[ed. Hard drive meltdown = no blogging. Ack!]
We’re behind on Omega-3 / Fish Oil Watch posts. It’s been a rough couple of weeks, as we’ve covered.
I put ‘Talking’ and ‘Omega-3’ together in the post title with no small amount of uncertainty as implying that they are related may be a very big leap. I have no idea. I am not one to attribute improvement to any one thing with certainty without hard data to back it up. And in this case, I don’t have any data to support that his speech improvement this week has anything to do with his Omega-3 / fish oil for the last few weeks, so take it for what it’s worth.
Last night he had the best string of speech and communication we’ve gotten in forever, and that’s saying something after the great week we’ve had. This has definitely been his best speech week.
Last night – without any prompting from us other than “What’s this?” and some pointing – he identified his nose, mouth, eyes, neck, and ears, all right in a row! It was ‘no-no’, ‘mow-mow’ (rhymes with ‘cow’), ‘eye-eye’, ‘neh-neh’, and his version of ‘ears’ that is consistent but pretty far off from the actual word, but it was clear what he meant. Yes!
Then came the big finish. Clear as day, “I love you.” (‘I-luh-you’) After a rough day with a melted hard drive and an endless string of personal and work crap to deal with, what an incredible gift! He pretty much melted me where I stood.
I’ve read several books on speech and speech therapy, and I’m not a bit surprised that the goal of many parents in situations like ours is to hear their kids say, “I love you.” It’s impossible for us to take anything like that for granted every time it happens. J-Man has been walking for about eight months after not doing it for almost two years, and I still feel joy watching him run. I know how hard he’s worked at everything, and every little thing is still an achievement even after he does it a few hundred times.
I’m writing this and I still get choked up about it. I am so proud of him!