As of this last Saturday, Ellie is beginning to understand not only that she has hands, but that she controls them! Before we've had lots of hand-watching, and she has been a grabber when something is within reach since she was only a couple of weeks old, but Saturday those little hands found purpose.
It was so fun to see her study the elephant rattle on her playmat and then reach out with purpose! She played with that same toy for a good 15 minutes or more. It may have been like watching someone with Parkinsons, and I would have been frustrated in her situation, but she stuck with it. Today after church we got a few pictures of her playing with another toy on her playmat. This one works even better with the multiple flat surfaces for her to grab.
If you look closely in the close-up picture, you can also see another new development. (Or maybe you'll just have to take my word for it...) Today she rolled over onto her side a few times from her back. Rolling all the way over can't be too terribly far behind. Hooray for someday having a rolling machine to chase after around the floor.
We're so proud and excited each time we can see Ellie figure out something new.