|Lauren's 1st Birthday|
|Lauren is on the move|
|Waiting with big sis Taylor for 2nd CI activation|
|Activation of right CI, with Tami|
|Day 2 of right CI activation|
|Taylor's ears got pierced!|
We are filling Taylor's time outside of school with fun things such as Gymnastics, Tumbling, Dance and Swimming lessons. Lucky for us that the YMCA providing these classes is only 5 minutes away; otherwise, we would be doing too much running. On the weekends, both Derek and Taylor are playing soccer. We are managing to keep the "ears" on in all of these activities. It takes a little creativity but the effort is well worth it.
I continue to be amazed at the awesome responsibility we have as parents... as we see our 5 year old son grow, we are starting to really have to coach through self-esteem, teamwork, confidence... all kinds of values-based issues that will only get tougher. It makes the academic learning seem easy at times. Being a parent can be tough!
I also am absolutely impressed at the ability of the human mind to learn. Lauren just picks up things through observation. Hand her a toothbrush, and she will brush her teeth. Hand her a hairbrush, and she will brush her hair. If she sees a purse, she will carry it around on her arm. Let her walk around outside, and she will eat a rock.... Now, wait a minute? Who did she see do that? ha ha ha. Babies and the things they will put in their mouths. But in all seriousness, she is always watching, listening, and learning. I have read that 90% of language acquisition is through incidental learning, and I believe this is accurate. So with that in mind, I hope our whole family keeps on being the loud, crazy communicators that we are -- Lauren will be overwhelmed with the incidental language of love!