Hi, everyone -
I just wanted to share a few updates on our little family. First, I have a meeting with the local school set up to discuss how they handle gifted kids. So we'll see where that leads us in terms of making decisions about DS's future schooling. I thought the fact that they were even open to meeting with me was an excellent sign! If they are open to parent involvement, maybe I can help in some way.
Second, DS is doing well and continuing to surprise us. He is very much into math right now - addition, subtraction, very very simple multiplication, and even fractions. Anything with numbers, he loves - telling time, reading calendars, weather, etc. He has a great sense of humor and likes to tell jokes and make up some of his own. He still loves puzzles, reading, art and doing art projects, and he is getting pretty good with letters. The only area I'd say he is not advanced is gross motor skills. There are definitely some kids his age that are more athletically gifted. He is still operating on very little sleep, which means that we all are sleep deprived in this house (well...except for DS, who seems to get plenty of sleep as far as he is concerned)
His baby sister is now just over one. We cannot get over her speech abilities! She can say almost 50 words. Holy crap!! OK, maybe this isn't that unusual, especially in these parts. But DS definitely wasn't talking that well at one. I do know that girls talk earlier than boys. And I should also note that she doesn't always use all 50 words correctly, so some of those are just repeating commonly heard words. But the fact that she can say them still surprises me. She is very good at simple puzzles. She probably likes them because her big brother is so into them. Hers are very simple, of course. She has picked up on a joke her brother does where he puts something silly on his head and giggles saying "this is not a hat!" (Ah, toddler humor.) Now DD will hold things to her head and say "it not a hat!" She thinks that is pretty funny. (BTW... she usually only says one word at a time. Don't want you all to think she is putting together short sentences - in this case, she is just mimicking!)
So, it seems that DD could very well be bright too. Who knows...
AFM... I mentioned health issues in an earlier post. I will be having surgery next week and will be gone for over a week. I hate the thought of being away from the kids, but hopefully this will represent a step towards regaining my health. I am going to need all the strength and energy I can get to keep up with these two!
Thanks for listening and for all the great advice. I do come here and read often, even though I can't often post. I love hearing about the wonderful and unique kiddos and how they keep us all on our toes (to say the least). So I am a dedicated lurker. Hopefully with better health I will have a bit more time to actively participate here. This is an amazing community!