Cole has been LOVING bananas! ...So much, that he eats 2 in a row. Last week, I asked him if he wanted another bite of banana...he looked in my eyes, then looked at the banana...& said "Nana". I grabbed the banana, to make sure that's what he was REALLY referring to...I showed it to him & asked again "You want more banana?"...he looked at me again & shook his head YES! I had to scoop my self off of the floor!!! 20 min. later I asked him if he wanted a drink of water...he shook his head YES again!!!
The other word is "Dadoo" aka "Thank You". We aren't 100% sure that's what he is saying...BUT, when we give him a sip of water (which is what we do all day long...cuz this kid is thirsty!!!) we say "Your Welcome" after he gets a sip (yes, it's backward, but what ever we can do to get a reaction from him...we do it). After we say "Your Welcome", he says "Dadoo"...it REALLY sounds like Thank You.
It's been about a week since he said "Nana"...and I've been trying REALLY hard to get him to say it again...but he hasn't. Hearing him say it that one time, gave me that feeling of hope...that one day, we can have a conversation with Cole, I'll even take him just telling me what he wants...even if he can't carry on a conversation. Having a child with health problems & special needs is a CONSTANT emotional roller coaster. I feel like I'm constantly "grieving". I keep telling my self that one day I won't have that feeling...but I think for me, it will be a life time of grieving at every stage & every age. And that's ok, because that's how I coupe with the frustration and sadness that comes with this job. It's not easy, & seems to get harder the older he gets. The thing that always seems comfort me is when I just sit back & enjoy the simple things that he can do & the innocents of his spirit that is SO hard to find in this world...and DEFIANTLY his giggle & the way he teases all of us (including the dog!) that ALWAYS puts a smile on my face!