Bridget's Light

Development and Early Intervention

Updates Below...New Pics Too!

 

We spent the first several months with Bridget just caring for her and getting to know her.  We met with Help Me Grow when she was two months old, but did not start services until she was nearly six months old.  We see Bridget’s intervention team (team leader, OT, PT) once a month, and have her therapists out on an as-need basis.  For us, home-based and family-centered services are best whenever possible.  There are many families that include outside therapy as much as once a day, but what works best for one individual or family may not work for another.  
 

Mission
Statement
For Bridget's Services

We believe that Life is a gift, and that Bridget is a gift.  We believe that all people are always in the process of becoming--and that all people seek to find meaning in Life.  We value Bridget as a person and as a family member.  We realize that she will benefit from specialized services and are committed to giving her every type of support and encouragement to be as happy, healthy and independent as she can be.  We want to provide a loving and encouraging environment at home for all of our children. 

We will be reflective, open and unwavering in our efforts to be the best parents we can be for Bridget and her siblings.  Our goal is to be educated and able to make informed decisions about Bridget's care and to be the very best advocates for her in all arenas.  We'd like a family-centered, home-based approach to interventions and therapies whenever possible.  We want to look for things we can do at home, as a part of our regular lives, to benefit her and give her a great start in Life.

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Each month, I write a quick update of what all Bridget is doing and note any issues or concerns I'd like to address with her doctors or therapists.  This is extremely helpful to keep appointments and discussions on track!  It's also great just for her memory book.  Below, I am including some of the updates to show how she progressed this year...


Bridget  – 4 months

Feeding:  breast milk with Simply Thick (nectar consistency)
-takes approx. 25 ounces/day
-PolyViSol with iron .5ml/day
-when to start solids?
-would Bridget benefit from nutritional supplementation (NuTriVene)?

Vision:  questions about how she sees close up, tracking

Earswhat do I need to know?

New this month:

At 4 months, Bridget is smiling, cooing, reaching for objects and even bringing some to her mouth.  She is rolling over (front-to-back and back-to-front) and trying desperately to suck her thumb :).   She wiggles and kicks vigorously!  She loves her family, music (she tries to imitate singing), and having her hair brushed.  Bridget likes to look at lights, books, patterns, colorful toys and stuffed animals (especially her little Hippo in a shiny tutu).  One of her other favorite things is listening to the kids sing the ABCs :). Bridget is now able to handle thin liquids and recently began nursing.  She is doing beautifully and is gaining weight well.  Bridget is a gentle soul with strong determination.  She is healthy and happy and is such a joy! 



Bridget  – 6 months

 Bridget is happy and good-natured.  She seems comfortable, and is alert & active.

 
Feeding
:  breastfeeding exclusively J! (no problems)
-5-6 feedings a day, or every 2- 4 hours
-PolyViSol with iron 1ml/day
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when to start solids?  What type of cereal would be best? 

 Sleeping:  awesome!  (regular naps - 3 a day, lots of awake time too…sleeping through the night)

Issues & Concerns:

 Vision:  would like to have her evaluated
-issues are: tracking is not fluid, and some eye movement (back and forth), seems like she has a hard time focusing sometimes

New this month:

-smiling, starting to squeal
-lots of vocalizations & louder J (vowel sounds, raspberry noise, Goo, Ah-goo, Ga-goo, Yaya, Lala, etc,)
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rolling over both ways
-licking/sucking on whatever is near her mouth, drooling
-inchworm on belly (tucks legs underneath then straightens and digs feet into ground…she actually moves forward!)
-lifts head and shoulders on tummy
-sits with support
-sucks thumb/likes her fingers in her mouth
-brings hands together
-beginning to hold toys/mouth them
-beginning to swat, reach, grab
-communicates needs clearly

 Bridget loves music, voices and massages.  She likes to look at books and stuffed animals and anything shiny or that lights up/plays music.  She is starting to hold teething toys and rattles and likes to “hug” and nibble on stuffed toys. 

At home, we (the whole family) are working with Bridget on:

-awareness of her body (deep pressure), massages (whole body) – light touch, firm touch, tapping, placing her on different textures
-movement - vestibular (dancing, spinning, etc.)
-desensitization of mouth (baby tooth brushes, soft toys, etc.) massaging gums/building awareness of muscles in cheeks, tongue and lips
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eye muscles - coordination (holding objects 18 in. from face and moving in, out, up, down and around)
-hands – grasp & release, legs - bicycling motion
-encouraging communication (repeating sounds she makes and adding new ones, taking turns “talking”, responding to her signals & vocalizations)
-tummy time, sits in high chair, Bumbo seat
-auditory input/communication - music, singing, reading, naming objects in everyday life


 

Bridget  – 9 months

 

We’ve had such a great month!  Bridget continues to eat and sleep well.  She is happy and alert.  Bridget likes being in a variety of situations, loves attention and has starting doing many new things!

 

Nutrition/feeding:  nursing, eating oatmeal cereal, soy yogurt, organic baby fruits & veggies

-PolyViSol with iron 1ml/day, Fluoride supplement .5 ml/day

Sleeping:  regular 1-2 hr. a.m./p.m. naps, sleeps through the night (8:30 p.m.-7:00 a.m.)

 

What’s new

-     Sitting independently propped with palms flat on floor (sits with minimal support at waist (straight back)/Can sit independently briefly without support

-          “Standing” with help/likes to bounce

-          BabblingJ!  Tons of different sounds…short bursts and long strings of sounds:  La La La, La La Loo, Ah Ga, Ah La, Guh, Duh, Aye, Da, Doo, Ah Da, Wah, Wuh,  Ha Ha Ha, Doo Doo Da, and many other combinations of these sounds!  Also, raspberries & growling to show displeasure…squeals and giggles to show elation.  Sounds are loud, soft, breathy, high-pitched, low-pitched, fast, slow and any other variation you can think of J.  Watching mouths intently.

-          Lifts chest off floor when on tummy.  Scoots backward & moves in circles on tummy.  Rocks, pulls legs and arms in and out, bottom up and legs straight. 

-          Loves to lay on tummy and kick feet, loves to grab (and eat) feet J

-          Passing toys freely from hand to hand

-          Eating food with a lumpy consistency.  Starting to eat things with little pieces (like peach pieces in yogurt).  Passing more solid food to outside of mouth and gumming (lots of drool).  Interested in grabbing spoon.  Can sip out of straw or sippy cup, but still not interested in doing it to consume large amounts.

-          Has some stranger anxiety

-          Is interested in, and amused by Sesame Street

 

We are…reading to Bridget; clapping, singing & dancing with her;  showing her pictures of everyday objects and family members while naming them; modeling sounds and gestures, providing a variety of things to hold & play with; taking her outside (sun, rain, wind), allowing her to explore and “stand” while holding onto the coffee table, exersaucer, etc.

 

Bridget – 10 months

Bridget continues to grow and learn.  We can see changes in her daily (in what she notices and can do).  She’s as strong and determined as ever, and is tons of fun!  Bridget had her first cold this past month and came through it just fine (she may have a little bit of fluid still in her left ear though—we are going to have her checked by her pediatrician). 

 

Nutrition:  still nursing, now eating small pieces of solid food (mangoes, asparagus, burgers, pancakes, soy yogurt, baby cereal bars, etc.)

 

New this month:

-sitting independently with straight back (sometimes rests hands on knees) for longer periods of time

-bounces/rocks to music or singing

-watching mouths intently, imitates “Huh Huh Huh” or “Ah!”

-vocal & expressive…New sounds:  Ah Da Da, Blah Blah Blah, Ya Ya

-very interested in others waving or clapping/trying to do it herself!

-very interested in others eating and chewing/grabbing our cups, forks, plates

-helping to feed herself bites/hold cups or bottles

-Motions:  (she’s got both the front and back ends going, just not at the same timeJ), scoots backwards, gets knees under chest and propels herself forward, “frog legs”—kicks legs in and out while pushing up and also with her head and chest on the ground, trying to reach things and move forward (but mostly moves by rolling all over and pushing herself around and backwards), arches back and tips head way back when on belly while kicking (looks like an acrobat trying to touch her feet to her head), rocks on hands when pushing up on hands with arms straight (like walking with only your hands), happy on the floor for long periods of time

-playing peekaboo

-giggling out loud when we laugh

-notices when someone thinks something she’s doing is funny/does it more

-notices “strangers”

-reaches for everything

-asserting her will

-likes to see herself in the mirror (“Look at that cute baby”!)

-listens to us reading for long periods of time/loves books/holds board books

 

We are…working on sitting/kneeling/crawling exercises and positions, encouraging Bridget to tip her cups up, singing songs & rhymes, playing peekaboo, reading lots of books (including nursery rhymes and touch-and-feel/interactive books), naming body parts and significant objects/people, playing with blocks, watching vocabulary builder series, taking walks, offering Bridget stacking/nesting toys and containers as well as things to push & beep & pull. 

 

Bridget - One Year

How is it possible that Bridget is already one year old?  We’ve had an amazing year!

 Nutrition:  still nursing, eats oatmeal cereal, soy yogurt, organic fruits & veggies, macaroni and cheese, shredded chicken, green beans, cooked carrots, mango, pears, Nutrigrain bars

-PolyViSol with iron 1ml/day, Fluoride supplement .5 ml/day

Sleeping:  regular 1-2 hr. a.m./p.m. naps, sleeps through the night (9:30 p.m.-7:00 a.m.)

What’s new… 
    
    
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Sits independently and pivots, gets from laying down back to sitting and vice versa
    -“Standing” with help/likes to bounce
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Lots of vocalizations (Ha!, Da Da, Ma Ma. La La, Ah Da, Ah Goo Ga, Dee, Duh Duh, EhGa Ga,) Shouting to soft, breathy sounds. Still watching mouths intently.  
    
- Gets to hands and knees and rocks.  Reaches for things while on all fours.  Finds creative ways to scootch around.  Covers lots of ground by rolling. 
    
-Loves to lay on tummy (or side) and kick feet, loves to grab (and eat) feet J 
    
-Grabs food and other small items with open hand, sometimes with pincher grasp/gets them to mouth 
    
-Is interested in self-feeding/grabs cups and utensils
    
-Showing displeasure and arching back when being put into car seat, high chair, crib! 
    
-Likes to bang and shake toys
    
-Eating soft food that’s diced or shredded 
    
-Stranger anxiety! 
    
-Loves music and musical toys/”sings” when we sing (“la la la”) 
    
-Likes to listen to us reading/likes to help point to things in books

We are…working on crawling and standing exercises and positions, encouraging Bridget to self-feed, singing songs & rhymes, playing peekaboo & pat-a-cake, reading lots of books (including nursery rhymes and touch-and-feel/interactive books), naming body parts and significant objects/people, playing with blocks, watching vocabulary builder series, taking walks and going to the park and pool, offering Bridget stacking/nesting toys and containers as well as things to push, beep, pull, shake, rattle and bang.

Bridget – Update 14 months

Nutrition:  still nursing (3 times daily), eats a variety of foods, drinks soymilk from a bottle or cup with meals

What’s new

-        Standing with minimal help...for minutes vs. seconds
-          Pulls to knees in crib or bathtub, or on people J…gets one foot flat (wants to pull to standing)
-          New sounds:  “dit”, “dat”, “boo boo boo”, “ba ba”, “bop”, “pa”
-          Imitating clicking or kissing sounds
-          Bounces to music or singing of any kind
-          Loves ducks and is saying “du du du”  and trying to quack J
-          Says “dah” for doll
-          Raising arms above head and bouncing when excited, makes small backwards “arm circles” (will imitate if we do it, too)
-          Is obsessed with her own reflection in any mirrored surface J
-          Is trying to crawl up the stairs…can crawl up and over almost any object
-          Acts “coy”…raises eyebrows and gives a shy smile when she’s trying to get our attention
-          Thinks animal noises are hilarious
-     Knows which toys make music or noises and can get them to make sound

We are…working on kneeling & standing exercises and positions, encouraging new feeding skills, listening (and moving) to music, singing songs & rhymes, reading lots of books, naming body parts and significant objects/people, going to parks and Kyle’s football games, playing in Bridget’s tent, pretending, enjoying school-time rituals (like waiting for the bus, going to the library, family dinners and family reading time), offering Bridget stacking/nesting toys and containers as well as things to push, beep, pull, rattle, shake and bang. 

Recent appointments/tests:  audiology 9/18 for hearing re-screen (report attached).  Also, Bridget just had her first ear infection (diagnosed 9/22).

Upcoming appointments:  ENT evaluation of ear structures 10/10.

 

 Bridget – Update 15 months

Nutrition:  still nursing (2 times daily), eats a variety of foods, drinks soymilk from a bottle or cup with meals

 What’s new

-         Trying to get up stairs, can crawl up and over almost any object
-          Still interested in pulling to stand, but usually falls over in the process
-          New sounds:  “ah dupt”, “pop”, “ya ya no”/no clear words yet, but close J
-          Imitating clicking, kissing, raspberries, blowing, etc.
-          Bounces to music or singing of any kind
-          Has developed a fake cough and a fake cry to get attention.  Grins if you ask her if she has a cough, and then tries really hard to cough
-          Still very interested in animal noises
-          Pivots (while looking over her shoulder) to keep toys from Emmy J, or if she thinks we are going to take something away from her
-          Sees tiny objects on floor and is able to pick them up quickly

 We are working on

 - signs for (and recognition of) body parts:  eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue, hands, feet, belly, hair
- signs for (and recognition of):  mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, more, cup, hungry, bottle, baby, bus, ball, book, please and thank you
- animal sounds and signs for cat, dog, duck and cow -pointing out emotions and feelings (sad, happy, sleepy, etc.).  We have books to read with Bridget about all of the above.  She seems to be enjoying these activities 
- kneeling/pulling up/standing activities, and ways to come down the stairs and sit back down after standing
- fine motor by placing small items in ice cube trays or mini muffin cups
- oral motor by offering teething toys that offer a reward for biting (gentle vibration), offering various foods to increase bite awareness & moving food to side of mouth, utilizing Nuk brushes and other textured spoons and devices

Recent appointments/tests:  ENT visit 10/10).  He thinks she will benefit from having tubes in her ears (10/26), and hopes to get her hearing in the “normal” range. 


Bridget – Update 16 months

Nutrition:  still nursing (2 times daily), eats a variety of foods, drinks soymilk from a bottle or cup with meals

 What’s new

 -     Waves, coughs, kisses, hugs, claps, blows nose (all on command)
-     Hugs doll and gives her “love”
-     Pops into “tripod” when crawling (feet and palms flat, bottom up), raises up on toes in this position & bounces         
-     Raises ball (and other items) above head when asked to, does “hands up”
-     Feeds herself small pieces of Cheerios
-          Very close to pulling to stand…needs less help
-          New sounds:  “sss”, “dut” (for duck), “dah” (for doll), “ah!” (for hi)
-          Interested in Hi-5 (on Discovery Kids), gets excited when they sing J
-          Imitates “oh” when hugging stuffed toys, and when others say it

 We are working on

 - signs for (and recognition of) body parts:  eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue, hands, feet, belly, hair
- signs for (and recognition of):  mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, more, cup, hungry, bottle, baby, bus, ball, book, please and thank you
- animal sounds and signs for cat, dog, duck and cow
-pointing out emotions and feelings (sad, happy, sleepy, etc.).  We have books to read with Bridget about all of the above.  She seems to be enjoying these activities 
- kneeling/pulling up/squatting, standing activities, and ways to come down the stairs and sit back down after standing
- fine motor (puzzles), oral motor, large motor (crawling over things, “standing”at couch, door, coffee table), cause and effect (toys with buttons), pretend play (brushing hair, stacking toys, placing things in containers)

Recent appointments/tests:  10/26 Ear tubes.  11/12 follow-up with ENT:  Bridget’s ears look “perfect”.

Issues to address:  inserts for shoes to assist in arch development, provide minor ankle support (Pollywogs)

 Bridget – Update 17 months

Nutrition:  still nursing (2 times daily), eats a variety of foods, drinks soymilk or ice water from a cup with meals, drinks a bottle before nap

 
What’s new…
-     Crawls up stairs
-     Conversational babble
-     Pulling up with minimal assistance
-     Stands at couch, coffee table or side of bathtub for long periods
of time
-     Feeds herself small pieces of food
-          Tries to put clothes over head/face
-          New sounds:  “OH!”, “up”, “duck”, “Och!” (for ouch), “Opt!” (we have no idea what this means, but she says it all the time! J), “Uh Doh”
-          Follows commands: 1-2-3 up, wave hi/bye-bye, doll up, ball up, hug the cat/doll, blow your nose, hide your eye
-          Makes a duck sound when we ask “What does a duck say?”
-          Signs baby when we say “baby” or ask “Can you give the baby a hug?”
-          Loves her shadow and seeing herself “talk” and wave in the mirror

We are working on

 - signs for (and recognition of) body parts:  eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue, hands, feet, belly, hair
- signs for (and recognition of):  mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, more, cup, hungry, bottle, baby, bus, ball, book, please and thank you
- animal sounds and signs for cat, dog, duck and cow
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pointing out emotions and feelings (sad, happy, sleepy, etc.).  We have books to read with Bridget about all of the above.  She seems to be enjoying these activities 
- kneeling/pulling up/squatting, standing activities, and ways to come down the stairs and sit back down after standing
- fine motor (puzzles), oral motor, large motor (crawling over things, “standing”at couch, door, coffee table), cause and effect (toys with buttons), pretend play (brushing hair, stacking toys, placing things in containers)


Bridget – Update 18 months

Nutrition:  still nursing (2 times daily), eats a variety of foods, drinks soymilk or ice water from a cup with meals, drinks a bottle before nap & before bed at night

What’s new

-     Cruising (takes 2-4 steps)
-     Pointing with index finger
-     “Brushes” her own hair
-     Pulling up on just about everything (crib, couch, tub, etc.) with no assistance…often letting go of one hand, sometimes both hands
-     “Walking” on knees, walking behind toys with help
-     Gets from standing back to sitting by dropping to knees v. just letting go
-          Climbs stairs
-          No more splits J!  Gets from laying down to sitting via side-lying method
-          Imitates throat clearing, blowing, deep breathing, fish face, bouncing, rocking, yawning, banging, clicking, clacking, etc.
-          Pats mom’s chest and says malamalamala when we ask, “Where’s mommy?”
-          Shakes head “NO!”, pulls her tongue and says “uh uh” when we say “no no”
-          Bounces in “bear crawl” position
-          New signs:  Touchdown! (both arms up), Go Bucks! (one arm up), feel, more (like clapping, but she knows when to use it), yes (open hand, not fist)
-          New words and sounds:  “t” or “ta” when we say Bridget or cat, “ya ya” for Sara, “hot”, “ah duh” for all done (also trying to sign it), “off”
-          Kisses animals and babies in books
-          Shows others how to rock her doll when they hold it
-          Climbs into couch basin without assistance
-          Gives kisses when asked, often without being asked J

We are

-working on fine motor (pop beads , play-doh , puzzles, dropping things, placing things in containers, ); oral motor (whistles, new food choices, Nuk brush), large motor (obstacle course in the basement --crawling over things, tunnel, etc., “standing” at couch, door, coffee table); cause and effect (toys with buttons); pretend play (brushing hair, trying on hats, taking turns etc.)
-also playing with stacking cups, balls of all sizes and textures, mirrors
-encouraging cruising, taking steps with help
- working on signs for (and recognition of) body parts:  eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue, hands, feet, tummy, hair (she loves head, shoulders, knees and toes song)
- signs for (and recognition of):  mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, more, cup, hungry, bottle, baby, bus, ball, book, please and thank you, yes, banana, shoes, all done, bus, yogurt, butterfly, book
- animal sounds and signs for cat, duck and cow
-talking about the 5 senses
-pointing out emotions and feelings (sad, happy, sleepy, etc.).  We have books/flash cards for Bridget about all of the above.  She seems to be enjoying these activities 

 

Bridget - Update 20 months

 

Nutrition:   Eats a variety of foods, drinks soymilk or ice water from a cup with meals, drinks a bottle in the morning & before bed at night

What’s new

 -     New signs:  hurt, please, thank you, shoes, more, night night,    
yes         
-     Stands by propping one hand on surface and plays with a toy
-     Cruises around couches, steps confidently between connected pieces of furniture at different heights…makes a “lap” around family room
-     Follows commands:  take a bite, sit please, be gentle
-     Takes pants and socks/shoes off…tries to put clothes over head
-     Tries to put sunglasses on head (like mom)
-     Lifts flaps, closes books (turns some pages), pushes buttons

We are

 -     Working on independent standing and taking steps with help
-     Working on signs for:  good, thirsty, hungry, apple, banana, love, happy, mad, play, socks, no touch, butterfly, book
-     Working on chewing and taking sips from a cup without a spout or straw
-     Working on getting Bridget to bring her tongue in (“lips together”)
-     Encouraging Bridget to hold her spoon or fork and take bites
-     Working on taking turns
-     Smashing and pinching play-doh with Bridget J
-     Rolling and throwing balls with Bridget, large motor play in basement
-     Working on stacking, nesting, placing things in containers
-     Pretending
-     Singing, dancing, reading with Bridget
-     Continuing to work on fine motor, oral motor and large motor development in methods mentioned in previous updates…as well as working on signs and speech for basic words, feelings, animals, etc.

 

Bridget – Update 22 months

Bridget is doing great!  We have seen marked progress, especially with regard to her large motor development and signing.  She is growing and changing in all areas, as reflected below:

What’s new

 -     She is placing things in containers rather than throwing!
-     Pulls apart pop beads
-     Beginning to produce some clear words consistently (OUCH! and Papa)
-     Has many new signs (**some are variations of the “real” sign, some she has made up on her own, but she them communicates clearly…see below for lists)
-     Moves from a bear walk position to standing with one-hand support
-     Walks with a push toy for support, and walks with two-handed help for 3-5 steps up to 10 feet (depending on moodJ).
-     Cruises on flat surfaces (cabinets, French doors), and while moving between pieces of furniture
-     Climbs up a flight of stairs, goes down 2-3 stairs easily
-     Pretends to feed dolls/stuffed animals/people, talk on the phone, fake cry
-     Follows commands:  “lips together” (makes mmm sound), “take a little bite” and “chew, please”.  Understands “no” and “no touch”
-     Coughs into her arm (she’s seen the kids do this)
-     Recognizes her:  hair, eyes, ears, nose tongue/mouth, teeth, toes, feet

We are

-     Working on independent standing and taking steps with help
-     Doing lunges to sofa or a vertical surface
-     Working on chewing and taking sips from a cup without a spout or straw
-     Encouraging Bridget to bring her tongue in (“lips together”)
-     Encouraging Bridget to hold her spoon or fork and take bites
-     Working on taking turns
-     Rolling and throwing balls with Bridget, large motor play in basement
-     Singing, dancing, reading, pretending with Bridget
-     Continuing to work on fine motor, oral motor and large motor development in methods mentioned in previous updates…as well as working on signs and speech for basic words, feelings, animals, etc.

We are really encouraging Bridget to speak.  We are thrilled with any communication, but we are sensing she is close to being able to produce more mature as well as clearer sounds.  When we sign with her, we also ask, “Can you say______” and point to our mouths while enunciating the word.  We usually ask her both questions, “Can you show me (the sign)____________,” and “Can you say (the word)_____________”.

**Bridget  - 22 months – Signs**

Mastered Correct Sign                                                                   Close

Thank You                                                                                          Play      
Baby                                                                                                      Diaper
Eat                                                                                                          Mad
Love                                                                                                      Thirsty
More                                                                                                      Hungry               
Shoes                                                                                                     Duck
Hurt                                                                                                      Sorry
Touchdown                                                                                        Book
All done                                                                                               Happy
Please
Daddy
Hi
Bye-bye

 

Modified or made-up sign

Yes                                                                                                        
Mommy
Grandma
Stinky
Beautiful
Bath
Night-night/tired
Banana
pancakes

 

 

Bridget at Age 2

Highlights:  No More Bottles…Counting Down to Independent Walking…Increase in Verbal Communication…Running on All Fours…Getting Into Everything…Climbing up onto the Couch…Monopolizing the Remote…Repeating Clapping Patterns and More Sounds…Standing against furniture…Handing Over Choking Hazzards…Loves to Take Turns…Eating Regular Yogurt and Cheese (Still Drinking Soy Milk)

New in the last two months:

-Handing small items to mom, dad or siblings instead of mouthing them!
-Lunges easily to couch or other vertical surface
-Taking steps with help (6-10 at a time)
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Squatting
-Walking independently with walker (all over!)
-“Running” in quadruped position (bear crawl)
-“Drawing” with crayons or markers
-Dropping balls into tubes
-Pretending to talk on phone (rests it on her shoulder, pushes buttons, carries on a conversation)

-New signs:  apple, again, cheese, food, play, funny, sorry, cookie

-New words:  “num num” (when something tastes good), “dough” (dog), “tat” (cat), “heh-yo” (hello), “head”, “tee” (teeth), “Josh”, “tuh” (your turn),  “deh du” (thank you), “duh” (done)

-New sounds:  “S”, “K”

Responds to the following:

Bridget, can you dance? (kicks leg)  Can you do a shoulder shimmy? (shakes her shoulders)  Can you cough into your arm?  Burp? Make a fish face?  Give that to me?  Brush your hair?  Brush my hair?  Give me a kiss?  Pat me on the back?  Can you be really sad?  Can you give the kitty some food?  Put that in the bowl?  Open the cupboard?  Close the cupboard?  Can you put your tongue out?  Put your lips together?  Answer the phone? 

Working on:  saying “cheese”, walking & balance, self feeding (with utensils), sipping with tongue in, blowing bubbles, whistles, pretending, drawing with crayons & markers.  Continuing to work on fine motor, oral motor and large motor development in methods mentioned in previous updates…as well as working on signs and speech for basic words, feelings, animals, etc.

**Bridget 25 months--Signs**

Thank You
Play
Baby
Diaper
Eat
Hurt
Love
Hungry/Food
Duck
Cat
Butterfly
Mad
More
Shoes
Touchdown
Sorry
Happy
All done
Please
Daddy
Hi
Bye-bye
Cracker
Go Bucks!
Yes
Mommy
Grandma
Stinky
Beautiful
Bath
Night-night/tired
Banana
Apple
Pancakes
Book
Gentle
Monkey
Shadow
Ice Cream
Cheese
Again
Cookie
Funny
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