Another quiet, mostly indoor, weekend in the Land of Noa. While Noa seemed to be fine with staying in (as long we promised to keep checking the weather in case it suddenly got warm), she did make use of the occasion of being indoors to make several specific and interesting requests.
During breakfast (which Noa insisted was breakfast, not to be confused with brunch or lunch, which would be followed by chocolate ice cream that she clearly wanted to save for a later lunch-dinner meal), Noa requested that after breakfast Mommy should put snaps on Electra Monkey's feet. Noa sorted coins while Mommy sewed on the snaps.
Noa tested out the snaps by having leaning down from her chair and making Electra Monkey tap dance so she could hear the clicking on the floor.
She, again, wanted to where her pink hat and scrunchie scarf pretty much all the time (except when showering).
All in all, letting Noa call the shots this weekend turned out to be a pretty good thing, and it helped us to get over the hump of not being able to do some of the outdoor activities that tend to dominate her focus when she is home.
Noa enjoyed carrying Mommy Monkey over her shoulder everywhere and insisted on wearing her pink knit cap (which she'd worn to bed - with her hair scarf still peeking out) ALL WEEKEND! She only let me take if off her once, Sunday morning, to brush her hair and put the scarf back in her hair.
While it was a bit out of the ordinary for a Noa weekend, the rainy weather seemed to have a similar sluggish affect on all of us so, so we just decided to roll with it.
Back in March, we lost Noa's beloved Blue Green Yellow Doggie. Doggie was one of Noa's first toys - she was only about a month old when Doggie came into our lives and for 14 years, they were inseparable. We lived in terror of the day that Doggie would disappear. That is happened at the start of the pandemic only made it even more challenging... and mysterious!
We knew Doggie had to be in the house. We hadn't gone further then our own back porch for over a week. We looked everywhere. We moved furniture. Looked in every pocket (so we thought.) Eventually, I convinced Noa to embrace a lessor "Doggie" we called "Greentail Doggie" (whose tail was green thanks to a permanent marker.)
On January 1st, just as Noa was getting ready for bed, I put on a hoodie that apparently I hadn't touched since March. The pocket felt heavy. I reached in, than there he was. I filmed the happy reunion and created this video to commemorate this amazing moment.
After the initial reunion, Noa and doggie shared some kisses with Mommy.
So much to share! Noa had a great holiday break. She was very communicative. She did well when the schedule had to change due to weather, or Mom & Dad's work schedule, and at times would suggest changes to the schedule that made it more palatable for her. For example, she decided that she liked to walk on the Treadmill Mill before breakfast, which turned out to be a great idea that became a regular part of our Winter Break schedule.
This was the first year that Noa seemed to genuinely look forward to the prospect of opening gifts. Because it was just the three of us, we were able to open gifts at Noa's pace which was great. We brailled tags for all the gifts and Noa did a great job reading tags and giving gifts to the appropriate person.
Below: Noa opens a present from Manny, a boy who lives a few doors down.
The Talking Hamster isn't new, but Noa spent quite a while with it one day experimenting with the different ways she could make it respond. This video is a bit on the long side, but I thought it was pretty interesting to watch her try to figure out what make this toy tick.
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