Now today Will had his speech therapy. He wasn't very cooperative to allow Rebecca to work with his mouth, but my progress with his lip exercises was helpful. She added some tongue exercises to do as well.
We were talking about some things and I was nearly in tears explaining that I don't understand what I've done wrong that my son, who is nearly 2 1/2, does not talk. She reassured me it wasn't my fault and it appears that Will has issues with his muscles which are preventing him from speaking properly. Since he understands everything we say it is obvious I have been working with him. Once his muscles start working properly it should be easy for him to begin saying words... but we have to also get that "spark" which helps him click words with communication.
My homework is to take pictres of Will's common foods he likes to eat. Rebecca will laminate them and create a poster board for Will to communicate which foods he wants to eat. When he points to or brings the picture we are to say the name of that food as well as sign it and then get that for him. Hopefully this will give him the spark necessary to associate a word with what he wants.
Another development --- Rebecca wants to get Will an Occupational Therapist to work a bit with his hands. She said he seems to be less coordinated than other kids his age. It's very noticable when he waves "bye-bye" and some of his signing. I didn't tell her this, but I've been trying to get Will to copy my hand and show numbers, but he hasn't been able to do that. Maybe the Occupational Therapist would be a help.
In other news. Alanna hasn't been herself the last few days. She's been incredibly fussy and I can't figure out why. One night she slept for 8 hours but the following night she was up every 3 hours. Don't know what's going on, but I'm really trying to keep from getting mad at her... she's just a baby, she doesn't understand that her constant crying between naps and feedings is making me incredibly frustrated.
Oh, I've got a little art project going on. I'm painting wooden letters which spell out Will's name and then want to get cute buttons and ribbon to hang them on the wall. I might also do the same for Alanna. Yes, I know I can just order some online or buy them at a store, but sometimes it's special if mommy makes it. I'm giving it a few more days to decide if I actually like my work before I scrap the whole thing and actually order them. We'll see.