Maimie just makes us all grin. Her little feet, her Curious George-bandaged fingers, her crooked-parted pigtails, those big deep eyes, the fashionable ensembles she wears, and the new pink sparkly princess shoes (which, it turns out, actually match any outfit--handy!). The beauty of a toddler, in my opinion, is that everything they do is cute. Even if they are doing average things that any toddler can do, it's just special.
Time to clean out the fridgeMaimie has a long way to go in being understood well verbally, but she is making a lot of effort. We generally know what she is saying or can approximately get the idea. She is doing toddler skills such as: counting to 12, recognizing 1-10, recognizing all 26 letters (upper and lower cases), colors, shapes, drawing lines and circles (and an occasional letter or number), etc. She has begun to know the sounds that letters make and can say 11 of the 26 now. In addition, she can say 1-10 in Chinese after watching one of the Jade Chinese tapes.
Is that a match?She loves to sing and dance and pretend she's doing tai chi. She sings the ABC song fairly well, some praise songs, and a few others. A couple of weeks ago in the church lunch line she broke into a little "We Will Rock You" by Queen. A proud moment...especially since it came out as clear as a bell. She still loves anything by the Newsboys (especially In Christ Alone) and sings with exuberance and emotion. Maimie's all-time favorite song...--drum roll, please--"Away in a Manger". Yeah, she should be pretty fantastic at it by the time Christmas rolls around again.
I'm going to need some serious orthodonticsAfter playing the Winnie the Pooh honeypot game about a gazillion times, Maimie now "matches" everything. Colors, numbers, objects, you name it. She especially likes to quiz me as to whether something is a match or not. If I get it right, I'm rewarded with a "Great job, honey! You're so super at matching!". She calls all of us honey alot. It sounds so funny coming from her little miniature body!
Making valentine handprints--"Mudder, I love my paw!"Maimie insists on praying by herself at meals now and can pretty clearly say,"Dear God, thank you for food. Amen.". She also tells me that God made her and that God made me, too.
A rare February porch picnicOne of Maimie's favorite things to do is reading books. She has been partial to "Seven Chinese Sisters" lately, but anything will do. Last night she told Jacob," I'll huff and puff, and blow you house down". Then she blew at him real softly. Jacob just cracked up.