Friday, July 9, 2010

Working Hard!

Olivia and Mommy have been working very hard these past many months on her fine motor skills and her gross motor skills. She received two drop box toys for Christmas and has now mastered both of them. She can do both of them sitting up, and now she is interested in doing this box while on her tummy! It is good to see her have the strength and endurance to do this!
Olivia is doing better on her pre-crawling skills. We are doing lots of kneeling at a sofa cushion placed on the floor and lots of bench sitting. We are doing lots of tummy time and lots of encouraging her with toys to move, pivot and roll. She is very interested in moving forward and tries with all her might, but not much success so far. She is making progress though! She started sleeping in child's pose, so we know she can get those legs and hips in the right position. In this photo, you can see how she is working hard and making progress. Topics in Ds books are the best!!! Get the Gross Motor one (and all the rest!) if you have not purchased them yet!
Olivia is giving up her morning nap, so I am readjusting my housework and cat care activities. I had been able to get tons of stuff done during the morning nap. Now I am reworking my schedule, which means more happens after bedtime at night. Always readjusting as a parent! Olivia is so very interested in working on all of her skills these days, so when she is awake and wants to work, I drop everything and work with her. I guess it is that Montessorian in me who sees that Sensitive Period for a skill and I don't want to waste the best time to develop her skills. I hope for her sake that she can get moving where she wants to go and get what she wants to get soon. Typical children would have had this ability for a long time now. I want her to have that ability, too. People tell me it is easier for me since she cannot go get EVERYTHING that she wants, but it is sad for me to see she cannot do for herself yet and doesn't have the independence that we all enjoy. Soon enough she will be getting things for herself as she wants. And although it will complicate my life a bit, I cannot wait to see her enjoy that independence!


Looking Up said...

She is so cute! Looks like she is working hard! I know how you feel about the milestones, though. My 19 month old has DS & he has been cruising around, holding onto furniture for sometime now. That's great, but I know that he is not nearly strong enough to take independent steps yet. Sometimes it's hard for me to see my friends & their typical kids, knowing that their children of the same age have been walking for almost a year now. I just have to remind myself that Josh will get there in his own due time & at the end of the day, it won't matter whether Josh started walking at 1 yr or 2 yrs. We have to keep the faith. It will happen!!

Erin said...

Olivia is doing great! You are such a dedicated mama! I know what you mean about not caring about her getting into stuff. It's not a hassle at all it's a celebration, just a little messy that's all.

Csunshinegirl said...

Wonderful. You're a GREAT mom Linda. :)