Tuesday, February 19, 2008
When cabin fever really starts to take up residence, I play with Ethan's hair. And as luck would have it, he has great hair and doesn't mind my antics. Staying home with a toddler in the winter is enough to make me consider some therapy of my own, and I'm not talking about speech or physical therapy.
Here we have him wearing a very sweet little red barrett. I trimmed his bangs this week, bye-bye cute hair accessories.
Seriously though, life isn't really as boring for us right now as it seems. We've been working behind the scenes on some pretty major changes that I can't reveal just yet, but I can say that it's tremendously exciting. And unnerving.
Ethan has been working overtime on his alphabet. It's so thrilling to see our 2 year old (who is deaf!) develop pre-reading skills. He signs letters as he sees them in his environment, I've even seen him sign the letters of a word in one of his books. And the speech is still developing around these letters. I heard a perfect "G" yesterday and an "M" today. He's getting the "Z" and working on the "T" today. He doesn't babble or really say any words, just the letters of the alphabet. It's a very unique approach to speech, one that actually makes quite a bit of sense when you think about it.
He has been learning numbers and signs 1-10, having a little trouble with 6-8 due to the dexterity that he has yet acquired. But he recognizes and signs these numbers appropriately. The grocery store had become very difficult until one day I realized that he was looking up at the signs hanging above the isle to see the number and sign it. The anticipation of the numbers around the next corner got us all the way through the store without incident. Nice!
Ethan is also indicating that he loves to hear as much as he loves to sign. The coil on his head (magnetically held there to transmit sound) often falls or gets knocked off during the course of his day. Now I can count on him to run to me, take my hand, and place it near his ear to ask for help in replacing the coil. It's only a matter of time before he learns this skill himself, but for now I'm happy to be his assistant.
These are exciting times, not just in this household, but all over this country. Change is in the air. Do you feel it?