Words, Words! We have Words!

This week we've heard:

Na - (Nose) pointing to my nose
Eye - pointing to my eye
Na na - night night
Anen - (Amen) at the end of evening prayer
Ma - Yelling for me when I walked away (still wondering if that one was intentional)
(She can say dada but hasn't called him dada with meaning that we've noticed)

She babbles quite a bit, so it's possible she has more "words" but I really need to listen more closely to see if she is putting words to meaning.

In the past 1-3 months she's learned to communicate (some what consistently) by...

waving hello and goodbye
blowing kisses
"all done" (she has her own version of crossing her arms in front of her or pulling at her shirt to imitate pulling off a bib)

She brushes her hair (and mine) with a hair brush
She knows how to pat her belly when asked
She'll pat her head when asked
She knows how to find her ears when asked (she won't point to her own nose or eyes though)
She'll take a drink of her milk when asked
She turns pages in books when asked
She dances, claps her hands, and pushes buttons when asked (or when music plays)
She knows what "up" means (lifts her arms)
She puts her hands together when we say "it's time to pray"

She *might* have signed "eat" today, but I couldn't tell if she was doing it on purpose or just putting her fingers to her mouth.

I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting, but honestly I've been so down for the past 6 months about her lack of words compared to other babies, but this week she has really surprised us!  Even though the words we've caught her saying haven't been repeated, at least she's FINALLY starting to do it!  My goodness I feel like we've been waiting so long and working so hard to hear anything, and finally, finally!   Now I feel like I have to really stop and listen and watch to see if what we think is babbling is really something with meaning.

It's very exciting.  I'm so proud of her :).

And because what's a blog post without a few pictures?

Lillian passed out cold after a trip to the Children's Museum

Here she is the next day passed out at Target after fighting a nap ALL day long

An early 17 week belly shot


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  1. YEAH for words.......kids do things at all different stage & times but the waiting can be hard!!

    You look so cute with your baby bump!

  2. I can understand your frustration with our situation. My son is almost 2 in a half years old and he is 50% delayed in communication ALL due to his upbringing for the first 18 months of his life (lack of stimulation from his bios) We got right on it after he came home to us and have him in a program through our state up to age 3 where they have assessed him and he has speech therapy once a week every week on top of us working with him, and his interactions at daycare. From the time we got him (he wasn't even walking at 18 months) to now he is now walking perfect, running, scaling anything he can climb up, he is saying about 50 words randomly (which is where a 2 y/o is "supposed" to be) and he is finally saying two word phrases...inconsistently..but he is doing it) he has blossomed over the past 11 months we have had him. He is potty training which is taking time. But I do see other children his age saying full fledged sentences to him and he just doesn't respond back the way they do. I know catching up 18 months of talking to him and stimulating him (which he wasn't even talked to) is going to take a lot of time and patience. So Hang in there-you are working so well with your daughter and really with the consistent stimulation of talking and communicating she will get it down. :)

    Love your belly pics! Are you and your husband going to find out what you are having or is it going to be a surprise?

  3. I am so exited. That is wonderful news. You look great too. She is getting so big.

  4. Go Kiddo Go! Thats such exciting news. I love the photos of her passed right out. She is so cute! You are looking fabulous also :).

  5. Yay! I bet you'll be amazed how her vocabulary grows now! Love the pictures.

  6. That's such exciting news about all the words!!! Its amazing how it all comes in such bursts - just when you start to stress its like they start just taking off! So wonderful!!!
    Lovely bump pictures too!!! The 2nd pregnancy for me went so fast - its all a blur!

  7. Look at all those words!!! Way to go. You look beautiful, btw.

  8. That's great! Our speech therapist has told us, "if you think it's a word or sign and it's in an appropriate situation, count it as speech". She basically said that when delayed children communicate, it's often so garbled that we don't think it is a real word, but it is. It doesn't have to be perfectly clear to count.



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