That title could mean “Quick Update,” but it actually means “Quinn Update.” I’d like to think I could do this quickly, but I know better.
And? I know I’ve caught a couple people off guard with this lately, but? His name isn’t really Quinn. He’s just, you know, the 5th child, so Quinn seemed like a good blog name.
But that really isn’t very important.
What is important? Is that we are seeing a gradual return of his mad(dening) expressive language skillz. People you wouldn’t think it is such a big deal, but last week he started shaking his head yes in response to yes/no questions! Woo hoooooooooo!!!!!!
You are going, “Meh,” while you sip your coffee and scratch your nose (except for you, over there, yes you, I saw you actually pick your nose. You’re gross) but we are terribly, terribly excited by this new development. It is a huge thing, a HUGE thing, to have the kid actually confirm his wants/needs to us. HUGE!
Stop laughing at me.
Again, it is something we knew he could do, has been able to do for a looooooooooooooong time, but almost never did it. When he would do it, he’d get that, “Oh crap! Now they’re on to me!” look on his face. But now? Now? When presented with a yes/no question he will nod yes or no, depending on his wants. Mind you, he has been nodding no for a long, long, time; but not so much with the yes.
As if this weren’t exciting enough in and of itself, he also started signing “more” again. This was something he did consistently for quite a while, but then stopped. Just stopped. And now? He’s just started again. Though yesterday he was hollering/grunting for more milk, and I asked him if he wanted more, and he nodded yes, and I told him to say more with his hands (while doing it myself), and he shook his head no at me.
And this morning? He stood in front of the refrigerator and said, “Cheeeeeeeeeze!” So guess what he had for breakfast.
That’s right: grapes! With his cheese!
Also? The other day he was pointing to everybody’s noses (he points to body parts now, too! Not all the time, but much more frequently!) and he said, “No!” (nose). Again, this is a word he said last summer(ish) but we haven’t heard since.
This is big, people, big.
In other Quinn news, we took his crib down the other night. It was a bit broken to begin with (somewhere back in 2007 there is a post about how McH did that), but Quinn broke it even more, to the point of being dangerous. We don’t want to buy another toddler bed, since Tank Boy is to the point of needing a regular bed, but we don’t have a regular bed yet. So for now Quinn’s mattress is on the floor (Official White Trash Mom, right here), and he’s actually sleeping on it.
The first night was a breeze. When he woke up in the morning he didn’t even get off of it in the morning until I came to get him. He napped on it yesterday the same way. Woo hoo!
Then last night happened. He suddenly realized his freedom. The boy has never played with the Thomas Trains so much in his life. At one point I went up there and there were so many toys on his “bed” that there was literally no room for him. But still, he didn’t do too bad.
Anyway, we are terribly, terribly happy about the whole affirmative head nod thing and the other forms of expressive communication that seem to be coming along with it. I’m still taking him to the ENT in a couple of weeks, and will probably take him for a hearing test after (I mean, I know the boy can hear, but I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to check the actual hearing levels; but we’ll see what the ENT thinks).
Train Switching Tracks:
New swimsuit just came in the mail!
Wriggle, tug, grunt . . .
Bottoms look pretty good. Would be better if I could drop five pounds.
Top? What the frap is this top made of? I don’t think it’s supposed to roll up in the back like that. Would it have killed them to make it an inch or two longer? Good grief, even when I suck in it makes my belly look droopy. Droopy!!!! I’ve tried on things that didn’t do such a good job of hiding the bulge, but this is the first droop I’ve seen. I don’t look this droopy naked. This is hideous. GAHHHHH!
Swimsuit designers stay up at night devising ways to give us new complexes and insecurities, don’t they? It’s because they are spawn of Satan.
Switching Tracks Again . . .
Has anyone ever tried the Your Baby Can Read system? I’m thinking of getting it. Any feedback on this? I’m not really questioning the teaching your baby to read stuff. My mom actually did a homemade version of this (lots of cards, no dvds) with my youngest sibling, and it did work. I mean, I don’t think he was learning the phonics of reading, which is essential, but he was learning lots of words. But I’m not considering it for reading purposes.
I’m wondering if it would help Quinn with his expressive language. First, he loves, loves, loves to watch t.v. Not that he’ll watch just anything, but he’ll watch a lot. Especially if he has a fresh sippy cup of milk . He just kicks back on the sofa like a drunk with a six pack and watches the tube. And this system has videos.
Second, as I’ve said before, he can tell me the sounds of all the letters (well, most of them; I still haven’t heard i, j, or q) and that is from watching The Letter Factory. So if he’ll tell me things he hears repetitively on t.v., maybe watching the dvds and doing the cards will encourage him to start saying some of the words? I don’t know. Just thinking out loud.
What do you think?
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt is alive and well.