Well, another year has almost come and gone, so it's time for my yearly Hanna review!
She has come a long way this year.
She learned to walk. Something we couldn't imagine her doing just last year. As if walking wasn't a huge accomplishment already, she also started taking off on her own. Venturing off in the yard, and following the other kids.
Not only is she walking now, she's also running, which is amazing.
She's talking more. Last year she said a few things. The usual first words like "mama" and "dada". This year, especially the last month, she's blossomed in the speech department. She now says these words very close to regularly:
She puts together words like:
and also signs for:
We can't forget about her singing skills either, which blow me away. Man, she can carry a tune. And how she points or brings you to, or brings to you whatever she wants. This girl communicates.
She touches anything now. We had a hard time with certain textures before. Some things couldn't even brush her without freaking her out. Feathers and tulle are the big ones we got over this year.
She can jump. Just recently she learned to get both feet off the ground. I have to say it was much more entertaining watching her try to jump, and just gallop around the room thinking that she was.
She's more independent. With some things. Eating with a spoon has kind of gone backwards in the last while, because she knows it's quicker if I do it for her. It's a hard one for me because sometimes she'll refuse to eat on her own and I can't just not feed her. She needs to eat!
Getting dressed is a good one. She does it well. Even better at getting undressed...which isn't really a good thing.
She brushes her teeth, and her hair, and enjoys playing on her own.
This is a huge change for me. She was very clingy this past year. Never wanted to do anything unless I was sitting beside her through it all. Now she's right in there with Gracie, and is often found doing her own thing in an entirely different room.
She moved into a new house and was right at home. She gets around obstacles and knew her way around the house almost instantly. She really does well with her (very limited) vision. I've said it before, but we often forget she even has a problem. You can tell she's much more comfortable and confident with everything going on around her.
There's really so much I can write. I can go on forever about how much she does, and how proud we are of her.
This year she's taken leaps and bounds and she's amazing.
She also had many firsts! Like her:
first face painting,
first camping trip,
first time playing in the snow,
first time swimming in a lake,
holding a new baby,
playing in the sand,
kissing a camel,
being licked by a deer,
first road trip,
and first time hanging decorations on a tree.
It's been a year full of milestones. Of course she's had her share of appointments, which are never fun, but overall, I think she's had an amazing year.
Here`s to another amazing year!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have only happy memories to look back on this time next year.