They grow up so fast!
We hear it all the time, but it’s hard to truly appreciate it until a baby comes into your life.
Since I was gone in Germany for two weeks, it was interesting for me to see the changes in Jade when I got home, and for Michael to see the changes in Halia in the same time.
Some of the tricks Halia learned while in Germany:
- Assisted walking
- Standing unassisted for periods ranging from 2 seconds to 15 seconds
- Clapping her hands
- Moving around a room by pitching forward onto her hands and one knee (she can’t do all fours yet), sitting back, and then repeating the move until she can “skooch” her way somewhere far away from where I left her
- And the one that really melts my heart, learning to say, “Mamamamam, mummmmm.” At first she did this only when she was upset, but it’s become more generalized since coming home.
As for Jade, she is suddenly able to:
- Jump with both feet at the same time
- Cut long lines with her scissors instead of just small snips
- Colour pictures in the general boundaries of the rather than simply scribbling all over the page
- String together seven or eight words, talk about her feelings, tell us things she remembers, ask why and how come
That may not seem like huge things for a three-and-a-half-year-old, but they were all things we were working on with her in her therapy sessions before the Child Development Centre went on summer break. What astonishes me is the way she seems to be able to do these things all of a sudden, sometimes (as with the scissors), without having even practiced the skill.
I’ll close with another heartwarmer. Michael told me that Jade missed us while we were away. I was really looking forward to coming home and seeing her again, especially as she’d been asking for me constantly in the last few days before we got home.
I got off the plane and wheeled Halia in her stroller into the airport lobby. Jade and Michael were chatting with some friends who were also there. When they turned and saw us, Jade’s face lit up in a huge smile. She ran towards us and said gleefully, “Hayla! My baby sister! Hayla home!” and proceeded to kiss and laugh into Halia’s face, much to their mutual delight. I was completely left out of the homecoming love-fest for a few minutes, and yet I couldn’t keep the smile off my face.