To top it off, Kate had a great day too. She's becoming more effective with her head nodding and shaking her head no. It has opened up huge communication opportunities with everyone, not just us. Her world is expanding at an extremely fast rate and she's enjoying the ride! At story time tonight, we read a book called "That's not my snowman". At the end of the book, the reader finds their snowman because "his nose is so squashy". Kate put her hand on the snowman's nose and I said, yes that's the snowman's nose. She then reached up, grabbed my nose and laughed. I squealed with delight "yes that's Mommy's nose!" and then she repeated this FIVE TIMES - identifying the nose in the book and then my nose, even when I asked "where's Mommy's nose?". Kate demonstrated her knowledge. This is a HUGE deal and a very meaningful memory.
I tucked her in, gave her a big hug and told her I loved her. She reached her arm out to me, so I told her how proud I am of her and that I love her so, so much. She nodded her head in response. A truly wonderful moment. We don't take anything for granted!