Speech progress is a really big deal at our house. I used to wonder if our girls would ever talk in complete sentences instead of just using two word phrases. So I got really excited this week when Hope got mad at Mikayla. I guess that sounds kinda funny. But I’m thankful for speech progress no matter how it shows up.
Mikayla touched Hope’s iPad. Hope got really mad and she yelled “You ruined my life….and I’m not very happy!” Obviously she overreacted just a smidge. But I honestly didn’t care. I was laughing too hard. That was a really big sentence that was even delivered with the proper emotion. Go Hopey!
Our friend Jennie invited the girls to stay all night at her house. They were well behaved and were having such a good time so Jennie asked if they could stay a second night. Of course, I said yes. I had a wonderful 48 hour break from caring for them. The girls got to visit Jennie’s cat Sparkles and they went on a road trip to visit some horses.
Hope had an appointment with her orthodontist on Monday. They put a new band on one of her teeth. They finally found the perfect size and got it glued in. Hope immediately said “Take it out.” The nice lady told her that it would have to stay until her braces came off. Hope decided to go along with it instead of throwing a fit. Phew. They told us that she would probably be sore because of the new band and a new kind of wire they had put on. But she never acted like she was in pain.
After we got done at the orthodontist we went to Easter Seals for the girls therapies. Hope usually has an off day when she has therapy after the orthodontist. But since Easter Seals and the orthodontist are in the same town that is an hour and 15 minutes from our house I schedule them on the same day. I was totally shocked when Hope’s occupational therapist told me that Hope had a much better day than she’s been having lately. And then Hope grinned and handed me a paper. I couldn’t believe what I saw.
For Hope to do so well in her handwriting on any day would’ve been amazing. But for her to do this well after being at the orthodontist is miraculous. I was so proud. And her goofy grin told me that she was proud too.
Hope’s speech therapist showed me the scoring sheet from their therapy session. Hope scored 92% and 93% with no visual prompts. She said that the last time Hope got around 50% for both. I couldn’t believe that she’d done her best after seeing the orthodontist.
I sat down with Mikayla and had her make me a paper like Hope’s. I just felt the need to have a matching set. I’m planning on framing them and hanging them on the wall.
We got a few inches of snow this week. Snow makes Mikayla feel anxious. She worries about if Daddy is going to have to go to work. She worries when he goes to work that he won’t be able to get back home. And she worries that Grandma is out driving around in the snow when she should be at home. When Mikayla is feeling anxious she follows me around ALL DAY LONG and she talks ALL DAY LONG. So what’s a mom who has a chatty little sweetheart following her around all day supposed to do? She thanks God for a husband who bought her a grand stash of chocolate for Christmas. And then she eats it every chance she gets. Snow is my enemy and spring can’t come soon enough.