Drew can touch, and as you can see, even ride on the the dogs now! Of course, she still screams blood curdling screams when you least expect it at the mere sight of one of the poor beasts....but when the mood is right, she tolerates them. Thank goodness, as the whole "are the dogs in? -Please grab the child with I feed the dogs. -Dogs, stop tearing up the door to get in" -thing was getting really old and very tiring. And the dogs were depressed from being banished. Whew...it is the day to day stuff that wears you out!
Drew can now say: "Hi", "Byebye", "Ni-ni" "Up" and as of today, "uh oh" and "mo" for more... And she makes noise all the time now, a far (very far) cry from the silent child we first met. Ron introduced her to the joys of belly razzberries, which she has taken to with glee. Eating is still her first activity of choice. Her meltdowns are far shorter (mostly) and far fewer, thank goodness. Her joy in the little things like sitting in the swing, feeling the rain come down, or hearing Kelly roar like a lion is wonderful to see, and surprising to hear the deep belly laugh that comes out of her..who would've guessed? Between she and the dogs, I'm not sure who's happier these days!