I've had and still do have a lot of fears about Hailey and her future. How could I not? One of them has always been communication. I fear not being able to communicate with my daughter....not knowing her hopes and dreams, feelings, fears.
We recently made the decision to increase Hailey's private speech and physical therapy. I'm hoping the extra PT will help improve Hailey's walking form and the speech therapy, obviously, will help push us closer to having a talker, too.
Right now, we are in a small break in our therapies and we spent time visiting family. Hailey always seems to have an explosion in an area of development. I think sometimes just the change of scenery gives her mind a break and "it just happens". I've been so happy with what she has been doing! Hailey has been imitating people. I was patting my nephew's back the other day on my lap. My older nephew started patting the little guy's back also. Hailey removed his hand so she could pat his back. A few times, my older nephew would move Hailey's hand over, but she didn't like it and babbled a few words loudly to him and took over patting the baby. Hailey has been fairly good (for her age) at being "gentle" with the baby.
She has been motion for others to "feel" a book she is looking at. Yesterday, my sister-in-law was eating watermelon. Hailey pointed to the bowl and signed "more"...technically, she never had any to request more but she was communicated what she wanted and it is HUGE! She has been picking up new signs much faster now (...mom needs to learn more so she can keep up!). Hailey knows about 10 signs that she will do herself, but understands a few more than that. I almost cry every time she learns a new sign. She's so proud of herself and I'm so incredibly proud of her.
But there is even more to Hailey's communication, she has started trying to say the word, too! A lot of the words sound similar and it isn't always the entire word, but it is a start. We have a lot of "m" and "b" words...she tries to say more, milk, mom (she does say this, but not always in context), bottle, baby, ball. She has said "done" a couple of times...of course, the ever popular "dada". When Dad was out of town, she would pick up phones, put them to her ear and say "dada" repeatedly. She also grabs the iPad saying "dada". We assume that is to talk to him on FaceTime. Papaw is a favorite, but it is for mamaw and papaw. Once over the weekend, she said "Taci". I know is sounds crazy but I had witnesses! We gave Hailey something on Saturday and asked her, "do you like that?". Her response was "like that". It was crystal clear and yes, I had witnesses for that one too. We looked at one another in disbelief because it was that clear. Now, we can't get them on command, but this is all a start!
Just as Hailey is taking walking slowly...we are making baby steps with communication, too. Brings a smile to my face, makes my heart swell with pride and even more love, and makes me dream more about her future!
|Hailey with Aunt Taci|
|These boys love babies!|
|She doesn't look quite so little anymore.|
|This look is TROUBLE!|