Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas!

OK, this blog post is a little late. We've been having far too much fun with all of the new toys and enjoying Daddy's time off from work.

The boys were up early on Christmas and Matthew really enjoyed tearing into the presents. Nolan was far more interested in a measuring cup that I received, and loved playing with the bows as a typical one year old is wont to do. Last year we were concerned with getting toys which stimulated language and auditory pathways, but this year we have relaxed and realized all toys present the opportunity for language growth. The language is not in the toy, but in how you play with it.

Of course, perhaps we should have invested in more pilot caps and fewer toys. The longest we managed to keep his aids in on Christmas was a 30 minute span of time. Plus, a pilot cap would help control static-hair in the ball pit.

Nolan is sixteen months old today, and I am looking forward to the language spurt that occurs somewhere around the age of eighteen months. We never had this with Matthew, but Nolan has normal language development. This time last year, I would never have guessed that my hard of hearing baby would have outstripped his brother in the language department! Three days ago he imitated the word "down" with a resonant "dau!" He has lacked the long "O" sound (pronouncing it as a long E instead), but with intense focus on that sound over the past few weeks, I am proud to announce that "uh-ee" is becomming "uh-oh." Watch out, /p/. You're next on our list!


tammy said...

Love this pic! He's so dang cute! I'm hoping next year I'll be a little bit more lax on the "therapy" toys too ... after looking at Aiden's pile, he had four gifts that had something to do with dropping or popping "balls" ... probably because that's what we've been working with in therapy for so many different things. Go figure. I ended up taking two back. Glad to hear you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas (late) and Happy New Year to you guys! Nolan is kicking butt and taking names! Ethan would love that ball pit, I mean love in an OCD kind of way. What a cool toy. And that comment about it's not the toy but how you play with it had me grinning ear to ear, spoken like a parent who has attended many an SLP session! We should be given honorary degrees, don't you think?

Happy belated to Matthew and wonderful news about the hearing returning sans fluid. We've got our first ear infection of the season and I think it's time for new tubes for the E-boy. Oh, how I dread thee.

Loudest Mom said...

Great pictures, and I'm glad you all had such a fun Christmas!

Christian's Mommy said...

Merry Christmas! What great pics, and I am so glad that he is doing so well!