Shawn took Jamie to Maine today to spend the day with Shawn's mom, so it's just the girls. We went to Clare's OT session in the sensory room, did some grocery shopping, and now she is napping while I am baking the dozens of cookies for our cookie swap (and taking a quick computer break!). This morning, after Shawn and Jamie left, Clare and I were finishing our breakfast. I looked at her and said, "It's just you and me, kid." Her response: "Uh oh." How appropriate!
Clare continues to do great with her OT sessions. It helps that she just adores Jessica, and if Clare starts to get fussy (or even scared, like she did today when she tilted a bit on the big swing), Jessica is able to soothe her and distract her with another activity. I don't even need to be in the room anymore. Which I am usually not when Jessica comes to the house, as Jamie needs extra attention during Clare's OT. It was nice to sit in the corner and just watch Clare's session today without any distractions. She played forever in the big corn kernel bucket, unearthing all the scary-looking dinosaurs (a plus to having a big brother is that scary-looking dinosaurs do not even faze Clare). Clare is more vocal every day. We spent this past weekend in RI with my family, and Clare came home saying "auntie" and "na-nia" (her version of Grania, my mom's "grandmother" name). Clare's other new favorite word, learned at OT, is "bubble." Jamie loves the Rudolph movie featuring the Bumble (the ambominable snowman). He especially likes to look for Bumbles while we drive, which always leads to another little voice in the backseat repeating incessantly "bubble... bubble... bubble." The other new phrases in her repertoire are "thank you," "I do," and "rock rock." (She loves to rock on anything! Which is why Santa is bringing her a pint-sized rocking horse.)
Clare's PT is slowly progressing. She still is not even close to crawling - she just hates being in that hands and knees position. She is starting to trust Kelly, her physical therapist, more so she allows Kelly to do harder stuff with her. Her walking is coming along. She will take steps holding your hands now, and does not even protest the entire time, like she used to do. She still cannot transition from laying to sitting, sitting to standing, but she is working on it.
That's it in a nutshell right now. At least I know my Christmas tree is safe for one more year from crawling babies. With any luck, next year, I will have two crawling babies to watch out for!! Back to the cookies...