Archive for May 5th, 2009


All of my kids love to get smooches these days, and they are so fun to love.  They are huggable and snuggable and kissable and lovable.  They are perfect little angels (um, most of the time). 


Julian gives lots of hugs and kisses and will even just randomly say "Eema?  I love you so much!"  He is so loving and kind.  He never hesitates to stop and give big bear hugs to the people he loves, and he hasn't yet gotten to an age where giving mommy a kiss is icky (though he won't share a plate with me, because he might get my "cuties" if he does!) 


Abby loves to be held and will giggle if you give her kisses.  Occasionally, she'll turn her cheek toward you if she realizes you're trying to give her a kiss.  She gets extremely excited when either Seth or I walk into a room, and she'll come bounding over to be picked right up.  Alternatively, she'll lift up her shirt to expose her little belly to be tickled and then she'll giggle wildly when you do tickle her.  If you don't oblige her in the tickle-fest, she gets quite upset.  She's the most prone to sudden bouts of anger and a temper tantrum, but also easily consoled, because you can swiftly pick her up, give her some kisses and she's off and giggling again. 


Sam is my mama's boy, and a real snuggle-bunny.  If he sees me walk into the room, nothing can stop him.  He will be on a mission to get across the room to get to Mommy!  He'll come running over, arms wide, ready to be scooped up into the air.  His belly-laugh makes my heart skip a beat, and his smile could light up a whole city.  He takes longer to warm up to other people than the girls do, and he is more likely to run to me if there are other people around than he is likely to run to them, but he does eventually warm up to people without too much of a problem.  He's a sweet thing.  When I ask him for kisses, he puts his forehead toward me to get a kiss – proof that he does understand some things!


Yeah, I know I already had a picture of Ellie, but I'll be honest, I couldn't pick one.  This picture is the "after" picture, so to speak.  This is what happens to her hair after a nap, if it's been up in a ponytail like in the previous picture!  Ellie has really caught on to the whole smoochapalooza idea.  Yesterday, I gave Ellie a kiss and she made a "mwah" sound while I was kissing her.  I thought it was a fluke, but I was delighted!  I said, "Will you give me a kiss, Ellie?" and she leaned over, puckered her little lips and gave me a kiss, complete with "mwah" sound.  And then she giggled, and so did I!  For half an hour, we played the smooches game and she giggled as we showed off her new trick to Abba when he came home.  And this new skill was not a fluke – she still does it today!  Hooray!

There's a whole lotta lovin' goin' on in Chez Perky!


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Conjunction Junction

Conjunction junction Well, we may not be up to conjunctions and grammar yet, but I would be remiss as a mother if I didn't mention the huge strides that my kids have been making in the speech/language development department.  Especially the girls, as has been the trend, of course. 

On March 2nd, Ellie was in the hospital (as many of you may recall) and I was talking to a nurse or doctor and Ellie (who had been refusing food most of the time she was in the hospital) was standing in her crib reaching out toward the bedside table where there was a sleeve of Ritz Crackers (one of her favorite snacks) saying "Cacka! Cacka!"  She said it in such a soft, sweet little voice that it took a couple minutes for me to realize what was going on.

"Oh my goodness!  You want a Cracker!  You can have all the crackers you want, little girl!" 

And she did gobble down those crackers, like a ravenous little fiend.   She knew what she wanted, and she clearly communicated it.  And thus, a first word was born. 

Well, that's not really fair.  I'd posted before that she had said "mama" before.  And it's true, she had.  But just as quickly as she started saying Mama, she stopped (a few days later).  And she hasn't said it since.  It took Ellie a long time to say anything other than cracker, in fact.

But Ellie does now have a nice little array of words – "Cracker", "Cup", "Up", "Abba" (meaning "father" in Hebrew – though I'm not sure she really knows what that one means, she does seem to use that one rather randomly), "Ball", and um, that might be it.  I'm sure Seth will let me know if I'm missing any.

In April, Abby started to follow suit.  The difference between Abby and Ellie, though, is that Ellie speaks extemporaneously – if there's something she wants she says the word (assuming she knows the word).  But she never imitates sounds just for the sake of imitating sounds.  She's not a mynah bird the way a lot of children are when they first start talking.  Abby's first clear words, however, were obviously imitation, though, as you'll see…

Each day, when I walk in the door, the triplets are usually playing in the sunroom with SuperNanny.  When I walk in, I am generally accosted by three loving babies who are eager for a hug, a kiss, or (most importantly) my cell phone or car keys.  I always exclaim "Hi Babies!"  One day in April, Abby whispered (with a devilish little grin on her face), "Hi Babies" after I greeted them. 

Wait, what?  Did she just say what I think she just said?

"Hi Babies!" I said again.
"Hi Babies!" she whispered with a grin.

Whoa.  Seriously?  That's your first word(s)?  Neat!

So Abby imitates, but for a long time would not say anything extemporaneously.

Ellie started doing this thing where every time she had a ball she would throw it up in the air while saying "Up!" (something her speech therapist taught her) and Abby started imitating that.  But now Abby will casually say "Up" whenever she sees a ball.  Once Abby said Piglet (but that was, again, imitating us calling Piglet by his name). 

The girls are definitely improving on receptive language skills as well.  They will point to their noses (or mine) if I ask where their nose is.  Abby will point out Piglet's nose as well.  They will follow very, very simple instructions ("bring that to mommy!").  And Abby (and to a certain extent Ellie as well) is very receptive to the emotional needs of her siblings – if they are upset, she will bring them their loveys. 

Sam?  Well, Sam's not talking.  But he lets us know what he needs.  He's taken to SHRIEKING (make that SCREAMING) in the middle of the night if he wakes up and discovers that his pacifier is missing.  This is a new and definitely undesirable behaviour, as far as I'm concerned.  Gah.  If he wants to be picked up, he'll stand there with his arms raised grunting.  No question what he wants.  But if you want him to follow a simple instruction, you must use far more visual cues with him than the girls need.  The girls still need more visual cues than other kids their age, but Sam needs visual cues for virtually all instructions.  Still, he has definitely made progress – it used to be that he couldn't follow an instruction even with a visual cue.  And he is now responding to his name (he turns his head) and will stop what he's doing if you say, "No, Sam!" in a stern voice.  Whether it's the words or the inflection he is understanding, I'm not sure, but either way, it is progress.

We are still getting their hearing checked on May 20th, because they are still behind on receptive and expressive language, and while no one believes there's anything wrong with their hearing, it's a good rule-it-out step and it is non-invasive.  So we'll have all kinds of fun with that.  Umm.  Yeah.  Something like that.

Some day, I'm sure I'm going to wonder why I ever wanted them to talk.  :) 

I do remember that at their 18 month appointment, the pediatrician remarked that it was probably a testament to their underlying personalities that they aren't having far more temper tantrums and fits, because with the language delays that they're having and the fact that they are otherwise developmentally on target, this can be very frustrating for them to not be able to communicate their needs.  While they DO throw fits, they aren't constant and they are very predictable and generally happen not as a result of communication failures, but as a sign that bedtime/naptime is looming.

Yep, I just have really, really good kids.  I'm one lucky mom.

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