05 April 2011

3 Years Old: Developmental Update

When Vera turned three, she emerged from her cocoon and became a butterfly.

We thought her long-running illnesses would set her back in her development. But the girl has proven us wrong and miraculously made strides in various areas, which really baffles us!

Here's what she's been up to:

1) Improved grip - Her fingers have gotten stronger. Previously, she would hold the Ark Probe to her mouth only if I held it in her hand. Now, she refuses to let go of it, and 'brushes' her teeth rigorously with it for up to 10 minutes. In fact, she will resist if I try to pry the Ark Probe from her fingers!

2) Sitting - She is now able to support herself with her hands and sit independently for about 5 minutes. Her head tilts back less now.

3) Tripod Sitting - She is now very steady in tripod position and can do it for about 10-15 minutes. (Longer if she's entertained.)

4) Pulling up - This really amazes me. Her forearms have gotten stronger. Nowadays, she pulls herself up into a sitting position once you hold her hands! She's so determined to get up, and so pleased when she's done it. We've been doing this with her every day now, and I bet soon she'll be able to pull up just by gripping our fingers.

5) Extremely 'Talkative' - She turned three and found her voice. Nowadays, she will complain throughout the evening non-stop. More if her nose is stuffed with mucus.

It is said that the first 3 years are when they make the most progress. We are seeing the rewards of our consistent efforts at therapy, and I'm happy she's improved this much during this time.

I look at my chubby, cheesy smiley pumpkin and feel so thankful to have her as she is.