Saturday, February 6, 2010

I'm so darned neglectful!

My poor, poor neglected blog. I still love you. Promise.

I'm just so busy, y'know? Okay. That was a lie. I'm sorry. It's just....well...I never know what to write about!

My life is pretty boring, really. I crochet. I play with Belle. I watch TV. I play with Belle. I talk to Scott. Some days, I cook dinner. Most days, I don't. I play with Belle...


Speaking of Belle, some of you may know (although most of you don't, so I'll fill you in!) that she's almost 2 and she's a bit delayed with her speaking and her eating.

She gags. A lot. When she eats anything chunky.

Cheerios are fine. Gerber Puffs are fine. Sometimes Microwaved chicken fingers cut-up into teeny little pieces are fine.

She doesn't chew! How do you teach a child to chew? I've tried! Trust me. I sit here day after day and eat with my mouth open so she sees what I'm doing with my food...but she doesn't get it!

Today, we made some progress! Today Belle ate Chef Boyardee Mini Ravioli, cut up into teeny, tiny pieces....and didn't gag! Meat and all!

That was the highlight of my day.

She's also starting to finally understand me more.

A month ago, I would ask her where something she should know was, and she would stare at me with a blank look on her face.

Today, I can ask her where her Elmo book is and she'll look for it. I ask her where the ducks are and she'll point to them. I ask her what a monkey does and she'll say, "Ooo ooo ahh ahh".

She still only says a few words..."Duck ("Duh"), star ("Daw"), uh oh, daddy, hi ("Hahhh"), hot dog ("ah dah"), all done ("aw dah").
But she does a ton of animal sounds, monkey, elephant, frog, cow, horse, duck, pig....I'm missing a bunch...
And she's picking up more signs. All done, milk, more, eat, light, help.

So...she's catching up. Slowly but surely. And eventually, someone from the program her doctor referred us to will call and we'll be able to get a little more help with her eating and speech.
But who knows when that will be because we've been on the waiting list for 2 months now and haven't heard a damn thing!

And on that note, I'll leave you with this:

An awesome pair of fleece socks I bought from one of my favorite sellers,

Aren't they great? !?

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