Cute little girl - cute photo. Not sure why she likes to stick out her tongue for pictures. She certainly thinks it's a hoot! (she's kind of spunky that way) Olivia is my little smack-talker (and I didn't teach her); it's awfully hard not to laugh when I should be giving her the disapproving mother eye;-)
Tonight she said her R sound.
**(Daddy, did you catch that?!!)**
It is the first time I've ever heard it, and I was astonished! Daddy especially has been working with her to properly say a couple letter sounds. Her little speech impediments are So incredibly CUTE, but Daddy says they won't be so fun when at age ten she doesn't even know she mispronounces things. The proverbial "I do NOT have a lithp!" problem.
Some sounds haven't been so difficult. In order to say the S sound, we get the children to keep their teeth closed. The TH sound we get them to stick their tongue between their teeth. But the R sound is made all inside of your mouth. We haven't figured out the trick for that one. No matter how hard daddy, momma, or Olivia tried, we weren't getting the sound out of her. Not intentionally. Not on accident.
Our biggest break-through was her willingness to TRY saying the R sound. Olivia has been seen dancing around the house saying "uhl - uhl - uhl" very diligently. We have encouraged and exhorted her for her efforts, but as I've said: no banana.
Tonight however, as I tucked her into bed for the night she told me that she is getting SOOO big, and demonstrated by standing up tall and placing her flattened hand on top of her head. Yes she is. I couldn't deny such proof! She then proceeded to tell me she'd have to "stop growing".
Wait! Hold a minute! What? Did you say GRowing?!! Say it again!
She really DID say that R sound. And she said it again. And again. And brother asked her to say "GRass; say GRound..." And she said it.
I am GRRReatly THRRRilled!!! HooRRRRay for Olivia Honor!!!
When I thought of being a mom, I never dreamed of THIS! ~Five heart melting smiles ~never getting tired of midnight feedings ~having all the answers ~not minding dirty faces ~enjoying watching the boys eat! ~falling in love with pigtails ~appreciating overalls ~appreciating a washing machine! ~wanting to do everything better ~falling in love a million times