I am so proud of Knox. The past couple weeks have been great ones for him in terms of speech and development. His speech therapist and his interventionist each come once a week, and they’ve both noted a change in Knox. He is more attentive, interactive and seems to be doing so much better. He is saying more words, in general, and is also more willing to try to say things than he has been. I honestly think he just had zero interest in speech, whether from his own mouth or from ours, and I don’t think he paid enough attention to us to learn it. He has been so stubborn and so independent, and it’s very different to see him branching out from his previous “ways.”
Before, if he couldn’t do something, say open something, he’d get irritated and move on to something else. Heaven forbid if we tried to help- he’d totally ignore us or get really mad about it. Now, he’ll bring it to us to help him. If I see him struggling with something, I’ll ask him “Knox, do you want Mommy to help you?” and nine times out of ten, he’ll bring me the offending item or allow me to assist him.
He’s also letting us know when he wants something. He’ll take us by the hand or get behind us and push us over to whatever it is then point to let us know he wants it. He’s also started to tell us when he’s hungry (which he’s never done) by saying “eat!” He really enunciates that “t” so it sounds like “eeee-tuh!” If we go to a restaurant, the second he sees the waitress with food in-hand, he starts telling us “eee-tuh, ee-tuh!”
It’s so nice to know , now, when he wants a snack! He’s also taken to pulling bananas off of the counter to eat… it’s worth mentioning that Mr. Picky hadn’t eaten a banana in over six months until this week. He ate one so fast yesterday that he gagged himself and threw up. He was unphased by this, allowed me to wipe the banana puke off of his mouth, then proceeded to climb into a chair and bury himself in the pillows (his favorite game).
He said almost the whole alphabet by himself yesterday, he is getting very into the ABCs, counting and songs. His all-time favorite show, VeggieTales, has inspired him to start singing (and occasionally dancing). He hums along with the tuba at the beginning and mumbles some of the words, clearly saying “gotta be” and trying SO hard to say “broccoli.” He still loves for us to sing along, and sometimes looks at me smiling so that I’ll start to sing it to him.
His favorite thing to do right now is wrestle with Trevor. He is a major Daddy’s boy, and they have the best time roughhousing and flipping all over the place. Trevor is awesome with him, and he always has time to play with his biggest boy. Staying home with Trevor has been great for Knox, and I am so glad that they’re getting that bonding time together. Trevor’s dad is helping us out on the days Trevor works (usually just once a week since I have Fridays off), and Knox has started to call his best buddy by name “Gee pa!” Grandpa always wears a hat, and Knox’s favorite thing to do (he has a lot of favorite things, as you can see!) is to pull his hat off and throw it on the floor. Then, Gee-Pa exclaims “don’t throw my hat! Oh no! Not my hat!” Knox laughs, they pick it up, then start all over again. He tried to play this game with my mom last week, exclaiming “Gee pa!” as he threw the item on the floor. He was really trying to tell her that this was Gee-Pa’s game and that she needed to play it with him. My mom played a few rounds of this and informed me that “Gee-pa’s game really sucks.” Ha ha! Sorry, Gigi!
We did go to the zoo on Friday, and that was a great experience! Knox is SO much more observant and was able to spot the animals in the exhibits and recognize them. He loves giraffes (bordering on obsessed with them), and he watched them walk around for a while. The elephant thrilled him, and he really tried hard to climb into the exhibit with him. Pretty sure he would have regretted that decision, had he made it inside!!
When we saw the monkeys, he exclaimed “ooh ahh ahh!” (monkey sound) without prompting. Then, in the aquarium, I pointed out the clown fish to him calling it “Nemo” and he was so excited and said “NEMO!!!” He loved to touch the glass and sit super close to it- he was hard to keep upright because he kept rolling in the floor- such a boy!!
He also loved the penguins and once he noticed them swimming in the water, he would chase them, nearly bowling people over in his path!
We also rode a carousel together, for the first time. He was hesitant at first, so I put him on one of the stationary giraffes, and once it started, he stared at the gears making the animals move up and down the whole time. I really think he may be an engineer when he grows up with his fascination for how things work. He had a wonderful time!
Knox is getting more interested in Brody, holding his hand or touching his head. We’re working on being gentle, though that’s a tough concept for a two year-old boy! Brody adores Knox, and if he even catches sight of his big brother for a second, he’ll grin from ear to ear. I can’t wait until they’re best friends one day! I am so, so proud of my biggest boy, and I am so happy to watch him progress. Hopefully things will continue and he’ll be caught up soon- God is great and has definitely been answering our prayers for Knox!
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