What a wonderful day ’tis been! Roman and I had great visits both times today. We are developing some little play routines of our own since my other two, favorite men have left. Roman is becoming quite the communicator! He, apparently, did not talk, but is now doing amazingly well in this area. I am challenging him a little, but am really trying to embed this in play so that he doesn’t really even notice. He thrives on social praise which is a great start because a lot of young children seem to prefer tangible reinforcers. If you don’t need it, why go there, right? Granted, during feedings, we do work on communication. It’s crucial. I want to encourage and honor his communicative requests to eat. In an orphanage, they are very regimented and stick to a strict feeding schedule. Roman would scarf his food down quickly by the fistfuls during our first visits with him, but I think he’s beginning to gain a sense that we will provide. We will not let him down. He will get to eat. He’s also beginning to use phrases in tandem with his signs that we started out with. He’s identifying body parts such as nose, ears, mouth, belly, eyes, hands, and feet!! He is naming the color blue pretty consistently. He says the following words pretty independently: eat, more, go, mama, papa, hi, yeah (“lah”), nana, cracker, juice, wawa/water, shoes, ball, and bye. He is beginning to understand commands such as: shoes on, shoes off, throw in trash, put in, sit down, kisses, no touch, stop, and go. I am so proud of this boy! Also, I got my very first smackaroo right on the lips today!!! As mothers, this is what we live for right!?! Look at this kid using two-word phrases!!! (The Pancake in this video was provided by Mr. Alex Ko – haha!)
We’ve been looking at videos and pictures of Papa and brother every visit. Roman lights up every time he sees them. He loves and misses them so much, I know. We’ll see you soon!! Papa and bwa-bwa (i.e., simplified “brother”), this one’s for you!! We love you!!