Sunday, October 26, 2008

We want Moshiach....

Just a lovable picture.
Mendele's favorite... the Alef Bais!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

After months of trying, Mendele happily wears his glasses now.

Monday, October 6, 2008

In other news

B"H Mendele is now crawling on all 4!!! (he's been crawling with one foot up.) We were at a Hotel for Rosh Hashana and the hallways were just long enough for Mendele to just keep going. He's loving his freedom, and doesn't ask to be picked up anymore!

In other news we were approved for SSI (Suplemental Security Income) which is given by the gov. to help cover needs of those with disabilities. So now we have no excuse not to buy the best stuff out there.... like a set of sign language dvd's that is $668.

Yes, we started signing with Mendele and I highly recommend it for any child who is not speaking. It has totally taken away his frustration. Now, he can tell & show us what he wants. People are worried that signing will take away the will to speak but really it only helps increase it. With Mendele he speaks and signs together. When he just says, "Da" I'm not sure what he's referring to, but when he says "Da" and shows me with his fingers "Dip" then, I know he's asking me to sing the "Dip the apple in the honey" song. The problem is once he starts, he just wants the song over and over... (he signs 'more' and says "Na, Na" for Nach which means more in Yiddish)

Simple signs that Mendele uses on a daily basis are: eat, drink, milk, water, more, give me, sit, finished, up, down, music, play, apple and... thats all I can think of off hand.

Here are the "home-made" signs which Mendele uses: diaper, hat, open, close, go away, nurse (yes, I am still nursing him, experience shows its the best oral motor therapy) candles, and... I'm stuck again. I'll add them on as I see him signing and remember the rest.

Mendele's vocabulary has made a huge jump this month. He is currently using one syllable words unless both syllables are the same as in Mama, Dada, Ba Ba (Bye, Bye.) A word, according to the therapists, is any sound that he says and uses consistently for the same thing. So, if you heard him talking, you may need further interpretation. For example, he holds his hand like he's talking on the phone and says "A-owe" to which we know he is saying "Hello."

"Ssss" (Hais in Yiddish means Hot)
"Nuh" (Nose)
"Da" (Das in Yiddish means This)
"Gah" (Car)
"Mmm" (Food)
"Ba-ba" (Bamba-snacks)
"Ata" (Hantach in Yiddish is Towel)
"Itu" (Hitul in Yiddish is Hat)
"Oh" (Open)
"Dah" (Down)
"Dih" (Dip -refering to Dip the apple in the honey)
"Mah" (Farmach in Yiddish means Close)
"Ada" (Adaink in Yiddish means Thank You)

Like in China there are words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently.....
"Dede" (Rebbe)
"Dede" (Baby)
"Dede" (Vindel in Yiddish for Diaper)
"Dede" (Zaide in Yiddish for Grandpa)

so long for now....questions and comments are welcome.