Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Two & a Half?!!?

Yup, that’s right! Today is Elena’s Half Birthday!! Sounds about time for an update, no?

Yesterday was a big day…Elena started preschool!! She’ll be going 2 mornings a week & I know this will be so very good for her. It killed me not to be there, to not be the one to drop her off…I’d always imagined taking the morning off work to drop her off on her 1st day of school…but my Mom had been taking her to the drop in program her teacher ran all summer…so Elena was comfortable & familiar going…if I had gone, Elena likely would have made a fuss…but my Mom did me proud & took LOTS of pictures!!

When I got home from work, I asked her what her favourite part of school was & she said, “Buwee” Huh? & she said it again with earnest enthusiasm…but I had no idea what she meant…so she said it louder…because isn’t that what we all naturally do if someone doesn’t understand us? I still have no idea what Buwee is but I’m glad she enjoyed it so much whatever it was!

It is obvious that language is still a challenge for us…and the major source of frustration for both Elena & I. Her receptive language is remarkable…mine, not so much, lol! At least of her language…I understand so little of what she’s trying to say…& now she’s speaking in 2 & 3 “word” sentences, so it’s getting even harder to understand…some of the time I know intuitively what she is trying to say & that feels good. It’s also amazing when she says something clearly & I stop dead & say, “Did you just hear that?!!?”

The other challenge is that so many of her “words” sound exactly alike…like buwee, bwue, bwoon, & other variations…she could be saying blue, balloon, bubble…but when I correctly identify what she’s saying, boy do we celebrate!!!

Tomorrow we see another Speech Pathologist to be reassessed to make sure we still qualify to attend the program available for Elena…I’m anxious to hear her thoughts. The program sounds amazing. There are 6 Parent only Sessions plus 4 Individual Video-Practice Sessions.
She is a very tall little girl! It's hard to get her to stand still long enough to get an exact measurement but she's about 38 inches tall. She's solid too at 36 pounds...
She eats very well with minimal is definitely her favourite! Every night we don't have pizza, she says "No buppy, Momma"...buppy means pizza, by the way...she's not big on breakfast but will usually have fruit & yogurt when encouraged...she also loves V8 Fruit Smoothies. She also has enjoyed her fair share of popsicles this summer & has become an expert pudding pop maker! She is so proud to share them, knowing she'd made them herself.
Physically she is very active...she has come so far this summer with her balance bike & has mastered coasting. The park is one of her favourite places & she has no fear on any of the structures. She loves to jump & will jump on or over just about anything!! We couldn't get back to gymnastics soon enough!! Which starts back up this Saturday.
And swimming! This little kid is a fish!! She loves being in the pool & she doesn't even use her water wings any more!! She's tall enough that the water in the kid's pool comes to her chin & in the deeper pool, she's fine with a noodle.
She is so precious playing with her dolls. She is so sweet, cuddling them, kissing them, swaddling them & when she puts them to sleep, we all have to "shhh". She also loves to play with her mega blocks & her Little People sets. She loves to read & be read to...she loves stickers & finger painting.

All in all, our life is good. We’ve had an amazing summer together…so many awesome memories. We have so much to look forward to this fall & winter too!

Happy Half Birthday, my precious little girl!!
Her Cheese Face

1st Day of Preschool at her own cubby -
again with the cheese face!!


  1. I can't believe Elena's already 2 1/2! It feels like she was born only a few months ago! She is clearly thriving ---such a happy girl :) All thanks to her mama! Good luck with the speech assessment tomorrow - the program sounds amazing.

  2. Happy half-birthday to Elena! I can't believe how big she is getting!

  3. Happy Half birthday! She is adorable and getting so big.

  4. Wow, Elena is the same size as Fiona is at age 4! And it sounds like her speech challenges (articulation difficulties, while having a great vocabulary and receptive language) are very similar to Carys'. Same here - Carys will use the same sound to mean 4 different things, and if I don't have context to figure it out I am screwed! Love how you put it - your receptive language is bad-- that made me laugh, so true! She's a beauty and sounds like she is doing great!

  5. She is lovely! Congrats on this milestone!

    tara k

  6. Happy Half Birthday! She is beautiful! Grrrr, a language problem. This is my biggest fear when Camilla will start talking in sentences and I will not understand her. She is still not saying some sounds. Good luck with your appointment!

  7. You are such a great mom. I love following all the amazing things you do with Elena. It's great reading about everything she is up to these days. I love how 2 1/2 year olds make the cheese face. Happy 30 months!

  8. Happy half birthday! She looks lovely :-)


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