Princess is in Occupational Therapy and one of the things we are working with her is teaching her safety. Simple common sense things like- Look before you jump! For some reason she lacks the ability to pick up on things that would usually teach other children life experiences. I can't tell you how many times she's climbed on top of the kitchen table, fallen off and hurt her head/arm/leg etc on our tile floor. Yet, she STILL climbs up on top of the table at every chance she gets. (This is an older picture of her standing in the middle of the kitchen table after breakfast one day. Apparently, she wanted a few more bites and climbed right up to help herself)

Now, don't confuse this strange inability to learn common sense with her intelligence. She's one smart cookie!! You see, one of the other things the OT wants to teach her is her phone number. My first thoughts about this were..."She's barely 3, barely out of diapers lady and you want her to learn her phone number!? You're expecting way to much."

Well, apparently not so. After 2 weeks of casually mentioning her phone number here and there, (Literally in passing as we did other things. I just wanted to be able to tell the OT that we'd worked on it for our homework) the kid knows her phone number!!! I have no idea when she picked it up. I casually asked her while we were sitting at the Doctors office yesterday what her phone number was. I was just looking for something to talk about with her. I certainly wasn't expecting her to answer me! She nonchalantly spit the numbers out, in order, perfectly and ran off to play. I about fell out of my chair!!! Just to be sure, we called Daddy on the cell phone and I asked her to tell Daddy our phone number. Once again, she cited the number without so much as a blink.

Wow. I'm one proud mama!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Brenda said...

    My little guy sounds alot like your little princess when it comes to not watching for saftey in his acctions. He also has a hard time in social situations with other kids but is improving. He goes to OT once a week as well. He is really smart too. He is reading books and words all the time. He knows how to play computer games on the internet- PBS kids, and now how to use the remote control to find one of his kids shows recorded on our DVR.
    I think I am going to start teaching him phone number as well as maybe our address too. What a great idea!  

  2. M said...

    Yay Princess!!!!!!!!!  

  3. ~Momma Chaos said...

    Ugh! Our princess & prince are both the same way in regards to safety and learning things related to it.. I swear they could get hit by a car & run back into the street the next day! I always wondered if it was related to their drug exposure or something?!

    The phone thing- OMG wtg !! I'm with you, my princess is barely over 3 and I've never thought of teaching her our phone number.. I guess I should give it a try huh?! LOL!! Congrats :)  


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