After what seems like over 2 months of super exciting, but crazy schedules and events, things are settling back down. It's hard to believe it's a new year!
|An addition to our bedtime routine- she likes to wear her hood and run around her room.|
Interactions with Materials
- Q-ball mastered puzzles overnight. When we left for Christmas travels, she was close to figuring out a "circle-square-triangle" puzzle. Then Grandma and Grandpa gave her a puzzle with zoo animals, and she figured it out within minutes. Now, back at home, she is continuing to master all puzzles in the house.
- She is really focused on sorting right now- we've introduced a shape sorter, and she has really enjoyed working with it (also standing on it...), although she is still hesitant to attempt the rectangle and triangle shapes at this point.
- She is really embracing pretend play. She likes hugging stuffed animals, brushing her doll's hair, and, most of all, pretending that she is a "little, tiny baby" while being carried around the house.
- It was amazing for us to see Q-ball so easily interact with her extended family over the holidays, despite the fact that time spent with them has been limited. She even stayed with Grandma and her Aunt all by herself! This is a very big step for my growing toddler.
- However, she still certainly has moments of shyness and times that she does not want to smile or play with strangers. She makes these moments pretty well known.
- I love the way that humans so naturally relate what they see in books or stories they hear to their own emotions and experiences. Q-ball clearly does this and will talk us through parts of books that have emotional impacts on her, like Daddy leaving to go to work, going potty, and people getting angry.
- I think she is starting to say new words everyday! One of her favorite phrases is now, "read book, read book, read book..." A close second is a reminder to mama to always have her favorite food on hand, "buy Ei, buy Ei, buy Ei..." (This is the only sign that Q-ball has been exposed to a second language- she prefers the German word "Ei" to our egg.