Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"Fwo Fwup" and "Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho"

Back in November, a friend of mine who graduated in Speech Pathology, suggested that I might want to have Lucas' hearing tested, because he wasn't saying very many words. Now I knew he was behind, but with everything else, I just hadn't been overly worried. He might not have had very many coherant words, but he talked up a storm of his very own made up language. While I was waiting for the testing, I was working harder with Lucas and he had already started to add more words. He passed all of the hearing tests, so they set up a speech therapist to come work with Lucas every other week. She has only come 5 times, and she's sad because he's doing so great that she won't need to keep coming.

That was a little background for you/journaling for myself. So now he's talking all the time, and most things are very clear. Tonight however he kept saying "fwo fwup." Chase and I were both baffled. We had sat down to eat, so I looked at everything to try and figure out what could be "fwo fwup," but to no avail. We moved on to eating and he forgot about whatever it was. When we were finished eating, I told the kids that as soon as the dishes were done and they finished the last bit of homework, we could watch a half hour of the new "Sponge Bob Square Pants" cartoon. At that announcement, Lucas shouted with pure joy, "FWO FWUP!" How Sponge Bob equals Fwo Fwup I have no idea, but both Lucas and the rest of us couldn't have been more excited to be understanding each other.

Lucas also came walking up the stairs later this evening saying "ho, ho, ho." Of course I thought he must have found something resembling a Santa Clause, but for the life of me, I couldn't imagine anything we had that would appear to be a Jolly Old St. Nick. When he appeared at the landing with a pirate ship, I was floored. He was singing, "ho, ho...ho, ho. (a pirates life for me)." Now I know we've been to Disneyland and Lucas has watched the Pirates of the Carribean movies, but he was only 20 months at our last trip to Disneyland and they really don't sing that song in the Pirates movies all that much. Needless to say, it was the cutest thing as he sailed that little ship (from Chase's nautical room) through the air saying, "ho, ho...ho, ho" over and over. We all went down and got out the boxed up Playmobile pirate island and pirate ship, and played pirates together before bedtime. It was really fun. It brought back some great memories for me. Patrick received the pirate island for Christmas from his Grandpa Ray back when we were at Stanford. I remember and have pictures of Mark, Gpa Ray and Patrick putting all the pieces together (and there's lots of tiny intricate pieces.)

I'm on a roll so I better not stop. I went with my dear friend Mary Ann to see the movie "The Other Bolyn Girl." It was surprisingly heavy, and emotionally packed. I am intrigued to learn more about this story in history. If what the movie portrayed is true, it was a such a tragic tale. It's hard to imagine that kind of plotting and manipulation to get gain in society. Oh wait, I guess it's not that hard to imagine given our world and the justifications of pretty much anyone in power. I would still choose to be living now rather than in that time period however. I was pretty emotional the rest of the day. I'm not sure why it affected me this way.