We just keep enjoying the flow of words coming out of Ruby. She adds new words weekly, and constantly becomes more and more intelligible to people outside of our house. Her latest words/phrases are:
- Whaaat?!? - This one is hilarious because, while it is not a new word for her, she will respond with this when someone says something she didn't expect. (As in, she uses it very appropriately! Last week I told her, "Ruby, we are going to pick up Maddux and Davis, and he's going to hang out at our house until soccer practice." She responded with "WHAAAT?" And the best, 'what' face ever!) I need to capture it on video, but she pulls it out at the best, most unexpected times and cracks us all up in the process.
- Counting to 10 - she will do it all of the time, on her own, in the backseat, when playing with toys...rarely does she make a mistake anymore.
- A - Apple - Ruby LOVES to find letters and then tell me what word they go with. Or tell me what letter a word starts with. A few weeks ago we were playing with legos and she put one skinny one perpendicular on top of another and said, "Look, Mommy. 'T' Ty-ler." And yesterday while we were discussing Eli's school opportunity to dress up as something relating to the first letter of his name, Maddux asked Ruby what she would dress up as. She promptly responded, "Ra-beet". Dang, she is a smart cookie!
Ruby is playing soccer on Sundays this spring to keep her gross motor skills in check. Her balance continues to improve, and she loves loves loves to run! We are also doing swim lessons once a week. Ruby loves the water and after a minimally rough start, she loves getting in the pool and working with "Miss Kelly". We will not be ready for swim team this year, but our hope is that she will join Eli and Maddux next summer.
At home we practice tracing letters a lot. Ruby's grip on pencils and crayons is improving, and sometimes she can write a few of her name letters without the guidance of tracing. Her coloring is becoming a little more refined also; she still can't stay in the lines, but now she attempts to stay closer to the part of the picture she is coloring. Her cutting is improving as well; at school she consistently cuts out shapes, even turning the corners by herself sometimes.