We have now been home 4 months and Vera seems to be learning new things everyday! She is now a steady walker, for the most part. She also goes up and down stairs easily by herself. She can now say, Ki-Ki (for Kiara), I do, Elmo, Meow, Woof-Woof, nana (for banana), and maybe a few more. Even though she doesn't talk a lot, she will make herself heard! She doesn't like to be told no and will grunt as loud as possible when you tell her no or redirect her. She does not give in easily, which can wear me out at times. If I am consistent, she will learn, right???
I have taught her a tiny bit of sign language. She has been able to do the sign for "more" for awhile. During vacation, I taught her the sign for "please". The sign is rubbing one hand in a circle over your upper chest. Vera will take both hands and rub her belly. It is so cute, I will have to get a video of it! I think she now rubs herhands together when she is all done eating. I doubt that is the proper sign.
She loves to explore any cabinet or drawer she can find. I finally got smart and put rubber bands on the ones I could! She loves to be outside and especially loves the little house behind our swing set. She will scream as soon as you push her in a swing, but will go down the slide by herself.
She loves animals, but we think we discovered this past week in AZ that she is allergic to dogs! My sister has 2 and she loved them. She would let them lick her face. Then, her face got blotchy, red and swollen. She also got a rash all over her body, so I don't know to attribute that to the dogs or maybe the suntan lotion, dry air, heat, or what.
We can't imagine life without her. I will do an update on our trip to AZ soon!