Miles is loving his preschool and is also learning exponentially. His sign language and understanding of language has doubled in the last couple of months. He's finally using his signs more often without needing us to prompt him. And he's understanding more concepts like things that are hot or cold. His spoken language is still lagging, but he's got a few new words and phrases he's using like, "do it", "stop it"and "there". Communication can still be a challenge, but I find that it gets better every day. I've also become a better listener and watcher so I can anticipate his needs and be on the lookout for his signs. He can tell I'm listening and understand him and he is, in turn, more interested in communicating with me. It's starting to be a more rewarding experience...finally! Miles also surprised us with his very spirited performance in the school's Halloween show. He totally rocked it! He was the happiest, most energetic and exciting performer of all. Which wasn't really a surprise. What surprised us was how well he knew the choreography and how he didn't need an aide to help him follow along at all. I mean, he loves dancing, I know that. But I didn't know that he would be so good at a choreographed dance! It was exciting to see him surpass my expectations. He loved the stage and being in the spotlight.
These are just a few tidbits of what's been going on in the last two months. It's really been a whirlwind and I've barely had time to process it all. That's why I haven't written. It's usually a toss between writing and sleeping. Sleeping has been winning every time. And I know that with the holidays coming this month, the last 31 days of 2012 are going to be over before we know it. But I don't want this year to be over! I want to luxuriate in this time, I want to truly experience this sweet stage that Ella is in. I want to be able to look back on these days with both kids and remember specific moments in time. The little moments, not just the big ones like Christmas or Thanksgiving. I want to be able to remember Ella's toothless smile and the way she crawls with one knee pointing up toward the sky. I want to remember how she puckers up her mouth and scrunches her nose when she savors a new flavor for the first time. I want to remember the way her delicate little fingers pick up a small cheerio with such precise coordination and put them in her mouth. I want to remember her sweet little voice when she says mama or her high pitched yelling when she's excited.
I want to remember Miles's funky dance style: stomping his legs and swinging his torso and bent arms from side to side. I want to remember how he's added air guitar and air drums to his dance repertoire and how he has no shame of breaking into dance at any restaurant when good music is playing. I want to remember his sweet smile and carefree laughter when we run around the kitchen chasing each other. I want to remember how he says "hi" with such innocence and love every time I see him or how he pats my back when we embrace. I want to bottle all these special moments so I can see them this clearly 50 years from now.
Alas, Dumbledore's pensieve only exists in the Harry Potter series. So I'll try to do what I know how to do: to stop and enjoy the moments with my kids. Take the time to really be with them and not fill my head with other worries. And then, when I can, I will write about those moments because it helps me process them. It helps me see them again and store them deep in my heart. And of course, I will take photos and videos because when I don't have time for the words, a picture can say it all!
So here is a few highlights of the past two months......
The month of October started off with the Club 21 Walkathon in Pasadena, where we helped raise awareness and money for children with Down syndrome!
|Family Portrait with Brobee at the Club 21 Together Is Better Walkathon!|
|Miles dancing with his friend Lilly at Club 21 Walkathon|
At school, Miles started acting out a bit this month.....and that got him into trouble on the playground! He fell and got a pretty big gash right above his eye. Instead of stitches, the doctor glued his skin together and put a butterfly strip over it. He was pissed off about the whole ordeal, but as soon as we got home, he went straight into the studio to play the drums.
|Miles on the drums after his trip to the doctor.|
|Ella also likes to play the drums!|
|Miles trying on his cowboy boots for his Halloween costume as Sheriff Woody|
Miles's first performance, onstage, with a live audience was fantastic!!! We had parents coming up to us afterward saying that they would pay just to go see Miles perform. Yeah, he was that entertaining.....and good!
|Ella, the little Pumpkin, showing off her cute delicate fingers.|
|Miles during his school's Halloween performance.|
|Ella's chubby cheeks on her first train ride in Travel Town|
|A self portrait of Miles and I during our date to the Natural History Museum|
|Miles and Lilly eating apples after Thanksgiving dinner|
|Ella happily playing with the big kids on Thanksgiving|
|Ella after a yoghurt breakfast|
|Eating dinner like big kids at the little kid's table.|
|Our first self-portrait!|
|Mama sandwich on a lazy Sunday at the Griffith Observatory|