Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A few "firsts"

Summer wearing mommy's shades (photo courtesy of Uncle Jordan)
Today was a day of 3 "firsts" for Summer"

1) She completed her first puzzle ALL by herself
***We have a puzzle that Great Grandma Obermayer gave Summer for her birthday this year that has 8 large colored wooden shapes.  Over the past months, Summer has been able to sometimes get the right shape in the right spot, sometimes not....and even when she does match the shapes, she often can't get the shape turned right to fit in the puzzle slot.  However, today she did the whole puzzle all by herself!  I dumped the pieces on the floor and she put all of the shapes in the right spot and turned them the right way all by herself.  She even said "oval" and "star" for those two shapes as she put them in the puzzle.

2) She said the word "milk" for "milk"!
***Summer has been using the word "ba-ba" for both water and milk, no matter what type of cup it is in, ever since she was 10 or 11 months, despite the fact that mommy and daddy continually call it "milk" or "water".  Today, for the first time, she said "milk"!

3) She went up and down the stairs all by herself.
***Summer has been crawling up the stairs by herself for about 5 months.  She has also been able to "slide" down the stairs on her belly for about 4 months.  However, she has not been able to start at the top and turn herself around without any help, and come downstairs.  Usually what happens is that she will climb upstairs, play for a while, and then call to me to come help her turn around in order for her to come back down the stairs.  Today she went up by herself, got a toy, came to the top of the stairs, turned herself around, and slid down on her belly all by herself! 

In other news, she is getting a lot better at her pronunciation of words.  For example "Tucker" went from Ca-Ca, to Tuck-ee, to now almost exactly Tucker.  She is starting to better pronounce the "end syllable" of her words.

She repeats almost everything we say and is constantly learning.  We are working on our colors now.  She calls almost everything "red" but in the last few days is pretty consistently identifying "green" and "pink" in some of her color books, along with red.

She also mimics our body language.  Most recently she has picked up "shrugging" her shoulders, and will repeatedly shrug first one shoulder, then the other, then both!  I cannot help but laugh out loud!

Her tantrums are getting MUCH shorter and this past week she has been much more obedient.  She is getting really good at obeying "stay here" when we are in a store she will stand next to me vs going exploring.

She loves to help me put away laundry, and will continually come back to me asking for something else to put away!  She closes open drawers and cabinet doors.  She loves to sort and put things into things and take things out of things.  Does this mean she will be neat and organized?!?!?  I hope!  ;)

This morning we were at a friend's house and Summer found a baby doll and a little bottle and started feeding the bottle to the baby!  I'm not sure where she learned it but it was pretty cute to watch!  I am so excited for her to be a big sister!


Jill said...

Aw, such wonderful "firsts". And, what a blessing that you were there with her to see them!! She's growing and learning so fast these days. Love to all!

Lisa said...

That's great! It's so amazing how much she has been learning! I wonder if she learned to feed a bottle to a baby when you were watching Max??

The Tommerdahls said...

Lisa, I thought of that! I bet she did ;)

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