3/52: Focus

>> Friday, January 23, 2015

I’ve had a lot of proud mama moments in the last week or so.

The first was during Ada’s 3-year-old physical. For the first time, she went through an entire appointment with her pediatrician without crying + screaming. When she was a baby and young toddler, I always had to bring an iPad, snacks, and other distractions to the ped’s and surgeon’s office because Ada had experienced so many difficult medical procedures, blood, draws, etc., it was a majorly traumatic experience for her to simply hear the word doctor.

This time around, she confidently strutted up to the scale, backed up to the little height chart, and slipped into her gown, all while laughing and smiling. We found out that our prediction was true -- Ada is tall for her age. Over 39 inches and 86th percentile, which puzzles us because we’re both of somewhat average height (I’m around 5’7” and Stephen’s around 6 feet). Anyway, her doctor was marveling at how we could all chat together for the first time in, well, ever. I don’t know if any of you who followed the blog early on remember the big deal when we switched pediatricians after Ada’s first appointment. It was terribly awkward, but ended up being one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

The second proud moment was when I asked one of Ada’s preschool teachers how she is doing in school. I had some hesitation sending her to the 3-year-old program this year since her birthday falls only fourteen days before the school cutoff (December 1st). Ada is the youngest in her class by quite a bit, and I watched her lag behind in a few ways in the early months. Mostly with paying attention and listening to directions. Still, she was eager to go to school and socialize. Some of her classmates have been celebrating their fourth birthdays, so I guess now I see why there was such a difference early on. They’re all a lot older!

So, I asked Ada's teacher about her progress throughout the year, and she went on to tell me how Ada’s focus has improved tremendously. I can see this as well with how she plays at home. Of course she’s all imaginative and active and silly. But there are definite moments now where she will play with such purpose and direction. It’s really interesting to watch her grow and develop in this way. Like we’re seeing the beginnings of the sort of thinker she’ll be. How she’ll learn best and all that good stuff.

Age three has its unique challenges. But I like this stage a lot.

Happy Friday!

PS: For those of you who are interested, those little wooden guys Ada is playing with are called Bill Dings. They’re pretty cool, and Stephen’s parents bought them as a birthday gift because he used to play with them when he was a kid!

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