The girls verbal skills are continuing to improve and I'm working on being a better verbal coach to them.
I'm working on trying to talk them through any temper tantrums to give them some words to what they're feeling. It's a slow process and I'm trusting that eventually they'll understand the emotions that pair with words like "mad" and "frustrated".
I'm also working on not just doing everything for them the realize I notice they want something, but rather I'm trying to make them ask. Instead of just going into the kitchen and getting their water cups shortly after breakfast, I'm now asking if they want it, I ask them to ask me for it, and then go get it. I think the way I anticipate their needs and desires is hindering their speech development. Why would they ask for water if they have it in their hands 2 minutes before they notice they want it?
As such, they are eating a LOT of bananas. They know that word, they enjoy saying that word, and now they are being rewarded by always getting one if they come and ask me for one. They're now getting the connection that they can use a word as a request rather than simply to identify something they already have. And after a week of being sick, bananas are easy on the stomach, so we're going through a ton of them.
We also had a big milestone moment this week. It's one that most families probably did more than a year ago, but with K's crazy retail schedule and me usually feeding everyone at different times to accommodate that schedule, we don't eat dinner together very often. When we do, the girls have been at their high chair table while K and I eat at the dining room table. This is actually new for us, we usually just eat dinner on the couch in front of the TV after the girls go to bed. But this week, we set up booster chairs at the dining room table and ate together like an actual family!
In other news, Middie Biddie knows her numbers really well. Today while Teeny Tiny was taking a nap and Middie Biddie insisted on staying up, I tested this. I got out a clock puzzle and started asking her for numbers out of order and asking her to identify numbers randomly. I knew she could count, but yes, she can identify numbers even out of sequence!
She's also very good at identifying shapes with a particular fondness for triangles.
Teeny Tiny's claim to fame is her expert identification of colors and body parts. She can mix up 4 colors of brand new playdoh into one giant marbled mush that shall never be 4 colors again, and she also plays a mean flute! Ok, it's a ruler that she holds to her mouth and hums, but I say it counts! They're geniuses I tell you, GENIUSES!