Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Just when you start giving up hope....

... your child might surprise you!

The past months have been quite uneventful (with regard to Sunny). There was not much to report. Apart from that I was very busy with my job and a lot of other stuff in my life that needed my attention.

Sunny has been developing slowly, as it has always been the case with him. Slowly but steadily he has been taking baby steps in all areas of his development - apart from his verbal speech.

We have not noticed any progress in his verbal speech for months - no, even for years. He has not added any new words or sounds to his verbal repertoire for a very, very long time. It was so long that I finally started to lose hope in his ability to form new sounds and learning to say more words. It was hard for me to see my hope vanish but you can only hope for so long when there is not the tinyest bit of progress. At one point you start to see things realistically.

That was until last week, Friday. We were having lunch and I had white mushrooms on my plate. Sunny looked at them, pointed at them and said "Ei". Ei is the German word for egg. Somehow the round head of the mushroom must have reminded him of an egg and so he proclaimed "Ei! Ei! Ei!" five or six times in a row. That was completely NEW!!! I nearly fell off my chair! I cheered on him, clapped my hands, and kissed him a dozen times because I was over the moon! But when I asked him to repeat the word he was unable to do it. Which is the sad thing about apraxia and having a hard time doing movements intentionally with your muscles while it is no problem to move them unintentionally. I thought that he would not be able to repeat it. This has happened before and so I did not think too much about it.

On Saturday I met his teacher and told her about the "Ei" incident. She was very happy to hear about it.

Today, when Sunny came home from school the teacher had left a message on our recording device with the following information:

When Sunny arrived at school he clearly and intentionally said "Eiii" a few times. Then he went over to the board where all the pictures of his classmates are and pointed to the picture of the only girl in his class - whose name is Eyleen! He wanted to say Eyleen! All his fellow classmates were very happy for him and applauded him. When I heard that my heart leapt with happiness.

But it still gets better! Currently, one subject in school is money and doing some shopping, mainly groceries and food. The kids learn what the various coins and banknotes look like, make roleplays in school where they buy and sell stuff from and to each other, and go to the supermarket once a week where they buy food for their breakfast in school on Friday. Today they were talking about the various supermarkets we have here and Sunny, lo and behold, said Aldi. ALDI! It is one of the supermarkets where they go to and it is such a difficult word! I almost could not believe it when I listened to the recording of his teacher. WOW! I am completely in awe and so proud of him!

When I talked to him about "Ei" and "Aldi" afterwards he startet saying "Eiii! Eiii!" over and over again and was beaming with pride. He even managed to say "Eiiim" which is a completely new combination of letters I have never heard before. 

I guess this just goes to show once again how you never know what will be coming next. Our children are lucky bags and can surprise us at any given time without the merest hint in advance. BAM. Just out of the blue.

I am one happy mother today and, more important, I found hope again. There is not much more I can ask for right now. I will enjoy this feeling as long as I can.