Every day after breakfast, she asks me to get out her colouring book & the washable markers or crayons so she can scribble. She likes to colour in the eyes of the animals in the book & narrates what's happening in each picture as she's colouring. After a few minutes, she'll usually move on to decorating her fingertips with the caps of the markers & colouring on the backs & palms of her hands, or even her face. Thought it's generally a bit of a mess to clean up, I'm pretty thrilled that she shares my love of drawing & painting.
At our round of regular appointments with the Spinal Cord Clinic the pediatrician measured her height as 85.5cm & her weight at 14kg. She's actually gained about three kilos in the past year, but she's still slimming down into a kid shape from a chubby toddler. Also new since seeing the orthopedist: no more hip brace! Bronte's hips are still borderline in terms of the dysplasia, but we no longer have to fight her into the foam & velcro contraption every night. On everything else the specialists looked at, she's doing great.
Bronte still loves dogs more than almost anything & will spend as long as you let her patting them & playing with them. I'm very tempted to get a dog, but then I think about the additional work of daily walks, grooming, & dealing with yet another small creature's poop... I don't think we're quite ready yet.
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