Gideon's teacher has been working really hard with him and the rest of the class to get them to say their names. Until yesterday, he referred to himself as "me." I heard him say, for the first time ever, Gideon when Ammon asked him what his name was. He pronounces it Geegen. It's soooo cute!!!
Ammon has been working with him for a little while to say Ammon appropriately, since Gideon has always called him "Danny"....and we have no idea where that came from either. At first Gid would say the syllables, and then when Ammon said, "Okay, now say Ammon" Gid would respond, "Danny." Also within the last few days Gid has started saying Ammon's name...but he only does it when prompted, and it comes out, "Ammom." If he isn't thinking about it, he still calls Ammon "Danny."
Since the summer break began, Gideon has been in a word explosion phase, FINALLY. He says full sentences all the time, still with lots of gibberish, but mostly we can understand what he is saying. He does mix up his sentence structure all the time. He absolutely loves going to preschool, often asking throughout the morning if it's time to go get his backpack yet. He has really bonded with his teacher, and he loves showing me the stuff in his folder every day. The first time I watched him empty his backpack so he could show me stuff from school I got warm fuzzies. He was so proud to show me his picture of animals he colored, and then told me all the names of the animals and what color they were. I sure love this kid of mine. He is doing so great and flourishing in almost every area. He has really come such a long way from when we started speech therapy with him last summer. Today he turned in his first homework assignment: making an example of himself. He loved using the glue all by himself to put the clothes on. He kept telling me he wanted a huge smile, and each time the smile I drew wasn't big enough. Finally I had to tell him I couldn't make the smile any bigger because it would go right off of the face. I have a picture on the camera of him working on his person...but I don't have it on the computer yet, and I also failed to get a picture of the final product. He put an Ironman shirt on his person, with blue pants because that is his favorite color. We did shoes with a blue bottom, just like his, and more Ironman fabric for the tops of the shoes. He loves his blue and red shoes because they remind him of Spiderman.
Also tonight Brady helped him with his first homework page. He was sooooo excited to color the page and find all the letter "a's" on the page. He doesn't know what hand to use for writing yet, so he switches back and forth. I hope he keeps up his enthusiasm for school!!!!