Colorful gal

Wow, I taught a class down near Ohio for the past week. I return and find out that Ellie can identify and say many colors. While taking a bath, I ask her to look at some colored cups and she knew yellow, blue, and purple (that is all there were). I’ll try other colors tomorrow — this just amazed me. She also can whistle (not really, but she tries and makes a blowing sound). She can count to 3 without any prompting. Maybe it is just me, but I am sure she is the smartest baby in the world. Paula commented recently that Ellie is great at playing by herself — she likes exploring and understanding her own little world. Paula also thinks that Ellie will be much better off on her own without our intervention (I wonder if that is a knock on me). 😉

ellie swimming suit

Ellie talking

This is a little out of order, but I just finished it. Ellie can count to 3 and has been doing so since she was 13 months. This is an mp3 file I saved…You’ll have to listen closely for her voice (best to turn up your volume). I count to 3, but she is doing so a bit ahead of me. Click here to hear it.

Communication skills

Ellie has some people amazed lately with her talking. She not only waves bye-bye, but she says it. Also, while eating out recently, some women near our table waved to Ellie a few times and she waved back. When they finished eating, they walked over and told us how beautiful Ellie was. Paula said to Ellie, “Ah, they think you are beautiful” and Ellie looked at them and said, “thank you” to the amazement of the women. She also is very good with the yes and no head-thing; although, her yes is a very slow look up and then look down — very pronounced and cute. If we ask her if her diaper needs to be changed, she will indicate yes or no and has been correct every time thus far. She can tell us when she is hungry, when she wants to play, and when she is ready for bed, etc. A very fun age.

Ellie’s progress

Ellie understands many phrases these days. I was using a circular saw in the garage to cut down on the cost of the carpet installation in our basement the other day and had Ellie outside with me. When I actually used the saw, I would tell her to go sit down on a step. She did every time without hesitation and I didn’t have to teach her how first. When I finished the sawing each time, Ellie would look at me and say, “ouch” and cover her ears with her hands. Very cute (and I only made 3 quick cuts so her ears are fine).

Ellie can say “thank you” and knows when to say it. She can almost say “I love you” but her vocal chords won’t quite allow the enunciation yet. She greets me with a “hi daddy” when I enter a room. Very adorable. Very fun, etc. Makes me want to wake her up just to play after she has gone to bed for the evening (I don’t, but think about it). 😉