All along, Payton's biggest hurdle has been speech*. Over the past few weeks, she has really been doing well at repeating some words that we ask her to say. Actually, I should say that she has done well at repeating them clearly. Namely, "Mama" and "Daddy", which actually sounds more like "Da-yee" ... but whatever, it is so cute and I'm so proud of her!
Every morning, after I do her hair, she points to a picture of our family that is in our bathroom. She points and says, "Mama", "Da-yee" ... and then some approximation of "Mason" and "baby" (the picture was taken before we adopted Nika, but Payton is the baby in the picture). We go through this routine every day ... and if we don't stand there long enough to say "Mama" and "Da-yee" about 5,000 times, then she gets mad at me. LOL.
Tonight, while I was cooking dinner, I let the dog out. She started barking out on the deck, and apparently Payton associated that with Kyle getting home. I'm not sure why, but she did. So she took off running for the front door, saying, "Da-yee, Da-yee, Da-yee, Da-yee!" Oh my gosh, it was adorable! I went to the front door to see if she was right about him being home ... and she was. Kyle coming home has to be my favorite part of the day ... for two reasons. Number one ... the kids are so excited to see him, especially the girls. Number two ... well clearly, it means I have help with the kids. Haha!
*I want to make something clear since some of you are probably thinking, "Didn't she just turn 3? And she is only now saying "Mama" and "Da-yee"?" Yes, that is right ... thanks to that extra chromosome. One of the biggest delays that kids with Down syndrome have is speech. While Payton has been a rock star in most other areas, her speech has taken longer to develop. So yeah, hopefully you can imagine how ecstatic we are to finally hear her saying "Mama" and "Da-yee" with consistency. She has a lot of jibberish and some other words ... mostly approximations ... but the point here is that she is saying these words consistently ... and it melts my heart!
You should really post a video of that. She is so precious.ReplyDelete
Payton is adorable!ReplyDelete
I so remember the joy I felt when my daughter was understood by someone besides myself. It was heartbreaking when she had to repeat herself over and over. Sending her to school was the hardest thing ever!! Anyway I know how you feel.ReplyDelete
Hey that's awesome, Elias' Speech began to come out also around his 3rd birthday, so i feel your excitment!ReplyDelete
I know the excitement. congratulations! It is definately hard for other to understand but I know they were excited too when their children started talking, I guess we dont take it for granted as much maybe...at least that is how I see it for me and my kids. Im so happy for you what a great feelingReplyDelete
YAY!!!!!! I feel your exciement!ReplyDelete
yay payton! once we have mama, daddy, nika, and mason down--lets work on shay :)ReplyDelete
Awwww, that's so exciting! Yay Payton!ReplyDelete
That is so exciting!! Joshua just turned 4, remember he has the same birthday as Payton:) He just within the past couple months started saying mama! I still can barely tell people without tearing up because I waited SO LONG to hear mama! In fact, he says it ALL THE TIME NOW! He can say da-dee by accident but not yet on command:)ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment on my blog. I have not submitted my USCIS app yet, I was under the impression that it had to go with the HS. China is now a Hague Convention country (since about 6 months ago) so it might be different from Russia. We submit an I800A form instead of the old 600. I will double check with my agency though:)
Way to go Payton! Great job:)ReplyDelete
That's awesome! She'll be talking your ear off in no time! :)ReplyDelete