Totally hamming it up.
Ethan has been getting some sleep lately, the kind of deep sleep that goes a long way towards helping his development. I say this because we've seen some really neat growth in his speech and language and it has coincided rather nicely with his increase in restful sleep.
- Spontaneously signed and said "I want a muffin" at breakfast time. First spontaneous sentence!
- When asked where he found a bath toy that he brought into the kitchen he replied "Bathroom" in speech (no sign). First time ever answering a question! And he was right!
- When asked what happened to his glasses, he opened the trash can lid and pointed. They were sitting right where he apparently left them!
- While hugging a tree in the yard he signed and said "I like trees." I remember practicing that phrase with him a few times in the car last week, but this totally appropriate and spontaneous use of the phrase really blew me away. He's making comments now! (I didn't teach him to hug trees though.)
When we moved here, less than 1 year ago, Ethan was totally nonverbal. He has been signing since the age of 10 months, but now he's putting multiple signs together and making attempts at speech along with the sign. Seeing him put it all together is so rewarding...there are no words really. We're actually beginning to communicate with our son. It's huge.
The only downer is that I am worried that he might be developing nightmares/terrors as a side effect of the sleep meds. I'm keeping an eye on it and we may have to switch medications. For now I'm just trying to focus on the positive experience that is getting a good night's sleep. It's new to Ethan entirely and it's something I haven't experienced since pre-pregnancy.
Oh wait, I did get good sleep in New Mexico a few weeks ago! Rich held down the fort and I had a totally relaxing and amazing weekend with long lost friends. Life is good.