When the weather is horrid i.e. the playground equipment would cause 2nd degree burns on Ellie's little legs or there is some freak incident of water falling from the sky (my non-Austinite friends have informed me that this phenomenon is called 'rain'), we head on over to the Chick-Fil-A with the really fancy indoor playscape that The Bear is able to navigate.
|Ellie signing "hat". She wants me to put a |
This afternoon, it was evident that the Bear was in need of some quality climbing time. She was in a full blown motor sensory seek mode in that Ellie gymnastics were being attempted on all forms of our household furniture. Grasping on my last straws of mama sanity, I said "Ellie, do you want to go to Chick-Fil-A" not really expecting any response other than "no" complete with an exaggerated head shake, because in toddlerhood, everything is an emphatic No! Imagine my surprise when Ellie exclaims "Ya" and signs 'play'. For all of my preaching about having high expectations and not setting limits, I clearly underestimated my girl. Clearly, Ellie Bear knows exactly what a trip to Chick-Fil-A is all about.
|Ellie's face after I put the rock on my head. Apparently it wasn't as funny as she hoped.|
As we arrive at Eat Mor Chikin, Ellie patiently waits as I purchase my Diet Dr. Pepper. Okay, well on a toddler scale, Ellie was extremely patient. She then sashays over to the playground door, sits down, takes off her shoes and hands them to me. Every patron is the eatery is smiling at her. Ellie then touches the door and signs "help please". Smart and polite little Turkey Bear!
My littler girl never ceases to amaze me. She understands so much more than what I give her credit for and I really need to remedy that. Just because my Ellie is mostly nonverbal, it does not mean she doesn't comprehend what is being said to her. Just because she is nonverbal, does not mean she cannot communicate. Ellie understands so much and she is learning to express herself using the tools that can access--her signs and her actions.
Darling Ellie, you are a super smart, bright girl who is continually learning and striving hard to reach your full potential. I will no longer underestimate you, but instead I will celebrate all that you are and all that you will be. I will always be your biggest advocate. Your biggest cheerleader. Forever, I will love you. -Mama