My grandson really enjoyed Christmas. He's kind of obsessed with lights anyway and watching him make the rounds of our tree, pointing out the lights ("blue one, green one, red one, purple one...") was fun. The only ornaments that got his attention were the crocheted snowflakes and a baseball player made from a clothespin, so no problem with breakable ornaments.He enjoyed everything I got him...the Fisher-Price toolkit with electric drill & bolts to drill in/out (he caught on to switching the direction of the bit rotation quickly), but hasn;t gotten into the claw hammer and plastic nails yet. He liked the Melissa & Doug box of puzzles, and the shopping cart and extra set of foods with little pots & pans & utensils ( intended for use with a toy stove & sink, but DD has no room for that in her apartment). And the wooden train set from his parents and Melissa & Doug clock face from his aunt & uncle (DS & GF) and teddy bear fro my mom (the bear and my CHristmas moose got a lot of rides around my house in the shopping cart--along with the food).About a half hour away is James Island County Park, which hosts a Holiday Festival of Lights every year. He liked looking at the displays out the car window, but loved exploring the walk-through displays, especially since it's unusual for him to be outdoors after dark (he lives in Harlem).FOLLOW-UP ON DGS SPEECH DIFFICULTIESHis speech therapist, Nancy, has done a wonderful job. His intelligible speaking vocab has gone from way behind to ahead--he makes many more sounds than he used to. He still can't do some consonant combinations and uses H in place of things like ST, so it's "up the hairs" instead of up the stairs and "down the hide" instead of down the slide. He still drools, but much less. He's learning to keep his mouth closed and swallow. He mentioned Nancy a couple of times over the 5 days he was here, and sung one of the songs she does with him on his own volition many times and made up some appropriate additional words to it.His nanny, Mina, speaks mostly Spanish, and he can count to twelve almost as well in Spanish as English and can think in Spanish a little bit, too. For example, he wanted to do something he wasn't supposed to, so Mina said, "Daddy dice <DEEchay...says> No," and Rowan immediately replied, "Mommy dice Si!"
Anthony seems to think Frosty the Snowman is a lullaby and insisted I sing it to him at bedtime for the last two weeks. He now recognizes Santa but is completely snowman obsessed. Lara Amber
Last Christmas DD1 (just turned 3 on the 24th) kept saying that it had "snowmanned" out when it was snowing. This year she seems to understand the differene between the snow and the snowman.
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