Monday, July 26, 2010

Adding to the list of amazing-ness...


As you may recall, in the past month Avery has made a lot of progress in her physical independence. I would like to add to the list of Avery's amazing achievements! I have already told you that she has mastered getting off the toilet and has become quite proficient at climbing in and out of the bath, as well as general improvements in her desire to be independent, with a lot more independent pulling up to stand and walking up and down the stairs, etc. Here are some more of the exciting things we have seen, including a brand new one this past weekend!
  • In the past month she has suddenly been able to ride her tricycle totally independently! No braces, no foot straps to keep her feet on the peddles, just a regular pair of shoes and determination!
  • Avery now has the ability to take all of her clothes off by herself! Shoes (most of the time), socks, pants, underwear, shirt....everything! That is big news! This is a big improvement for a girl who until recently could only sometimes take off her socks independently, and only after a lot of whining and complaining!
  • She can also now put on t-shirts, underwear and pants all by herself, and even socks sometimes!
  • This past Friday, Avery needed to go to the bathroom, so I went upstairs with her and when we got there she said "Mommy, I'm going to show you how I can get on the potty all by myself." She then proceeded to do just that! She held onto the wall bar, stood up, pulled down her shorts and underwear, turned around, did a little jump up backwards and scooted backwards onto her potty seat! And she has repeated this several times since then! We're very excited :)

11 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow! Those are HUGE achievments! Congrats Avery!!!

Kristen said...

There's been a lot of fun felt at the Anderson house!! Good job Avery!! You are amazing!

Sarah said...

How fantastic! Definatelly huge achievements.

Michelle said...

Oh wow!! What incredible progress Avery has made. This is just so wonderful to read. I'm just giggling for you!

Hannon! said...

WOW! That's awesome! I love that she tells you how she is going to do something all by herself - she must be as equally proud of herself as we all are of her!!! WAY TO GO!

Evey F said...

Well done Avery, you are such a clever girl.
You remind me of Heber J Grant one of our prophets who had to work hard at every thing he wanted to do.
He couldn't sing so he practiced for months until he could sing.
He couldn't throw a baseball and the other children called him a sissy. For months he threw his baseball against a barn and his bishop thought he was a lazy boy but it was because he wanted to join the baseball team and he threw his ball until his arm hurt when he went to bed. Eventually he was so good he was in the team and they won lots of competitions.
He couldn't write very well either and people said his writing looked like a chicken had stood in ink and run over the paper, so guess what? Yes he practiced and practiced until he had beautiful hand writing.

Tony F said...

We have an example of his penmanship somewhere in our "library."

Valerie B said...

Avery, precious girl, so many people are so very proud of you. People you don't even know are thrilled when I tell them of your progress, and what a lot I have to tell them this week. Alison ("|You're such a funny girl,") is coming this evening, she always has a little weep when we talk about you because she misses you so much. I am so amazed with all you're doing and I so appreciate Aunty Evey's comparison with Heber J Grant - it is so inspiring. (PS the sock success is truly amazing, it is only when you see someone without movement in their feet trying to achieve this that you realise that it is a massive task.)

Marie G said...

Avery is going to be able to achieve great things, especially as she is following Heber J Grant. He was a wonderful man and succeeded in everything he attempted even though it took ages. We too miss you all and send our love and hugs and kisses.

Eveymartine said...

Avery is amazing. I am so impressed with all she has achieved and especially with her renewed desire to be independent - it's the desire that will do it!

I love this picture - I can begin to see what she will look like when she is grown-up and she is so beautiful. I am at work and about to start crying because I miss her and love her and am soooo proud of her! So I had better go ;-) x

Tony F said...

This is just terrific news. You are a really clever and determined young lady. Well done to you all.

It must be such a wonderful feeling for you to have this increasing independence. It's one of the main reasons we came here, to subdue our bodies and their natural tendency to take the easy way out.