YOU DID IT!!
Thank you to all of the wonderful readers who helped to free Lily! We reached 100 comments on the previous post, saying you blogged, Facebooked or donated to the iPad2 giveaway for Autumn...and now the Lilybird is back!!
The Quinns and I would like to say a gigantic thank you for helping to raise over $2,000 for their adoption of Autumn- the giveaway is still open on their blog, Anticipating Autumn, where you can continue to donate and earn entries to win an iPad2, a coach purse, or a gorgeous Gigi Hill handbag. Winners will be announced both here and on the Quinn's blog on October 13th!
And now, as promised, some absolutely adorable videos of the Lilybird.
We've been working quite a bit on signing with Lily. So far she can sign bye-bye, more, all done, baby, and she does the signs in the song itsy-bitsy-spider as well as pat-a-cake. She plays peek-a-boo, points to our eyes and nose and toes, claps her hands and "dances" on demand and stands up when we ask her to...she also raises her hands in the air when we say "reach for the sky", and she's starting to sign "change" when we change her diaper...so lots of progress!
Hope you enjoy these as much as we do...
*spoiler alert: I don't sing. as will be painfully evident in a few seconds...
Lily's therapist gave us a little booklet with removable animal pictures that are velcroed onto each page. We are supposed to take the animal off ourselves, hold it up to our cheek and repeat the sound the animal makes two times. Then we put the animal back on the page and hand it to Lily- she is supposed to take the animal off, hold it up to her cheek and say the sound as well. It took her about ten minutes of watching us do this, and she had it down!
Lily was also working on her standing while she was held hostage...
Okay, now the fun part:
I know I have readers who have been at this Down syndrome thing longer than I have. I would love to hear what you have done as far as speech therapy or teaching sign language goes...or even if you have a child without Ds or have an infant- what are your plans, what have you done, read, watched, what has worked for you and what hasn't? We do have the Baby Signing Times videos (thank you, cousin Kate!) but Lily is just now able to sit still and focus on those. So far her regular therapist (from Early Intervention) has not recommended additional speech therapy, as she is doing so well. But I'm one of those moms who tends to wrestle a little with the "am I doing enough for her" doubts, and speech is one of those areas I want to make sure I'm covering well, without missing anything. I would LOVE to hear all of your ideas.
THANK YOU AGAIN for donating to the Quinns, and if you couldn't donate, for passing the word along about our giveaway- and thank you for putting up with my crazy idea to hold Lily hostage :)
Just one more special piece of news to share: there is a new baby girl in blogland who shares Lily's designer genes. She is an absolute DOLL and I'm sending you to her blog at the risk of losing readers, because once you see what a little sweet-pea she is, you might forget to come back here! After you tell me your speech-teaching secrets, can you hop over to Baby Harper's blog and tell her mama Kaiti a big congratulations?