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As you know from my last blog, I got to have a visit with my daughter this past Saturday. It went really well, though it had to be cut short because they had plans later in the day.
Her personality is really starting to develop. She’s starting to talk too. This is a major milestone. She’s been babbling off and on for a while, but not really talking. She now says “hot” (sounds like “aught) and actually holds up one hand like “don’t touch.” Since she’s fully deaf in her left ear, I was very curious how she would hear and talk. She really sounds like a “normal” kid! I love to hear kids talk when they’re just figuring out how to do so. It’s so cute! She’s also figured out how to knock on doors to get people’s attention. If her dad is outside, she’ll go over to the sliding glass door, pull herself up, knock on the glass to get his attention, and then wave at him. Of course it’s more of a twist of her hand than an actual wave, but it’s obvious what she’s trying to do.
Mackenzie is also really trying to walk. She’s a LOT more solid on her feet, and she pulls up on everything she can reach and does the “sideways shuffle.” She actually lets go of objects for short bits of time before she feels really wobbly and grabs back on to whatever she was holding on before. She’s obviously testing herself and her balance.
I’m telling you all of these things not only to brag about my daughter, but because Mackenzie accomplishing these milestones in her growth is definitely bittersweet. It’s awesome to see her grow. It’s sad to see the growth from a distance and not be part of all the little “steps” along the way that have gotten her to this point.
I think being proud of Mackenzie’s accomplishments and bragging about them to anyone who will listen is a way for me to feel closer to her while she develops. It’s a way to feel like I’m still very much a part of her life like I would be if I were raising her. Of course I realize deep down that I’m not really any closer to her physically, but it’s the emotional closeness I care about!
How do you deal with learning about your child’s milestones? Is it a happy or sad occasion…or maybe both?