I was going through old photos today and found some of you that I forgot about. It's crazy how just a few months have changed you so much. Your hair is longer now, and you're totally losing that baby look. I can't believe in a few months you'll be three!
Next week you start speech therapy. We've been working at imitating sounds with you, and you are sloooowly making progress. We use a cd your speech therapist made for us, combining songs and sounds with a letter chart. I'm excited about the progress we've seen on our own, and even more excited to have someone come who knows how to help you better than I do.
You are so quiet when we're out in public that I think it startles people when you start signing, or when you follow instructions. I can't tell you how many people- even friends - have seemed shocked when I ask you a question and you sign a response. "Wow, she really does understand what you're saying!" they'll say. I see it every day...when I ask you to bring something to Caleb or to show Mackenzie your hair...when I hand you something and tell you to go throw it in the garbage...when I tell you to go find a book so we can read a story...or ask you what you want for breakfast...I know you know what I'm saying. But it really does come as a surprise to those who don't see it on a regular basis.
We've also been working on helping you overcome sensory issues....in other words: getting you to touch things you don't like. I didn't really realize you were picky about things until Karen, your therapist, brought play dough to play with one day. You gingerly fingered a piece, but quickly pushed it aside when encouraged to play with it. What kid doesn't like play dough ???
Apparently you :)
You played with the plastic shapes and tools, but when Karen showed you how to roll a snake out of the play dough, you ran into the other room to play with her other toys. I mentioned that you have a hard time trying foods that don't "feel" right to you. For instance, if something is too sticky- like jelly or peanut butter- you won't try it once your hand touches it. But if I feed it to you, you'll eat it. If you pick up cooked rice you immediately throw it off your food tray, and the same goes for mashed potatoes. However- you love playing with yogurt and feeding yourself gooey spaghetti...so I can't quite figure out why some things are more appealing than others.
I also noticed a few weeks ago that you refused to step on the grass in a friend's backyard with your shoes off. Karen said this can be a sign of tactile defensiveness as well, so guess what we've been having you do?
Lots of barefoot outdoor play, and you're not minding a bit !