You're totally right-- I don't feel like I"m doing enough with him. Of course, I don't feel like I'm doing enough of *anything* of late. *sigh* I really worry about him, especially at times like this when I'm feeling so miserable overall (depressed, stomach virus, general ickiness). I feel like my miseries may be making his life more difficult already. I was feeling horrible, and then it occurred to me that I might be turning into my mother and I just burst into tears. I really hope it's not the case, though, and that I can work this crap all out of my system. At any rate, someone made an excellent point: this may well be taken out of my hands in a few months anyway. BeanBean is not terribly visually oriented, but he seems well on his way to reading anyhow.
He's got a bunch of books memorized (he has for ages) but when he's actually "reading" he totally makes up words. Sometimes he'll "read" a blank sheet of paper and tell me it says "a b c's, won't you sing with me?" and then sing.
Miss BooBah started cruising a few evenings ago. Crawled out of bed and pulled herself up on a drawer (the first time she's pulled up to standing on something non-human) and then cruised to the end of it. She stood there, rifling through Mike's shirts for a while before she got back on the floor to eat one of BeanBean's toys. :LOL Mike saw her first, he called me "Honey, come see, hurry up!" because he thought she was going to fall, but she stayed up for a good long while.
Which brings me to a question: have you ever seen very tiny socks/footed sleepers with tread? I had this problem with BeanBean when he was 14 months old; he would walk and then fall down and I couldn't figure out why until I changed him and realized that the pajamas he was wearing had no tread on the bottom. It was a 12 month size blanket sleeper, and it fit him beautifully, but it wasn't meant for a walking baby (a newborn XL, as opposed to an infant small). It was very easy to fix at that point; infant sizes (12-36 months) do have tread on the bottoms of the feet, so I just made it a point not to put him in the newborn sized sleepers anymore. I've never seen *anything* in a 6-9 month size with tread on the feet, and it's too cold for BooBah to be barefooted. I don't want her to slide too much when she stands, though, because if she's holding on to something she could hurt herself really badly. She only started cruising this week, but tonight she was doing it one-handed and I think she may attempt to walk soon.
At any rate, if you see teeny tiny (she's about a size 2) socks with tread on the bottom, please let me know where! She doesn't need to fall to hurt her head-- she's got a brother to do that for her.
Originally Posted by amyjeans
She enjoys learning about the solar system and can tell you all the planets in order. When we ask her where she lives, she says Earth. But her favorite is Saturn because it has pretty rings!
BeanBean likes Saturn because there's a car called Saturn. When he found out there was a car called "Mercury" he just about flipped his lid. :LOL
I'm not sure what to say about your sisters. My sisters always thought I was wierd for saying I wanted to homeschool, but now one of them's got me teaching her daughter so
. The other one is really obnoxious and acts like she knows more about parenting and homeschooling than I possibly could (and she *really* doesn't, she's totally out of her league on both counts) so she's nasty about it, but it doesn't matter. My niece is thriving.
Of course, it's never been suggested that I wasn't smarter than my kids... but that's a whole different can of worms.
My mother found a small article in her local paper mentioning a support group, irl, for parents of gifted children! They're doing an 8 week seminar on a book called "Guiding the Gifted Child" and I am so totally going (it's only $30, and they give you a copy of the book). The group is something like the Lancaster Coalition for the Support of Gifted Children. Mom said "I've never heard of these people, but where the hell were they when I needed them?" :LOL I really can't wait to go. I'm totally expecting to encounter some people I've met before (as far as gifted children in my old school district go, I was somewhat... infamous) but not since becoming a parent, and some people I've never met before. Hopefully there will be other parents of very young children, and homeschoolers...I've just got really high hopes.