I Love You, Daddy

1 Jul 2009

Nadia has been able to say, “love you,” for well over a year now. Of course, it’s always a great feeling when she tells you that she loves you, even though it’s usually said in return. Last night, when they arrived at home, I could hear Nadia on the other side of the door calling, “Daddy? Daddy?”. I opened the door and Nadia walked in. She smiled and reached up to hug me. I lifted her up for a hug and she said, “I love you,” as she threw her arms round my neck. No prompting, no suggestions; just a daughter wanting her Daddy to know how she feels.

I’m still smiling.

Sweet Kisses

24 Apr 2008

For the past two evenings, Nadia has laid on my shoulder while rocking just before placing her in her bed for the night. I asked her for a kiss and she has obliged by sitting up, looking right at me, then beding down to place her lips right on mine.

Her mother, however, is a little frustrated (not really) that she isn’t getting kisses from Nadia when asking for them. Six weeks ago, when Nadia first started kissing us on the lips regularly and of her own volition, it was Mom who would get the kisses and Dad who was left, “out in the cold.”

Another reason this is particularly nice, is that Nadia has been sick for the past few days. This is partly because about 5 teeth decided to push in all together, of which, I think 3 are molars. Today was about the worst it’s been for her, too. However, she is still so very sweet and understands that going to bed is a good thing for her. She has points to her bed to let us know she is ready. We still have to rock her completely to sleep for naps, but at night, she willingly falls asleep on her own.

Nadia, Pooh & Piglet

24 Jan 2008

This afternoon, I spent about 30 minutes playing with Nadia in her room. At one point, I had her favorite nap-time blanket laid out. She could see the “patch” in the corner of it that has a small picture of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet on it. She was fingering it, so I said, “This is Winnie the Pooh and this is Piglet,” several times while pointing to them myself. Within a few seconds she pointed at Piglet, so I said, “That’s Piglet. Can you point to Winnie the Pooh.” She immediately did so, then looked up at me with a big smile while still holding her finger on Pooh.

About ten minutes later, I was recounting this story to Charlotte, who had since entered the room. When Nadia hear me say, “Winnie the Pooh and Piglet,” she looked up, came straight over and pointed to Piglet, then when I asked her if she could point to Pooh, she did. Charlotte was quite impressed.

Nadia Drops a Hint

23 Jan 2008

Tonight, Nadia and I had “sent” Charlotte off to the Temple and the grocery store, so we were the only ones at home. We mostly played together and only watched TV for about an hour; two VeggieTales DVDs.

During the shows, I paused the DVD player and went into the kitchen. Nadia followed and poked around the kitchen for a couple of minutes before leaving for the living room. A moment later, she returned with the remote control for the DVD player, which she held up to me. After I accepted it, she lead as I went back into the living room where I un-paused the show for her. A song started about 5 seconds later and she was dancing happily as I returned to the kitchen to finish what I had been doing.

Subtle, isn’t she?

The remote control was in a place where she would of had to climb up on the couch, then back down to retrieve and deliver it. So it was no small feat for her. She had climbed up and tried to get down from the couch a few times earlier today, falling a couple of times (I caught her, she never got hurt, though she did scare herself). I had “helped” her to turn backwards and scoot her legs over the edge first to learn to safely descend from the couch, which she started doing on her own during the evening when we were alone.

When I told Charlotte this story after Nadia was in bed for the night, she couldn’t stop smiling. It’s amazing how many things she’s putting together so quickly. We have one very smart little girl, here.

Nadia’s First Pretend

20 Jan 2008

Today, Nadia went into the kitchen, opened her drawer and pulled out a plastic cup and a plastic spoon. Then, she walked back to me into the living room, holding the cup under her left arm with the spoon in her right hand. She was stirring the imaginary contents of the cup with the spoon. When she found me, she walked right over, smiled up at me and offered a taste of whatever it was she was making.

Charlotte was in the kitchen preparing a meal at the time. I suppose that Nadia decided she wanted to cook, too. This is the first time that either Charlotte or I know of Nadia pretending.

Nadia is just so much fun.