We just want to thank everyone who came for Em’s 3rd birthday, and everyone who greeted us that special day. The thank you cards have been written out but not all were distributed, but a grateful thank you for the Ababa family in advance. Thank you for your gifts also. Her birthday week was full of surprises. On July 1, Perze got up extra early to walk to the store to buy her flowers and balloons but it was too early to get someone working the machines, so he came home with just a bouquet. Em was already awake because she was so excited. Actually, she initially woke us up that day by giving us five stanzas of Amazing Grace. I woke up to her sweeeeeeeeet voice. As Perze worked for the most of that day, my sister Steph came over w/ her two boys and Mama. We ended up treating the kids to Baby Gym, Em’s FAVORITE hangout, and the wish fountain, where Em & Hongs robbed me of all my pennies. They stayed well after dinner, which was really fitting and such a treat for Emma because she claims Hongs is her "best friend." I didn’t mind being […]
Em jumped over her first hurdles today, literally. When we first started baby gym, Em was so observant for most of the session. She always wanted me by her side, prompting her to participate in their activities and disciplining her to follow and listen to directions. Now, it’s only been three months and she’s learned how to participate independently, trusting the teachers and listening to their instructions. Now, I’m able to sit at the sidelines and type while she’s acting out "I’m A Little Teapot." The funny part is that I still want to look at all their activities to see Em’s reaction and elation, and sometimes make note of her naughty behavior, so I can correct her later on. But I really am proud of her for learning how to listen and actually follow their directions to achieve their little tasks. It’s a little step to independence and confidence and those two are things that I know I wasn’t able to master when I was a child. Those are the real metaphoric hurdles for her which will be a bit harder to overcome.