Amanda - posted on 09/06/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
McKenzee Ann Greer was born two months early on April 27, 2007 at 3lbs and 9oz. She had to stay in the NICU to learn how to suck on the bottle and gain weight, as she was healthy otherwise. McKenzee got to come home on May 14, 2007 at 3lbs 15oz and I was the happiest mother in the world! :)
McKenzee was normal other than her growth/weight for a long time. She sat up, crawled, and walked all around the average ages of full term babies, she was never behind like doctors say that premature babies are. She was one that's when she began speaking often and clearly and as she got older the more words she learned and the longer her sentences have become. She turned two in April and this is what she knows now:
- She speaks 6-8 word sentences and can have conversations with you as her vocabulary advances each day, but she struggles with answering questions. Like, "Why?" etc...
- She can say her ABCs and can recognize around 17 out of 26 letters of the alphabet, mostly on her own. She has learned recently several of them and learns more as the days progress. After recognizing letters, how soon do I expect her to learn their sounds?
- She can count to ten, sometimes up to fifteen, we really haven't worked on counting higher. She can't recognize numbers as well but on occasions she can recognize very few. She is very good at counting objects, she doesn't speed count "onetwothreefourfive..", she takes her time and counts the objects, one at a time. If she is doing so well at counting, can I expect her to do well in mathamatics? I ask because I am not good with math, at all, but my husband is extremely gifted in this area, as is my father.
- She knows these specific shapes, everytime: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, diamond, heart, and star. She really enjoys learning shapes, we learned these through her Winnie the Pooh learning cards so these are the only shapes we have on cards. If she enjoys learning about them do you think I should try showing her more or let her learn them on her on or when she sees a new shape and asks?
Those are pretty much the basics that she knows, educational wise. As she has memorized many nursery rhyme songs and sings those a lot, though.
Her struggles are colors (she only gets black, white, and brown right everytime) but I catch her every once in a while doing something like this,
Example One: "Mommy, I have blue socks on today." They were blue.
Example Two: "Mommy you have a new color on your bed." "What color is it?" "It's red, just like your red bag." Both were red.
Example Three: "Can I have a yellow crayon?" She hands me yellow.
Example Four: "Spongebob is yellow mommy..".
If she doesn't tell me colors and I ask, this is what I get.
Example One: "What color is the bathroom wall?" "Gweeeeeeen." She'll say this and look up at me with innocent eyes and a smile. If I say no then she says, "Pupppppullll."
She does this episode a lot. If it's not green, then it's purple. Even if I ask her to think about it... she doesn't want to answer or she wants to name off random colors until she gets the right one. I assume she knows them and she'll come around when she is ready, but how do I know if she really knows them or not? Should I be worried or should I just sit back and be patient?
She also struggles with the potty training. She knows what the potty is, she knows that big girls and boys wear panties and she knows that she has the potty to go peepee and poopoo. But she never seems to tell us when she has to. Do you think she's just not ready yet, body wise?
I think that's all I have for now. Thanks!