Update: Development

Ella and Emma have been doing GREAT lately! Last night they were both in good moods and played with us for a long time. I’m so surprised at how much they learned in just the past couple weeks! They both know plenty of words and can appropriately use them. We play a game every day where we ask what noise different animals make and they answer.

Cow: Mooooo! (while throwing the head back)

Rooster: DODDLE DOO! (while throwing the head back, too)

Dog: Ruffruff

Cat: Meow (always real short and to the point.)

Sheep: Baa

Chicken: Bockbock

Dinosaur: RAWR! (with claw-hands)

Frog: Bi-bit (with a little hop)

Bunny: Pop-pop (hop-hop… with a little hop too)

Duck: Quack Quack (this one involves the whole body tensing up and hopping)

Pig: Oink!

Bird: HoooHoooo or peep peep

They can name and point to: eyes, ears, nose, teeth. (With ears, they gently turn your head to touch both of your ears.)

They say sock, shoe, and jacket. Ella can unzip her jacket.

They know “I’m a little teapot,” “Itsy bitsy spider,” and “Ring around the rosy.” Ella sings “Happy Birthday.”

They can say and sign “eat”. They say milk, water, cookie, fork, and cup.

They follow simple commands like “Bring me your blanket” or “Put the doll on the chair.”

They totally interact with each other while playing.

They pretend play like there’s no tomorrow: playing with their kitchen, pretending to eat play food, pretend feeding their dolls and toys.

Emma routinely initiates and plays “Peekaboo” which she calls “PeekBoo.”

They both love looking at books and have pretty much stopped chewing on them.

They eat at a picnic table next to our tall table and use regular forks and open cups (mostly.)

There is a school bus that takes older children to the different school campuses around town that usually leaves right when we get to school. The girls just LOVE watching the school bus back up and leave. It beeps when it backs up and the bus driver always waves. When we pull up, they start saying “School bus?” As it leaves we wave and say “Bye school bus. See you later!”

They also know the names of some colors but not which color is which. Currently everything is pretty much “Lellow” or “Nreen.”

When they mispronounce something, we repeat back the appropriate pronunciation so they know the correct way to say it.

They both say Ella (Lella) and Emma (Memma.) They both respond correctly to their own name but don’t always correctly say their own name yet (sometimes Ella says she is Emma and vice versa.

They don’t have too many temper tantrums and they are usually just when they are tired, didn’t get their way, or they are fighting over a toy. Since they are able to communicate better or at least take us by the hand and take us to where the issue is, life has been much easier.

They had their 2 year check-up on Monday where they ran a blood test. Yesterday the nurse called to let me know the girls are both “non-anemic iron deficient” and that we need to start them on iron supplements. I’m also working on incorporating more iron into their diet and pairing it with Vitamin C-rich foods to help with absorption. We go back to have the blood work checked in six months. Other than that everything is great! they are both around 28 pounds and are 34 inches tall.

Eating supper at the picnic table

Eating supper at the picnic table

They got these bouncy cows for Christmas and are GREAT for the sensory input they need!

They got these bouncy cows for Christmas and are GREAT for the sensory input they need!

Bouncy cow "action shot"

Bouncy cow “action shot”

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