This kind of play is actually a big step for Isabelle. It wasn’t too long ago that she refused to touch anyting wet, sticky or slimy. When she was evaluated by an occupational therapist upon her homecoming, the OT said that Isabelle had some sensory issues involving things she refused to touch or eat. She explained that normally, a child would spend a lot of time exploring on their stomachs as infants. During this important phase, babies touch many different surfaces and also explore things with their mouths. Since Isabelle was probably on her back in her crib during these months, she was essentially deprived. So many things upset her, even the little stuffed animal we brought to China for her. She couldn’t stand to even look at it and if it touched her she gagged. She would even gag just touching a banana. These issues have all but disappeared. She loves bananas, pasta, all things squishy. Just another sign that our little girl is making up for what she lacked in her early months.