Anyway - last night! Samuel turned the page! I am so happy for him, but I can't lie, I so needed this. I think I thanked God about 100 times in the five minutes after it really happened :)
What is turning the page? We read lots of books with the kids, and after each page we say "turn the page" to indicate it's time for one of them to turn the page. Samuel and I started a new nighttime routine a few weeks ago, which includes his own story time in the rocking chair. Last night, when I said "turn the page," he stuck his hands out, fumbled with the page for a second, then deliberately turned it! And then, he continued to turn the page for the rest of the book. Joy! He even showed off and did it again today in front of other people just to prove I wasn't making it up :)
Why is turning the page such a big deal? This is the first instruction that Samuel has followed! He can do a few things, like copy a couple facial expressions, but this is totally different. He hears me! He gets me. He is learning from us. We might just be doing something right ;) I so needed this... and I am so happy for our baby boy. Go Samuel!
I actually have a ton of reading pictures I've been meaning to post... not sure why it hasn't happened yet... some of them date back to March, oops. George and Olivia both love books! They have since they were tiny things. They actually play at their bookshelf for hours... I have the taped-back-together books to prove it. They seem to get fixated on a few books at a time and read them to death. George can spend forever looking at each page, studying each page, and Olivia generally plows from one book to the next. Can't wait to see what Samuel does. We love our little readers!
I don't know Olivia, but I think it might be a goat...
Um, Olivia, I think you're getting a little ahead of yourself!
The craziest part about this photo - she got on the couch by herself!!!! That's a whole separate story, but wow are we in trouble!