N has learned to clap this week- it's the most darling thing I've ever seen. She gets the urge and goes for it- clapping like crazy. She gave claps to Dada for playing her toy piano with his feet, and I got a round of applause for putting on my bra in the morning. Indiscriminate clapping now fills my days- it's joyous. I also think it will encourage her to walk as she often wants to clap while standing- obviously- so she needs to be able to stand unassisted.
It makes me realize how important all these seemingly small skills are- and how interconnected as well. Learning to touch your hands together opens so many doors of communication- suddenly you can hi- five people and wave bye-bye, she also seemed to understand that people were complimenting her on her new bib last night- every time they said how nice it was she would pull at it and smile- it's like a puzzle piece has been put into place and now she can put together all these little skills she's been storing up. It's amazing to watch.