Sunday, October 11, 2009

October Outta the Way!

JT is starting to respond to people who sign to him in public. He is starting to experiment more with signs and fingerspelling. His teacher is amazed because he is able to use signs appropriately both receptively and expressively after being shown just once or twice. He still freaks out a little when the korean lady at Deaf chat smooches his cheeks... but he recovers pretty quickly.

He loves attending mass for the deaf once a month and we are switching parishes to attend St. Marys cathedral where the 8:45 mass is interpreted and there are other deaf parishoners. He knows he's deaf now and will readily remind me if I start singing in sign language. He even told Emma that she doesn't know how to cook because she is hearing and he knows because he is deaf. lol. This Deaf Pride thing has it's limits.

He already knows his entire alphabet and can count to 15. He recentely learned "cute," "tomorrow," "friends" and "better," and we have had the opportunity to teach "truth/honest" and "lie." That went exceptionally well and I felt blessed for the opportunity to present itself as it did. I attended his first Parent/Teacher conference and am thrilled to share that his report card was wonderful. We celebrated his excellent grades with an extra candy at dessert time.

Halloween was a wonderful experience, the weather was wonderful. JT was a red Power Ranger (picture) and we enjoyed a couple of parties as well as trick or treating and carving pumpkins. (picture) He carved his pumpkin with minimal help and I thought it was adorable. JT had a harvest party at school the day before as well.

JT. got to play in the snow in the backyard and it took about 10 seconds for him to figure out the concept of a snowball. :) He enjoyes the snow... but gets cold and needs to come warm up often. I'm not sure he was allowed to play in the little snow they had in China. He does like hot cocoa.
We are talking about Daddy coming home in a month and JT seems to understand. He replied to me the first time, "Daddy come home, tickle me." JT also attended a doctors appointment this month at a hearing specialist who cleared him for hearing aids. Hopefully we will be able to order them soon.