A while ago I told you a story that, I think, displayed the first signs of Will not only hearing and listening but understanding. Well, that is just one of a few that have occurred over the past few weeks. Hurrah!
The first is a similar story to the last, one of listening and understanding. Will is really into pretending to cook, both me and his Dad love to cook and do cook a lot so it’s no surprise he thinks of it as a fun thing to do. So rather than any of his toys, his present favourite thing to play with is anything out of the kitchen. Pots, pans, utensils, cake tins, tupperware.
Our coffee tables look like this…
Because of our delightful, inquisitive son, we do not keep anything in them and recently Will has taken to pretending they are his very own little oven. So unbelievably cute. I love watching him taking things in and out of it and watching his mind working overtime.
The other day he was carrying a two-handled pan with just one hand and because of the angle he was holding it at, it wouldn’t fit into the gap. From a distance away, I called his name and said to him ‘use two hands, hold it with two hands’. We try to sign along with speech at all times but I couldn’t think of a gesture to go with this so I just continued to repeat the words. It only took about three times before he did it. He looked at me, looked back, used two hands and sure enough got the pan in the ‘oven’. So. Very. Proud.
The other steps forward I wanted to share with you are particularly exciting – SPEECH!!!
Over the past couple of weeks Will has begun to mimic sounds. When he waves bye-bye it is now accompanied by a heartwarming ‘buh buh’. When playing on the train in the playground and a friend of ours said ‘choo choo’, William repeated ‘wooo wooo’. And then this week when we were playing with rubber ducks and making them quack he said ‘ack ack’.
I cannot tell you how excited and proud all of this makes me. Wearing the hearing aids is making such a difference at such a fast rate. I am so very pleased with him and his progress and I have even turned my own little corner. I am, for the first time, much happier when Will has his hearing aids in and want him to wear them. There is such a distinct difference in his behaviour and mood, making it obvious that they are quite blatantly the best thing for him. And what’s best for him is best for me and best for us.