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Thursday, April 05, 2007...so I think she's putting it into learning rather than talking.
As you know, we've had ongoing frustrations with the fact that Elnora doesn't talk. She has about a dozen words now, and she's slowly adding them, but she doesn't seem to have a real interest in speaking yet.
What's even more challening is that one word often means a dozen things. For instance "Dee" means "juice," "Bindi" the doll, "potty," and "I want that" among other things. That can be a challenge when she's screaming "dee" and I think she wants juice but she actually has to pee. (That happened just last week...)
The sign language helps though...she's starting to learn to pair the sign with the word, so at least I know what she wants. In fact, this morning she woke up and came out to the living room. She pointed to herself, signed "sleep" and pointed to her room. I asked if she was asleep in there and she said "dah." (yes) Then she signed "drink" and "eat" and I asked if she wanted breakfast. Again, the response was "dah."
Life is getting a bit easier.
So, in my ongoing need to feel like my child really is quite intelligent and just doesn't feel like speaking, I must share her latest accomplishment.
The kid can count!
No, seriously! She can count! :)
Over the weekend, we went to visit a friend (hi Judy!) and Elnora was fascinated with her cats. Unfortunately, the cats wanted nothing to do with Elnora. During the course of the "sort-of" conversation with her about the cats, she started fiddling with her fingers. Then she held up her hand to show us her first two fingers.
"Two? Are there two cats?"
I laughed and thought, ok...whatever.
Then last night, she started lining things up. (She loves to line things up.) She lined up three pillows on the floor and then put a wash cloth in front of each of them. (blankets...very tiny blankets...)
Greg had heard the cat story, so he said "how many pillows are there Ellie?"
She looked...then fiddled with her hands...then held up three fingers.
So now I'm curious just how high she can count. I got her to do "four" a few minutes ago when I showed her four stickers from her Elmo book.
I can't imagine she can go past five...but then, I wouldn't have thought she could count to four either. (On the other hand, when I took one away from the four, she told me there were two left, so apparently, we need to work on subtraction...lol.)
I think I'm going to start buying the Signing Times DVDs. We only get them for a few days from the library and she really enjoys them. I'm really curious to find out what she knows now and I don't think I'm patient enough to wait for her to start talking...
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