We have been in our new living space for about a month and the only room that still has not been fixed to our satisfaction is Daniela’s room. We are still working on getting her a bed that we feel will best make her more indepenedent. We were able to have her meet Veronica and Rick who stayed with us a night.
I am told that wedding bells will soon be ringing for them two but we will see when that happens. We did not get to see the boys before they left but the timing was off. Dad decided that he was going to build and construct while the kids were on vacation and did not bring them up one more time to the beach. We were still in unpacking and moving things mode while they were here.
We survived a potential Tropical Storm Isaac who is now a hurricane in the lower part of the U.S. Louisianna and New Orleans. Daniela did not notice anything when the rains were here because we kept her busy and we had her help us clean.
We have noticed that she is stringing words together in sentences and you can see her little brain working on getting those words into a coherent sentence. Today I was laughing because she started singing “Clean Clean Toto Clean Up” and then she substituted Toto for Mama and then Papa.
She is also starting to complain about when myself or Raul or even JuanGa does something to her. She loves learning new words and names of people and will repeat them quickly. She will also make up a song about the new word she has just learned.
We have also been doing Zumba because she likes to “bailar” This has gotten me somewhat motivated to get my fat butt in sometype of shape. Nonetheless, she loves to color, paint, and once she sets her mind to doing a specific task like playing with paperclips dumping and putting them in their bin, she can keep going and going. But once she gets bored its on to harrassing JuanGa with the chair.
Recently she has been interacting more with children at the Organic Market and even told one girl to Sit Please. She blew a kiss at a complete stranger and it makes her giggle when someone looks at her and says “hola” or “hello”
She is speaking more short sentences in Spanish than English. But you can tell she understands both. She is counting and singing her ABCs. She is learning how to wash herself and I give her little tasks to do like putting her clothes away from the laundry basket into her drawers.
She is a handful at times but it is part of her growing up. She alread says her name and is practicing on saying Lucia. She does speak about herself in the third person. She will say Papa Colon Daniela Colon JuanGa Colon and even Colon Mama. When I say no to her she will keep on saying Colon Mama just to see me get miffed. Then she will say Feliciano Mama. But she started putting Colon against every bodys name on her own. Now she will sit with Raul and ask him to write her name out so she can write.