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Wednesday, March 07, 2007I've written before about how amazed I am at the different ways that children develop. They can seem radically advanced in some ways and woefully behind in others. It's what makes us all individuals I suppose. It's a challenge for a mother though...especially for one that's incredibly goal-oriented like I am. It's hard not to compare your kid to others (for good or for bad) and to remember that they will do things when they'll do them.
What am I rambling on about? Well, Elnora has always been a bit of a mystery in terms of hitting developmental milestones. She didn't roll over until she was almost six months old. By comparison, Emmitt was rolling every which way at 3 months, yet she sat up just a week or two after she learned to roll. She didn't crawl until 8.5 months (whereas Emmitt, who just hit 5 months is now crawling backwards) but she walked at ten months.
Now we're seeing this happen again...areas where she's way behind and areas where she appears to be way ahead.
Elnora doesn't talk. Now let's not mistake that for her being a quiet child. The little thing NEVER stops making sounds. In fact, I put her down for a nap an hour ago and I STILL hear her up there carrying on conversations with her stuffed animals.
No! Oh-ya! Whoa...whoa! Eya! Eya! no.... hmph!
It's non-stop, I tell you.
But she doesn't say WORDS. She doesn't communicate with speech. Well, that's not entirely true...she does say the following.
Ma (not mom or mama, just ma)
Da (again, not dad or dada)
Ee-yah (that's what she calls Emmitt)
Ba (that's what she calls the grandpas)
Moo (my cousin's boyfriend, Mike, one of her favorite people)
Meat (which is ironic, because she doesn't eat meat, so this is usually paired with no, as in "No meat!")
Yuck (she HATES to be dirty)
Hot (pronounced "haugh" with a sharp ending but not so much the "t" sound...)
Dee (the things she loves...her doll Bindi, her stuffed Giraffe, and for some reason...juice.)
Shoe (a real word! she just added this last month)
Ree (our dog...she used to call her Roo, which is her name, but about a year ago the dog's name became Ree)
No (like all two year olds, she has this one down pat)
That's about it. She does a variety of animal sounds (Meow, Ba, Cak (that's a duck), Neigh, Mmmmm (for moo), and the monkey sound) but again, that's about it.
She's not quite two and a half, so we're still a few months away from having her evaluated for potential speech problems, but the funny thing is that she still communicates VERY well.
If I could go back and do it all over, I would have taught her sign language. Studies show that it doesn't slow down children's progression of speech...if anything, they believe it helps. I'm certainly going to work on teaching Emmitt sign language...learned my lesson on that one.
Even still, she's become a master at charades. She has made up her own signs for camera, lip balm, washing her hands, brushing her teeth, combing her hair, eating, drinking, playing with stickers, coloring, the computer, and at least half a dozen other things. Now we still work with her every day on saying tons of words. We don't just give her what she wants as soon as we know what she means, so it's more like "Juice? Jah, jah, jah, juuuuuice?" or "Brush? Ba, ba, ba buuurr-ush?" but it's just not taking.
On the other hand, there are some areas where she seems to be fairly advanced. She learned how to put her own pants on before she was two. She would make incredibly complicated building block towers when she was 18 months (even figuring out how to steady the tower with one hand while building it taller with the other), she can point to almost any item you ask about in a book, she knows most of her shapes and colors (points to them when you ask) and is even learning to identify her numbers. In the last week, she's taken to drawing shapes and faces instead of just scribbling on her AquaDoodle. Now I don't know exactly what age kids learn to draw faces, but some friends tell me that 2 is pretty young for it. (and if it's not, indulge me, I need to think my kid is brilliant in at least one area.)
Here's one that she drew yesterday:
You'll note that there are two eyes, a nose and a mouth. The other marks are two ears a chin and the neck. (I know this because she points to her own features before adding them...she knows eyes, nose, mouth, ears, cheeks, chin, throat, neck, hair and forehead.)
So now her Aquadoodle is decorated daily with characters that look like they belong on Wow Wow Wubzy.
Maybe she'll turn into a mute artist... it's the tragic ones that make the most money right? What's more tragic than an adorable little mute girl that draws really well?
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