Saturday, November 20, 2010

Talking up a storm

Unfortunately I don't have any video to show you but my girl is talking ALL the time! Most of the time it is full of attitude, but wow Ella is talking so good. This morning we were at Walmart and she had quite the conversation with the cashier, and the cashier actually understood EVERYTHING that Ella said. It was so awesome!

I went to Ella's teacher conference yesterday and got to meet with her teachers and all of her therapists. They had so many nice things to say about Ella, she is doing so great in all areas! She is starting to talk a lot more in school, although nothing like how much she talks here which is ALL the time, but she is getting there.

I do have a little problem I want to share with you all.....so, Ella has known all her colors for quite awhile, by matching, signing and verbally naming them. Now she knows her shapes, can count objects up to 10, sing her ABC's, and is starting to recognize words and has lost her colors. She can still match them (as in give her a green bear and she puts it on the green dot) but names the color wrong. I have been working and working on 4 colors here at home. "Ella what color is this?" "red" "no, this is blue. Say blue." "Blue." Then I put it down and pick it back up, "what color is this?" "Red." Seriously, it is driving me crazy. I even brought it up with her teachers and at first they thought maybe she was just messing with me (she messes with them a lot, purposely calling them the wrong names and laughing etc) but they have been testing her here and there and yep, her colors are gone.

Now I remember when she was little (birth to three) that if she would be making big progress in motor areas, like walking, then her speech would disappear for awhile and vice versa. And this, I was told, was normal. But now we are having knowledge disappear when she learns something new? Pretty frustrating. Are you supposed to practice every little thing they know every day so it doesn't get lost???? Argh.


I will share a funny little story about Ella from tonight. Ella and I were in her room getting ready for bed. We somehow have gotten into this little routine of listing off things we are about to do, and then she repeats them to me. It kind of helps relieve meltdowns. So I count off on my fingers one by one, and say "jammies, bed, cream, paci," so Ella counts off on her fingers and says "no, no, no, no." I try very hard not to laugh and again say "jammies, bed, cream, paci," (cream is her lotion for her face and paci is a pacifier and yes my 4 year old still takes one...) and Ella counts off on her fingers, with a smirk on her face, and says "ice cream cone, ice cream cone, show, ice cream cone." To which I of course laugh hysterically. I love that she has a sense of humor.


Here are a few pics.......




Ella got her haircut on Monday by my friend Molly (she's the best!) It was badly needed and she took off a good bit and then framed her face a bit with her hair. It looks really cute. If only I could tame the static that seems to find Ella 2 seconds after I do her hair......




8 comments:

Becca said...

Oh, that sense of humor is priceless! I love that. :-) Sammi messes with us like that, too.

About the knowledge-loss, before I read on, I was going to say the same thing, about whether or not she was having some other sort of developmental leap in some other area. Maybe speech trumped one of her little knowledge-centers? That would be odd, though. Glad to hear about her fabulous speech anyway!! I'm sure those colors aren't completely gone...sometimes Sammi will flat-out refuse to give us what we want when we push her too hard for something obvious like that. Maybe Ella's just being extra-stubborn...?

Her haircut is cute! I still can't bring myself to get Sammi's hair trimmed. LOL

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

No advice on the colors, but wow is Ella adorably and doing so great!!!!! Thanks for continuing to share her with us!

KaitlinCole said...

I just started following your blog. Ella is adorable! She looks like such a young lady with her haircut! And I LOVE how big your boys eyes are in the first picture! Adorable!

Shawndi84 said...

Oh. My. Gosh. We are going through the EXACT same thing right now. Colors! She can still sign the right color to the word I say, but when I ask "what color is this?" She is starting to name off random things. I have also noticed she is skipping over a few letters in the alphabet (same ones every time). Hm. She goes to the pediatrician in a few weeks. I'll see what her thoughts are.
That is GREAT that Ella is starting to recognize words!! YAY!

Laurie said...

Bryan and I just busted up laughing over that story!! Thanks for sharing :)

No advice on the colors thing, but hopefully they will come back soon!

Aunt Tami said...

Love her little remarks!!! She is a crack up.....made me laugh all the time when we were there!! I cant imagine her at all trying to trick anyone....she is an angel...LOL!!! Good luck with the color thing....and i love missy's new hair cut!!!

Tiffany said...

That is so great to hear!! You can't beat a good sense of humor.

Yo Mamma Mamma! said...

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/preschool/ngames/colors.htm

She is so much like Violette. I'll ask Violette what her teachers name is, and she'll say "Hambuger! HAHAHAHAHAHA!" Come on Violette, what's her name? "JOOOOWIE" (Julie.) SHe does the same thing with colors - everything is red - I don't know if it is her favorite, but is is the one she always says first. I'll play the little game above whenever Violette needs a color brush up...which is pretty much all the time!