Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Maya's got something to tell you

We're just starting to toy with the iPad . . .certainly not following any sort of structured protocol, just introducing her to the concept of using the buttons to communicate and trying to get her excited and interested in it.  (A lot of modeling, asking her to point/tap, and hand over hand stuff.)

She's very interesting in expressing one thought . . . milk.  She loves milk, she wants milk, more milk.

She's a milkaholic. 

Here, she'll tell you herself:  (this was shot on the tripod while her waffle was in the toaster oven---that's the tickticktick sound.)

A few interesting things:

-Even though she doesn't talk, she's very communicative.  You can see her initially point towards the milk button (0:18) before giving in to my urging to push "waffle".   Then she signs "milk" with her right hand (0:26) as I'm re-setting the iPad.

-She's a giant ham.  Can you believe that after I started laughing she turned towards the tripod with a big grin?  She's totally going to be the class clown . . . I wonder where she gets that from. ( Dave )

In other news, tomorrow I'm going to tour another preschool . . . nervous.  I'm also taking pictures of every other toy she owns for the iPad, fiedling insurance calls, researching how to do an effective insurance appeal, attempting to schedule Parker's neuter, and doing some household overall stuff.  And my hair is falling out again (seriously, I've got new bald spots).    I guess everyone who's driven and slightly type A always feels like everything is urgent and there are a lot of balls in the air . . . that's definitely the case for me right now.

Oh, and take my poll (upper right hand corner).  I'm curious who's stopping by here.  I know that some of the categories overlap (you might know me from an online community and have a child with special needs, for example) but just pick one and vote.  It takes 2 seconds and it will make me happy :)


lisa said...

i love it!!! how cute!!!!

Bonnie@TheFragileXFiles said...

I am totally going to copy your poll, okay? Love that idea. And next week I'm blogging about Amsterdam International, I'll make sure to let you know~!

anne said...

Such a cute video - she is a total goofball like her father...You're incredible Dana, I don't know how you do so much.

Unknown said...

I love that Maya LOVES cows and also LOVES milk. I think shes onto something :)

grandma said...

she is amazing!!!! and love that smile :-) now if you only had a button for "brownies", i'd be pushing it non-stop too!

Anonymous said...

That is really amazing. It must feel so fantastic to have this whole new way of communicating.

Since the poll is limited to a multiple choice answer, I'm writing in to de-lurk and say that I have a little guy with some special needs, and I came to your blog after finding Amsterdam International. Welcome to Holland (and its autism counterpart,, have been making me cry for years, but Amsterdam International is the first piece that really hit the nail on the head for me. I think it was incredibly brave of you to write it, and I just love it -- I keep re-reading it, even though it's now been several years since I finally made it out of the airport. You really captured so much of how I felt about so much of it in the early days.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog. Your writing is fantastic, your kid is adorable, and you both seem like incredible parents. I sometimes get annoyed when people tell us how lucky our kid is to have us as parents and blah blah blah, but when I read through your blog, I realize that sometimes it really is true. You guys win. Thanks for sharing your posts with the Internets!

Andrea in CA

Dana said...

Andrea--thanks you the compliments, you made me blush :)