September brings with it a new school year, schedules and a return to routine. For us, it's also the month that Sarah has her 6 month follow up with her pediatrician. The good news is that Sarah grew an inch since the last time we were in. I can tell because her pants are all seemingly too short for her now. The not so good news is that she hasn't gained any weight. That means at 42 pounds, she is in about the first percentile and has (for now) fallen off her curve. She's still in the 3rd percentile for her height but her doctor says she's too skinny. For now, she needs to be eating pretty much anything we can get into her and we go for another weight check in December.
On another positive note, we did start school again and we began with a pre-printing workbook. She's able to follow the lines of a few letters and match them up with the alphabet pictures we have on the wall. They still have no value to her but she enjoys her school time with me. She will last between 5 and 7 minutes at the table and then wearily says, "I'm so tired, can I be done now?" She still does most of her learning through toys, blocks, her dolls & stuffed animals and sensory bins that I make up for her. Her iPad also has quite a few educational type apps where she traces letters and shapes while the app identifies them for her. I've noticed too, that she's starting to remember the words of stories and will fill in some words and sentences for me. She loves to pretend with us, tell goofy knock knock jokes and cuddle. One of her favorite games is to play that she's taken my nose (or anyone else's) and throws it away. She is keenly aware of my emotions and anytime I am anything other than happy, she is quite concerned and makes it her goal to cheer me up. Her impish little grin is irresistible and more often than not she makes me smile.