Even though low on patience while finishing up the bedtime
I filled up Eli's tub; the older two were playing; everything was on track....until the older kids decided that they were DONE and were going to climb out of the tub by themselves thank you very much. I hadn't even bathed the manky infant smell off the smallest of them yet, so I tried to appeal to their competitive side.
I sprayed both of their chests with shaving cream and enthusiastically said "It's a race!!!! Let's see who can spread the shaving cream all of their bodies first!!!! YAYAYAYAY!!!" Sometimes the "YAYAYAY" will get the most bored of toddlers skipping along. Sometimes not.
They both stared at me as though my second head just sprouted a third nose.
Ignoring them, I enthusiastically held both arms up into the arm and dramatically shouted "REEEEAAAADDDDYYYY SSSSEEEETTTT.......GO!" while lowering one arm down as if holding a flag.
They continued to stare. Addison was the first to react. She got a strange glint in her eye, raised both arms over her head, lowered one dramatically as if holding a flag, and shouted "GO!" before dissolving into giggles.
Her "Go" was clearer than my "Go".
Interesting fact: we haven't taught her the word "go". It was never written on her word card sent home from school, and never once has her speech therapist mentioned working on this word with her.
For the longest time, we slaved over one word at a time. Weeks turning into months turing into years- we worked and worked and worked on a handful of words. I was discouraged at her lack of progress. Maybe she would be mostly nonverbal? Should we go back to full time sign language?
And suddenly over the last few weeks? Her vocabulary is exploding. Every day she's repeating new words that she's only heard us say in conversation- NOT worked on in a therapy setting. She's putting two words sometimes three together, she's placing ownership over things with a loud "MINE!" or "MY CARD". She's asking very clearly for what she wants- drink-wise, food-wise, activity-wise.
This morning while changing Eli's diaper, I heard Addison and Carter talking behind me
"Baby. Baby. Daddy? sdlkfnslfnlsd Daddy? Daddy? Daddy?" (Addison)
"No. Daddy is at work. In truck. Work. Daddy." Replied Carter
"Cereal? Cereal? Cereal? My Cereal?" Addison turned to him
"BLUE Cereal!!!!" Replied Carter
"cereal cookie cookie COOKIE!!!!" (Addison)
"cookie. I WANT COOKIE! I WANT iPAD! iPAD" (Carter)
and it went downhill from there. It just cracks me up to hear their conversations and how much Addison is now adding to them.
She has plateaued for so long with speech, it is amazing to see her make so much progress so fast! She'll grab hold of a word and repeat it over and over again until she gets what she wants or needs. Apparently she has started bellowing for her aide (Mrs. T) every time she leaves her side at school.
"T! T! T! T! HELP! T! T! HELP! T! T! T!" until her aide comes back. We're working on the "Please come help me, Mrs. T", but I'm not gonna lie- pretty pleased with the progress (even though it sounds a little demanding written down like this).
Last night while she was in the bathtub, I paused, speechless for a moment after she shouted "GO" because I was so amazed at the clarity with which she said it and amused at her spot on imitation of me. (I was even OK with the subtle mocking)
I am just so proud of her, pleased with her progress, and surprised by her daily as she says words I never thought I would hear cross her lips. She's four and just now taking off with her language? Don't even care. It has been worth waiting for. (-: Can't wait to hear what she says next.