I know I keep writing about Jake’s vocabulary but seriously folks it is AWESOME! Speech is one of those things I know I have taken for granted in the past. Most babies start with the babbling and then they put those babbles into words and then into sentences. It is fascinating to watch it all transform. For us, this transformation has taken much longer than with Jake’s siblings and I have learned to appreciate each new word, each new sentence and I am constantly amazed. One of the ways children learn to talk is by imitating what they hear and because of Jake’s delayed development we are a couple of years behind. In the beginning I hated it because like most parents I wanted to hear my baby talk, I wanted to hear his sweet little voice and quite honestly I never knew if it would happen. But I see that in some ways it was a blessing. We had to wait longer than many parents but it made us work harder and now appreciate every new word, phrase and sentence. I don’t and will not ever take speech for granted again because it is a gift. One of the things this journey is teaching me is to be thankful for what you have in the moment and enjoy it, soak in it and never ever take anything for granted. It is hard in the day-to-day life because stuff happens, you know…you don’t have time to wrap yourself up and cherish each and every good moment. But it is nice when things do slow down a bit and you can. For me, it is like a cozy blanket; at the end of the day I can wrap myself up in the events of the day and smile and feel content.
As I’ve told you before Jake’s language has taken off in rapid speed. Yet we are still amazed nearly every day by something new he says. You see him now struggling to find the right word to use and for me that is so so awesome. He gets frustrated at times because he either can’t find the word or doesn’t know how to say it but he eventually gets there and the words are music to my ears.
Friday after I picked Jake up from school I told him we were going to see Allie work and then go to the bookstore. He smiled and held up his fingers and said “First, we see Sissy at work. Then go to get Jakey a book at the bookstore and then go home. 1,2,3; like that mommy…oookkkaaayyy?” For those that have been following our journey you know how big this truly is for us; for him. You see for the longest time he would only repeat what I said, he would repeat it over and over and over again (which is great in itself) reassuring himself and waiting for me each time to say yes and repeat what we were going to be doing. Now he throws his own words into the mix and even adds the last stop (going home) with no verbal prompting. This sort of stuff really makes my heart swell.
One of my favorite things he has said so far is this…Saturday night we were sitting on the couch and he kept touching his toe. I asked him if it hurt and he said “no, don’t look at it.” I went ahead and looked at his toe and noticed a scratch and he said in a loud sort of whining and angry voice “I said you not look at my toe! Is that how we say it? No, Jake should say please don’t look at my toe. Mommy, please don’t look at my toe.” Okay, this sounds like a strange thing to say but this is really big. We (us, teachers, therapists) are always helping him use his words instead of crying or whining. So we will ask him if that is how we ask or say something to which he most usually responds with no and then we help him with a better choice. He whined, realized that and then corrected himself without being prompted! This was/is a first — it made me smile and I told him I won’t look at your toe. He smiled and hid his toe 🙂
Speech is a beautiful thing!