Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Round of applause



Hope has a new hobby. After months of encouragement -- some quite silly -- that involved exaggerated jumping up and down, shimmying and shaking in front of her, and so many "pat-a-cake" games that the baker man has filed a union grievance, Hope is finally clapping.

We come up to her, wiggle about and clap like we've seen a monkey solve a Rubik's Cube. She puts her hands together, ever so hesitantly, in delight. And we squeal like the aforementioned monkeys.

It's been a gradual evolution. For a while, Hope would simply clasp her hands like a contemplative Nelson Mandela. She liked it so much she would sleep with her hands together, evoking those corny but be-still-my-heart illustrations of praying kids that are in dens of grandmothers everywhere.

Then, for what seemed like months, Hope would slowly bring her hands together, discover something off in the distance and forget what she was doing. Then, at long last, she finally put it all together and is clapping like she was in the Catskills.

Mo is pleased as punch. So am I. So put your hands together for the girl who's finally putting her hands together.

10 comments:

beth said...

Yay! How about a video?!

Anonymous said...

Trying to get around to it, Bobie. I just switched computers and have some software issues at the moment.

Joel

The Watczaks said...

yea! she is SOO cute with that little bow and her red hair!

Congrats, Hope!

heidi @ ggip said...

That's great! So happy to hear the good news!

Rachelle said...

Good job Hope!

~Rachel said...

What fun news. Hooray for Hope!

The Hall said...

Such exciting milestone! Hey, if you guys ever have the urge to head out to the Finger Lakes again, drop us a line. We'd love to give you the 5-cent tour.

Misty said...

ok, where's the video??? LOL! that pic is so cute and that shade of blue is definitely her color! what a doll! congrats on the clapping!! i cannot wait to see it!

maureen,
mason is becoming a pro at the exersaucer! he can turn now (not as fast as hope can lol) and he seems to be getting better with the core strength. he can sit for longer periods of time on his own, but still over corrects. i think that the exersaucer has done him a lot of good! thank you for suggesting it! :)

Deni aka Mrs Chicken said...

Hooray for Hope! She is such a little cutey!!

Sandi said...

A big round of applause for Hope!!! Can't wait to see the "clapping" video debut :-)