The pouting is all mine. The progress belongs to Little Miss. The procrastination is mine too. And those things aren't connected, they just all started with P so I lumped them together in one blog entry.
I'm blogging right now mostly because I don't like my options. The thing that I really should be doing is calling the stinking doctor's lab and harrumphing at them for not charging our insurance for Little Miss' labwork and then getting that $400 mistake fixed before we get a bill for the next set of labwork. And as fun and cheery and uplifting as that experience will surely be I'm procrastinating. The other thing I could be doing is washing the dishes that are to big to go in the dishwasher. I've left them by the side of the sink for long enough that I can say with certainty that they're not going to wash themselves so apparently I'll have to do it. Eventually.
I'm not going to go into specifics about the pouting. I just feel a little bit like this poor guy:
Now onto the progress. Little Miss said her first independent sentence this week! Okay, for all you proper sorts out there she left out the verb, but whatever. :) Here's the scenario... Little Miss bops Pickle over the head and takes the toy she was coveting from him as he rubs his head. Pickle gives her a dirty look, shouts, "NO!" And cries for effect because I'm right there. I intervene with mom-blather about not hitting and not snatching toys and especially not both at the same time. I instruct her to "say sorry to Pickle". I'm fully expecting that she'll do the ASL sign and maybe babble something or get out the word "sorry" or "Pickle".
Instead, my smart little cookie says as clear as a bell: "I so sorry Gickle!"
(Gickle being the Amharic equivalent for Pickle, obviously)
I just about fell off my own feet. She's been stringing ASL signs into "sentences" for weeks now and has been able to repeat two words when prompted or would say something like, "mommy up" or "more please" for awhile, but this was a sentence of her own making in context and (mostly) correct.
She hasn't done another sentence since, this was about three days ago, but she is repeating/using three words when she talks now instead of mostly two. So, before I forget these are the words that she's using on a fairly regular basis. The ones in bold are ones that we sign and say. She has some that she still signs, but doesn't say and lots of words that she'll repeat, but not use on her own.
Pickle, Mom, Dad, Peanut, more, please, sorry, thank you, welcome, shoe, up, eat, cup, book, NO!, yes, car, help, jump, shhhh, kiss, I love you, poop, potty, diaper, sit, hot, where, soon, all done, what, coffee, bib, bed, sleep, socks, blanket, drink, muffle (pacifier), milk,
I think that's pretty good for 6-7 weeks home!