I can't believe it but yesterday was our 4 month anniversary for getting Ruthie. She has changed a lot over the last 4 months. For example, she is a lot more active, can speak English in 3 word sentences, and is using her hands more and more each day. She is also discovering her independence and how to express herself in a variety of ways.
One of the changes that has been most evident has been her response to animals. When we brought Ruthie home, we discovered that she was terrified of all animals- stuffed or real. She didn't sorta fuss when the came around, but instead screamed like they were going to attack her. About 2 months ago, we found a little lamb at Build a Bear that she liked and that was the first step to her acceptance of anything with fur. Well, last week she took to a stuffed animal back pack of Sam's and wore it around all day Thursday and Friday with a bear in the back. I think my formerly frightened little girl has discovered that stuffed animals are not only ok, but actually fun.
Too bad she doesn't feel that way about our dog yet.