Our sweet Hannah has been home for 6 months. She is thriving! She loves to ride the bus to school and has an excellent understanding of English. She usually understands what we ask of her. She is so social now and truly wants to be the center of everything.
Hannah can sign colors, eat, more, thank you, please, all done, friends and a few others. She is trying so hard to find her voice. She is making baby noises now and we always encourage it. Even in the grocery store when she makes a shriek. I just ask her to not do it as loud but really, it is the same way a baby finds their voice.
Hannah gives hugs and kisses (big sloppy wet ones!) and is especially fond of Allison. Hannah and I get home from work/school first and Allison and Daddy get home about an hour later. Hannah runs up and hugs her sister every day. She also does it first thing in the morning when they wake up.
I have to say Hannah’s favorite food would be French fries. (Allison won’t eat a French fry!) She would eat them all the time if we left her. She gets so mad when she has to eat everything else and then the fries come. She will point to a fry on her Daddy’s plate and sign more. We just keep telling her to eat the rest first. She loves tomatoes and almost all fruits. She will try anything but remembers what she does and doesn’t like. She won’t touch a scrambled egg and looks at me horrified if I put some on her plate.
Socially, she is a rock star! Her friends at Montessori love her and always hug her goodbye when I come get her. Even the little boys are so sweet with her. Although she is three, she is in with the 2 year olds. Socially and physically it is a much better fit for her. She is even smaller than some of them.
|Hannah loving cupcakes at her sisters birthdya party!|
6 months home has brought many behavior changes good and bad. The bad are more of testing the water behaviors to see what she can get away with. With Bobby and I, not much. We are raising a child who will be an adult one day and needs to stay within the same safe boundaries we set for Allison. Sometimes even tighter boundaries because Allison has had more life experience in the real world.
Hannah can throw a major temper tantrum. I have no clue where she saw it; she didn’t come home doing it. Now she can throw herself on the floor and tick her legs up and down. As long as she is safe, I just step around her and totally ignore it. She now started doing it at school and they do the same thing. Once she sees it isn’t working and stops, the very next good thing she does we go crazy with praise! So she hopefully will learn tantrums get nothing good behavior gets praise and attention.
That has been a hard one for us and her to learn. Hannah came home thinking any attention was good attention. She also must have had her hand slapped a few times because she would do something naughty and then slap her own hand. She hasn’t been doing that lately. She will however put herself in time out and sometimes I am not sure what she did to warrant it so I just take her out.
For the first few months home every single morning when she woke up and we unzipped the tent, she would let out this huge sigh of relief. Like she was just so thankful we were still all together. I am feeling like now she knows we are staying and now we just get hugs in the morning.
|Allison, Poppy, Mimi and Hannah|