Friday, November 26, 2010

Dear Santa

Piper wrote a letter to Santa telling him what she would like. I'm not sure about the Barbie stuff as she has no idea what that is. I will go and get her the purse she saw at Meijer because she won't stop talking about it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

General Update

NAME/ALIAS: AGE: Piper, 3 years 2months

PSYCHOMOTOR STUFF: getting better at really using a hula hoop now, tries to dribble a ball (hands)

COGNITIVE STUFF: She is big into arguing her point now, and is very logical about it too- not the typical arguing tantrum type stuff she has done for months. Her language is much more rich and complex and expressive. Sometimes I am just amazed at how she speaks- and the things that come out of her mouth in her baby sounding voice.

ACADEMICS: Last night we went out to dinner and she entertained herself with the sugar packets: making patterns and counting them. She is really into counting everything right now and has great one to one correspondence. The teens mess her up, and as long as it took her to count to 12, it might be ages before she gets to 20 correctly. She continues to be fascinated with the moon, and we talked more about it last night since it was a crescent moon. At dinner she told us that our lemons were crescents- apparently her word of the day. She pointed out the stars in the sky and argued with us about whether one was an airplane, a star, or a planet. Self-sufficient on the computer with general use. Can use Word and Paint. plus several software programs like KidPix and JumpStart. Opens and closes programs with ease, prints, and shuts down computer.

CREATIVE OUTPUT: Lots of building of forts, tents, houses: out of pillows, couch cushions, blankets, and other misc. materials. She has very elaborate plans and gets upset when we make her clean up. Poor Stella is picked up and carried to these areas and forced to play. :) She has also been rewriting songs that she knows with new lyrics. I was impressed that the meter and rhythm still matched the original tune.

EMOTIONAL ISSUES: Again, very argumentative, usually age appropriate when tired or hungry, but often just to be silly or sarcastic. Is completely logical and uses reasoning with her debating. She’s loud! I guess in general we are a loud family, but it really comes to light watching her. Will not sleep in her own bed. We have finally got her out of our bed and sleeping in a chair/ottoman combo in our bedroom. Is embarrassed about performing still- will NOT perform if asked. I caught her waltzing the other day with her stuffed dog and she immediately stopped and hid when I looked at her.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Piper loved Halloween and true to form was Dorothy again this year. I don't think the costume will fit next year, so she'll be forced to pick something new. :) She was up bright and early Halloween Day dressed in her costume and shoes watching the Wizard of Oz for the upteenth time.

She loved trick or treating once she got into it. She was a bit shy going to the doors by herself, and when she got tired, she was done. Nothing would convince her to go to another door. She told us she had plenty of candy. When we got back to her grandparents' house, she passed out a few pieces to the kids who were still coming to the door. She also had fun sorting all of her candy into piles and counting it all.