As parents one of the most fascinating things to watch develop in our children is the ability to tell us what they are thinking. I can't exactly remember when this happened for Madison, but I do remember almost everyday Adam and I being blown away by the things that were coming out of her mouth. We would on an almost daily basis have one of those where is the world did she learn that moments. Well it makes me so excited to say that we are beginning this new and exciting stage with Angela.
It looks different and she is obviously older than your typical kid learning to communicate, but never the less the child that we have believed and trusted was a smart little girl is finally being able to show the world just that. Angela has learned how to nod her head yes and no! I look at Angela and I see a spunky three year old with so much to say and so many opinions to give but I also see a little girl locked inside her own body. Could it be that we are beginning to see the unlocking of her little body and mind -- I totally think so.
Yesterday we were at the nutritionist to discuss her ever present weight issues and her inability to take in enough food to help her grow. Angela was yelling and whining the entire visit. For those parents with kids with spastic CP you are all too familiar with the arch. The arch that holds so much power and tests the strength of even the strongest people -- it was one of those moments. I could tell she was frustrated. She was bored and did not want to be sitting in that office.
I got out her iPad and we began to go through the apps. One after the other. I would select an app that she did not want and she would vigorously shake her head no and scream at me. It then occurred to me what she wanted. My little delicate princess wanted her fart piano. Yes, you heard me correctly. The fart piano is a big deal in our house -- it provides hours of entertainment. Well, I just did not want to turn on the fart piano for the myself and the nutritionist to talk over. So the fight continued. I would select another app and Angela would tell me no over and over again.
Then I totally gave in.
For the rest of the appointment Angela sat happily making a million different fart sounds.
Sounds like a typical story of the struggle all so common in families with toddlers -- but that very statement makes me the happiest mommie around. Angela totally is a typical toddler, and the fact that we can even have these silly arguments over a fart piano brings a tear to my eye.
Besides telling us no to the iPad apps, she is also telling us she does not want to take a nap, she does not want to eat and she does not want to stretch her muscles.
Are you smiling? Totally frustrating and yet totally amazing.
Love her. Love that God would choose Adam and I to have such an amazing daughter who was destined to be ours and put aside for such a time as this. People wonder why we chose this life again.
This is exactly why we chose this life.