Monday, January 24, 2011

Which Hand? (Updated)

You may notice first that I have finally begun to mark my photos with my blog address.  In addition to adding one teeny tiny little layer of defense against photo theft, I think it gives the appearance of credibility and snobbishness, don't you think?  Hehe, I'm not snobby, but I can pretend my photos are.  :-)  My next step in the blog-change department is to change from the current template to some new one that will give me a way to post the photos so they can be larger, without cutting them off.  Uh, as soon as I can remember how to do it...  It'll have to be a different background, however, or none at all.  I'm kind of sad, though, because I have really loved this background.  I remember the "eureka" moment when I found it - it just spoke to me of barefoot children in summertime, flowers, and wild beauty, all things that Samantha embodies.  Coincidentally, the template is called, "Sun Dress." 

Now on to some discussion of writing.  I love this photo below.  I hadn't been paying attention to what she was drawing, when she said "A!"  A few moments later, she said, "E!"  Looking over, I was thrilled to see such beautifully-crafted letters on her paper, and managed to grab my camera in time to capture the moment before she completely defaced the page.  I then asked her to draw an "S," and she drew the circle above the A.  She knows full-well what an S looks like, but just can't quite figure out how to draw it yet.  I guess it's kind of a hard one, since it's got so many curvy lines.
 
Her next, much more successful attempt at an S is below, on its side, next to the A. 

The photo below bothers me a bit.  She's still using her left hand for things, inconsistently.  Her daddy is ambidextrous, so perhaps I should be somewhat happy that she is so flexible.  But sometimes it almost seems as if she has not yet chosen a "hand."  For those of you with older children (both with and without Ds), at what point did your child designate "handed-ness?"  She can even kick a soccer ball with both feet, again, just like her daddy.

Working diligently...

Being silly and oh-so-unbearably-cute...

UPDATE:  I have been playing around with some adjustments, and have settled on a new format for the blog.  Still in the process of fine-tuning it, but I'll play around a bit over the next few days.  :-)

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh....that last photo just melts my heart!!

tekeal said...

great pics and great letter writing!! livia still uses both hands quite interchangeably, still with an emphasis on the left hand. you seem concerned- is there reason to be? xx

Carol N. said...

I love this post, Becca! You have beautifully captured Sammi's experience with printing :o)

Love to Sammi!

Zoey's mom said...

I too love the last photo!And the printing,wow... so impressed!

The Holt's said...

I love these pictures!! My youngest son is 5 and he is left handed. He had always favored that hand from the beginning so we just went with it. He is in Pre-K now so we are having to learn how to teach a left handed child the proper way to write.

Lacey said...

Oh that lip is so stinking cute! You should just be able to widen your page. Although I can't remember how to do that anymore either. Something with changing the "outer wrapper". Heather from Seal bark posted how to do it a while ago.

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

Love Love Love the pix!! Sammi is rockin the writing!! smiles

Rochelle said...

She is fabulously beautiful, love the last pic.

Becca said...

Thanks, everyone! Btw, don't get me wrong - there's nothing actually wrong with being a lefty...I think I've just had it in my head from the time that she was born that I didn't want her to have to struggle with yet another thing if she was a lefty, since she was going to have a hard enough time writing, cutting, etc. in general. Hope I haven't offended anyone! :-)

RobMonroe said...

Abby is younger, but still flips back and forth. She clearly favors her left, which is funny since Anny and I are both righties. D'oh!

LOVE that last one! (they are all cute, of course)

heidi marie said...

such beautiful photos!!! i hate that there are weirdos in this world that steal pics. i, myself, am having to go private...which i hate. but better safe than sorry i suppose.

Cathleen said...

Lilly can do things easily with both hands (and feet) as well - kicking soccer balls, cutting with scissors, mixing with a spoon, etc. She's always preferred her left a little more since she was a baby (we didn't know if it was better muscle tone on that side or early handed-ness) but she's surprisingly been really good with the right too. However with actual writing she definitely prefers the left hand so I guess that's what we're thinking she "officially" is. Jon and I aren't left handed but his twin brother is, and a few of Lilly's cousins are. Jon says left handed people are smarter (not sure where he got that information? esp since neither of us are?!) but I'll take his assumption because Lilly is brilliant of course, and so is Sammi. :)

Nathan'smama said...

Beautiful letters! So awesome!
Well, Nathan's younger, not older, but still has not chosen a hand. I think he uses a spoon more often with the right, but he still uses both.

Sharon said...

Becca, I love your pictures. Samantha is doing awesomely with her writing. My daughter (almost 6 years old with Ds) uses both hands too. We encouraged her to use her right hand because she didn't favour either at all. If she had favoured her left most often we would have encouraged left. The theory was that if she didn't practise enough with just one hand it could make it more difficult to use a pencil, scissors etc. But Samantha is obviously doing great, I don't think you need to worry.

Anonymous said...

If you google left handedness, it is often a trait of twins (where one will be a lefty, one a righty) so often times ppl born as a lefty are assumed to have possibly been at twin VERY early in utero, even before pregnancy was detected.

Leftys utilize a different part of their brain, which is where the assumption of being smarter comes from. I think lefty's tend to be more artistic and visual and creative. Our POTUS is a lefty, as was witnessed very strongly last night after the SOTU address and ppl were requesting autographs. So be encouraged that it wont be a struggle if she is a lefty, it would be more of a struggle trying to force a lefty to be a righty!! Which is what they used to back in the day.

and if she is ambidextrous than isn't that even better!!! I think that means she uses more parts of her brain than us one sided people do.


In the pics it looks like she prefers her right a bit? or at least writing is done easier or "properly" with her right hand, even if she is comfortable with both.

I wouldn't stress it or worry. not in the least. our bodies know what they are doing.

Becca said...

Anon #2 - that's VERY interesting about the twin thing!

You're right, though - Samantha, while she definitely can interchange with both, definitely favors and is stronger with her right. Sometimes I worry that it's because we've pushed her to use her right a bit more, but because she's actually *better* at the right, I'm assuming she's a righty. It'll be fun to see if she retains both as she grows up, though!

Melissa M said...

I love the last photo too! And her printing is awesome!

The twin thing is interesting too...

Michelle said...

oh she is doing great writing her letters! WTG Sammi!

Kayla is mostly left-handed, but I don't remember when that became noticeable.

Both Joe and I are left-handed, although he moreso than I am. I guess I am more ambidextrous, although I consider myself a lefty since I write and eat with my left hand. Joe bowls, throws, bats, golfs, etc w/his left, but I do all of that with my right. Kayla seems to be following me in that respect.