Warning: Lots of bragging ahead!! Read at your own risk.
I got my master's in Gifted Education a few years back and attended many conferences and workshops on the topic. I started to realize after several conferences that the people who attended these conferences would eventually end up talking about how their own children were gifted too. No matter if their kids struggled in school or had no motivation, I would hear about their giftedness. This became some what comical over time, people couldn't wait to share personal stories to be sure to let everyone know about how their kid was gifted too.
What I've discovered two and a half years into parenting, is that I'm going to be one of those people. Yep, I'm pretty convinced that our lovely daughter is gifted. Now I'll be the one sharing the anecdotal stories about how my kids are gifted and everyone else in the room will be rolling their eye.
But the truth is, she IS! (I say with a snicker, of course :0)
Let's see, she will be three and a half next month and has a vocabulary more like a five year old. She knows all of her letters and how to write them, has been able to name them since she was two, able to write her name for about a year now. She's able to write all of our names without help and is also writing mandarin characters, which she is learning at school. She amazes us daily with her memory. She is really interested in reading and just the other day told Tom, "Daddy, I'm really frustrated because I can't read this book. I want to read the words."
Lately her favorite thing is to open a word document on the computer and work on typing in words I tell her. The first time we did this I said, "Let's spell cat. What makes the "k" sound?" She shouted, "C!" I was shocked and thought it was a coincidence. She also knew that she needed a "t" at the end and went on to tell me all of the consonants necessary to spell most of the farm animals. Okay, maybe she is really ready for reading?
She is very sensitive to social issues, worries about the deer we saw hit on the road the other day (oy!) and wonders why he was "sick", worries about the people who I gave clothes to when I explained that I was giving them our clothes because they didn't have the money to buy their own at the moment. She thinks deeply about such things, for days after and asks great questions.
Then there's her drawing, I'll leave a few examples here as proof. (Click for larger version) These are samples taken from ages 3 (years).2(months)-3.4 I realize there is no one more biased than me, but are these drawings not exquisite? We are often shocked by the details and the stories and the accuracy of the drawing. I remember that when she was about 15 months she was drawing circles all over her papers. Her latest obsession on her papers is LOTS of hearts, but not on any of these examples, sorry.
(The most recent picture: A helicopter in the middle above trees and flowers, with a building on the left and of course the classic kid sunshine, her name finally starting to be spelled forward)
(Two frogs, a dragonfly and the classic sun...with her name written backwards on the top, I never really pointed this out to her, I knew she'd figure it out soon enough)
(Giraffe, I can't remember what all of the other animals are, oops, name still spelled backwards in these earlier drawings)
(A moose with nostrils, of course! and the classic sun, name with extra letters and most backwards still, maybe cause she's a lefty??)
Eli has shown us what an intelligent boy he is too and his teachers are
constantly telling us how smart he is. I could go on, but I'll save any more bragging for another day!!
What I've learned from all of this is that it doesn't matter if your child really is brilliant or not, as a parent you see every gift in your child as extraordinary. Parents cannot truly make unbiased judgments about their children. But that's our job! We're supposed to see nothing but pure potential in our children.
Beautiful girl, may you always know that in my eyes you are pure potential personified. A beautiful heart, mind and soul. (Photo by Lisa Buth at imagedevie.com)
Today is Eli's second birthday! We didn't do much today to celebrate, but will be having a small party this Sunday.
TWO YEARS OLD!!
Even more special about the day, is that 4 months ago we were in Nanning trying to get some sleep knowing that the following day we would be meeting our beautiful boy.
We are amazed every day at the ray of sunshine that is this sweet child. He is generally so happy-go-lucky and also a complete ham. He knows how to play a crowd and if he gets people to laugh he will embellish whatever he is doing all the more. Class clown, without a doubt! Much to my chagrin, his comedy routine usually consists of physical humor. I'm wondering if ever there will be a day when he doesn't make me panic over some stunt or trick. It hasn't happened since the day I met him and I imagine it won't get better with time!! For instance, just a few hours ago he flipped off a chair and got a bloody lip. Lucky for me I was still at work, but poor Daddy had to deal with today's daring feat.
Along with all of those pranks, however, is one of the sweetest, tender hearts I've ever met. This boy loves to hug and smooch. He loves to be close. He thrives on snuggles and tickles and wrestling around. He begs to hold hands now when he walks. He can't get enough when we holler "family hug". He hugs with gusto. He is a lover boy!!
I've said it again and again, but we have been blessed to be parents to the two most magnificent, beautiful and amazing children on the planet!
Happy Birthday, sweet son! May your days be filled with the same happiness that you bring to everyone you meet. (Here is Eli's photo from the photo shoot with Lisa Buth of Image De Vie. LOVE IT!)
I haven't written anything in weeks and I'm certainly hearing about it from aunties and grandmas!!
We've been down and out the last few weeks quite frankly! Eli has had a cold on and off, along with hand,foot and mouth disease, and fevers, fevers, fevers. He had a cold that seemed to linger for quite some time. Enough so that he needed a nebulizer and some prednisone to kick it. Finally he doesn't have a runny nose, but wouldn't you know that he had a fever of 103.5 last night? Darn it!! I was frantic and trying to cool him down, wondering and worrying if I should be loading up the gang for the ER.
In the end we didn't go, but the doctor is suspecting that he has a different version of hand, foot and mouth since he has blisters on the back of his throat. Lovely! More than one strain of the virus exists, in fact, I learned that there are many strains. I think two might be enough for one little boy, don't you? Please!!
Of course the guilt is rising since most of this can be attributed to the fact that he has been in daycare now, and we all know how germified daycare is. The doctor told me that being sick twice a month is about average for a kid in daycare and that a constant runny nose isn't unusual. Ugh. Hopefully that's not the case. He seemed SUPER healthy when we met him, so maybe his body is just adjusting to all of the new bugs. Since Em has felt a bit under the weather on and off too, I know that it's not just him.
We have had some fun in between kleenex overload and booger-fests...as these photos show. Come back soon, since Eli is turning TWO on Wednesday and I've got some great professional family photos to share! xoxo
running through a maze feeding goats with Nana pretending on the tractor Em's snuggle bunny radio flyers I'm almost two years old!