really waving in response to us anymore...and that you hadn't learned to clap yet...
You determined to prove me wrong!
You've been waving at anyone who will tell you "hi", and clapping on demand for the first time. Sometimes Mommy has to tell your siblings, "Don't show her!" because I'm so thrilled to see you doing something purely in response to a verbal prompting, without any example of how it's done.
Your brother Josiah marched into my room yesterday, indignation spread across every feature...
"When did Lily learn how to clap, and when were you going to tell me this?!"
Over the course of three days every one of your siblings has come to me announcing proudly,
"Mama! Lily knows how to clap now!!"
You're pretty proud of yourself, and for now that "stubborness" trait has given way to the desire to impress us all again.
Speaking of impressive, it seems that you have determined to pick up a new skill every day!
Here are some new things you have been doing lately:
*standing while holding on to things for several minutes...
*balancing on your feet while standing and repositioning yourself when you start to fall
*placing objects inside other objects
*sorting through containers of toys for the one you prefer
*banging two objects together
*waving your arms to music, and "singing" to music as well
*raising your arms for "up"
*feeling everything- you love textures now; you rub your hands on every surface and pick up the tiniest objects
*pulling your socks off:) Mommy tricks you by putting tights on under your pants!
I'm so proud of my determined little girl.
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Loving you always,