November 1, 2012
This happened yesterday, but since it was trick-or-treat fest, I didn't have time to write until now.
J3 has a speech delay. He is 3.5 but he is talking much like an 18-24 month old. Think language explosion, but it's still hard for most people (excepting those of us who live with him) to understand what he is saying a lot of the time. And even we sometimes can't figure it out.
Yesterday as we were sitting around the dinner table eating pizza and sandwiches (no cooking for me on Halloween!), J3 told us in his disconnected way that he had had to go in time-out today at preschool. I asked him what he did to have a time out, and he said something that sounded like "house everywhere." Kinda makes sense, right? Maybe some kind of a doll house, or a block building, and he scattered it everywhere? So I repeated, "House everywhere?" and he said, "No. House." "House?" "No. Everywhere." "Everywhere" "no." "Horse? are you saying horse?" "No, HOUSE". "House everywhere?"
We went on like that for several minutes, with other family members chipping in with more versions of "house" and "horse" and something like "everywhere." Finally I guess he got tired of it, because he just shrugged, smiled out of the side of his mouth, and said in a tone of disappointment, "Shawy guysh." (sorry guys).
It was enough to make this mama's heart break just a little bit.