This photo may not seem significant, but there are TWO wonderful things that it represents! Well... four I suppose. The first two would be the sweet brother and sister in the photo as they finish up their lunches :)
Notice what Emma's drinking from? It has a HARD SPOUT! YAY! Emma has been drinking from a straw for a little while now, but only disposable, small, bendy straws like the ones in juice boxes or those you buy in packs of 100+ at the grocery store (the thinnest ones you can get). We've tried to get her to drink a McDonald's straw or one like that, and if they're thin enough, she sometimes gets the idea that she can drink from them without the 'bend' in them. I've been trying to find any kind of reusable container that seals that I can send her drinks to school in. She can't seem to get a hang of the ones with valves, but after I squeezed this one up a time of two... She did it!
See that gorgeous smile and twinkle in her eyes in the photo above? That's the second significant thing about today's accomplishment. Of course I jumped up and down and clapped and praised her when she started to drink from this container (um... ok, minus the jumping part! lol) BUT THIS... this SMILE and JOY that she's showing from the praise... It is true and absolute UNDERSTANDING that she has done something good! And she kept on drinking!
To have a child that responds to you in very slight ways and sometimes a bit randomly... to have that child hear you praise her and SMILE and KEEP GOING is such a great feeling!!
Not a fluke either, because when that juice was empty, she smiled again for the praise I gave her. What a sweet girl.
And just in time for school!