A is for …

A – FREAKIN – MAZING!

This morning while I was working Nicole called up to me.

“Kristin!”

I ran down the stairs, “what’s up?”

“Has he been saying apple?” she asked.

“Nope.”

“Apple. Apple. Apple,” Lennon repeated as he worked on his alphabet puzzle. Apparently he said it the first time when he placed the A on it’s corresponding picture of an apple.

I cheered. I called Kenny over to hear him. I pulled an apple out of the fridge so that he would have a visual to go along with the word. Then, we stood in awe of him for a few moments, but retreated back to work so he could continue his therapy session with Nicole without the stress of us hovering and waiting to hear what he would say next.

It has been two and a half years since Lennon’s first (and last word). Daddy.

It was right around this time when Lennon started receiving services.

He had so- so many sounds, but just couldn’t figure out how to put them together to make words. And sometimes he put them together and they sounded like a word, but it was obvious that he didn’t truly know what he was saying.

A few months back he was starting to sound out letters in the alphabet. It wasn’t consistent, still isn’t, but he was doing it.

And I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve heard the Dave and Ava phonics song.

What’s nice is that in just about every alphabet song, game or flashcard you use – A is for Apple.

So here we are, two and a half years later, and Lennon says “Apple.”

I knew I needed to capture it on video. Just because a word is here today, does not mean it will be here tomorrow.

A couple of things to note:

  1. Lennon will not eat an apple. Unless they are part of apple muffins or pancakes.
  2. We recently started Lennon on All Star Probiotic, it has touted some great results with previously nonverbal children. Not sure if it has had an impact, but maybe!

I am certainly one proud mama!

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