Thursday, May 31, 2012

In honor of E and Z's early intervention evaluation today, here is a list of words they're both using regularly now that we've been home for almost two months:
  1. Mama
  2. Papa
  3. Atticus
  4. Norah
  5. Nommie
  6. Grampa
  7. Bebee
  8. Stella
  9. Dog
  10. No!
  11. Mine
  12. Ayedelem ("no" in Amharic - I have no idea if I'm spelling that correctly.)
  13. Ow! ("yes" in Amharic)
  14. Nay ("come here" in Amharic)
  15. Stop
  16. Scootch (down the stairs)
  17. shoes
  18. cracker
  19. more
  20. please
  21. thank you
  22. Up! Up! Up! Up! (Wow, do I hear that one a lot these days.)
  23. Signing Time (E is in love with Rachel from this series and both kids are using some signs.)
  24. Poo-poo
  25. Pee-Pee
  26. Potty
  27. night-night
  28. bottle
  29. Hi
  30. Hello
  31. Bye-bye
Z babbles and talks more than E does at this point, but they are both talking and learning more every day. That is not to say that there isn't a lot of frustrated screaming happening around here - there's plenty of that too. When I make a list like this, however, it does remind me that the screaming will be temporary and they really are making a ton of progress.

UPDATE: After their evaluation today, it was determined that neither kiddo qualifies for services. They are both on track for gross and fine motor skills and both are at the bottom range of average for verbal skills of children their age. Considering that they've only been exposed to English for the last two months and both spent a year a half in institutional care, this is unexpected and great news. Way to go, E and Z!

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