Today Mikey asked for the sketcher and signed “man”. Normally that means he’d like me to draw a face so I did (and so did Dan).

But then…

I was whispering “ohmygosh. Wow. A circle. A face!!”

And he continued…

Aaaaand, he did it over and again!!!

I honestly can’t get over how many incredible feats of developmental awesomeness this one picture involved:

  • Signing clearly.
  • Understanding that a symbol (the picture) represents something real (a man).
  • Thinking about various features of a face and including them – check out the EARS!
  • Saying “hair”.
  • Using a tool to make a mark.
  • Translating what was in his mind to something so recognisable.

Truthfully, this is one of the most magnificent things I have ever seen. I am so proud of him. So in awe of his determination and his ability to surprise me just when I think he’s slowed right down!

Today, Mikey is my hero.

The sketcher from the Early Learning Centre was a gift from Mikey’s birth parents a few years ago. It’s one of the very best toys we’ve got. I highly recommend it for durability and useability. When it breaks we’ll get another one immediately.



  1. Gareth Fairey on Monday 23, 2012

    Wow – that’s brilliant!
    Good skills from Mikey – no wonder you’re particularly proud of him today!

  2. Tanya on Monday 23, 2012

    Wow! Cheering you both on…!

  3. Joy Cavanagh on Monday 23, 2012

    What a fantastice day you’ve had :D

  4. Belinda Norrington on Monday 23, 2012

    Happy happy day! xxx

  5. Caroline on Monday 23, 2012

    I love this!! Go Mikey :)

  6. verity on Monday 23, 2012

    What a VERY special moment thank you for sharing it with us xx

  7. T on Monday 23, 2012

    Yeahhh!! Go Mikey!! ..Good Job Mikey :)

  8. alibee on Monday 23, 2012

    yay mikey! so awesome!

  9. Rachel Woolley on Monday 23, 2012

    I have just read this blog and leaped for joy! Well done Mikey, what a huge step!!

  10. Petrina on Monday 23, 2012

    Woohoo! Go Mikey!