Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oh, did I forget to tell you? I know my colors.

I got a pleasant surprise at Natalie's Occupational Therapy session last week. Her therapist was working with her on stacking blocks and started asking Natalie to get certain colors to stack next and I was amazed to see her get it right nearly every time. It seems that she knows green, blue, red and yellow. I had no idea. I wasn't prepared with my camera at the time so this week I made sure that I had the camera ready to get a video or two. She was not really motivated to do the stacking this week as you'll notice but who cares -- SHE KNOWS HER COLORS!

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Skills

Recently, I was unloading the dishwasher while Natalie was eating.  She was eating cheerios and s'mores goldfish crackers (chocolate, graham, and marshmallow shaped fish).   A minute or two after putting them on her tray I looked over and saw this:
I was so excited that I ran to get the camera.  Why was I so excited you ask?  Well, because I have never seen Natalie do any type of  sorting activity.  I decided to see what she would do if I put a few more chocolate fish on her tray.  When I did she immediately looked at them, picked them up one by one, and added them to the area with the other chocolate fish.   Not only is this a great developmental step but it shows that she is using her vision well to distinguish colors.  I've since realized that she apparently does this because she does not like to eat the chocolate ones.   She also doesn't like the marshmallow ones but it's more fun to just throw those on the floor!
Natalie also continues to get stronger and more stable when standing and cruising.  She pulls herself up more steadily and confidently.  In fact, if she sees something on a table or counter now, she will try her hardest to get it.  Here she is in the bathroom trying to reach something on the counter.  Just a few months ago I would not have considered leaving her for even a second to get the camera because she was so unsteady she would have likely fallen quickly.  Now she can even get herself down from this position safely. 
I am so proud of my big girl!