My Late Talker

This morning I left a message with the State Help Me Grow back concerning R-Sprout. At their visit a few months ago they said to call back if she’s still doing the geuh-geuh-geuh, which she is whenever she tries to say anything more complicated than one or two words. It also bothers me that her […]

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It’s All in the Syllables

So little R-Sprout is closing in on 2 and a half, and is still not talking. She had an evaluation with the state help me grow back in January. Their evaluation covered many stages of development, not just speech. Specifically, they looked at these categories: adaptive, cognitive, communication-expression, communication-receptive, physical-fine motor, physical-gross motor, and social […]

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Writing Update

So I haven’t written in a while. Oops. Life happens. This post is going to be a visual update on where T-Sprout is in terms of reading/writing. She reads everything she sees. Her Hungarian reading is fast, and her English is closing in. It seems that her Slovak reading is still slightly halting. There are still a […]

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R-Sprout-ul

So little R is making slow progress in the speech area. She is adding different syllables to her repertoire and gurgles a little less, slowly replacing the geuh-geuh throaty syllable with “ta-ta-ta” as her main word-that-means-everything. Some of the things she says: “go go go!” when I’m in traffic “ju-ku-ku” (actually ku-ku-ku): this our family’s […]

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Intuition vs. The Experts

Medical Update: R-Sprout had her audiology appointment and she’s fine. Talking Update: This morning R was singing “minga-minga-minga-minga-minga” to a tune she made up.  I asked her what she was singing, and she replied matter-of-factly, “minga-ming.” I’m reading this great book by Naomi Stadlen called, “What Mothers Do Especially When It Looks Like Nothing.” It […]

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No Letters

T-Sprout has been sounding out Hungarian words lately, to the point where I have to be careful with what I’m reading now. I got the book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” in Hungarian, and while I was reading it, she would climb up next to me and sound out the comic parts of the book.  […]

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Another Fun Episode at the Pediatrician

This time I will get a new one.  So it was time for R-Sprout’s 2 year check-up.  We go through the wonderful checklist of what she’s supposed to be doing right now, according to the experts. She’s doing everything according to schedule, except for talking.  Apparently, she’s supposed to have at least 50 words at […]

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First Month of Preschool

It’s been a little over a month since T-Sprout started Preschool.  That 9 hours a week really caused a lot of changes for her verbally. She’s using a lot more English, like, all the time. In the first week she was mostly parroting things the teachers and other kids said: “Now is our reading time.”   […]

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First Day of Preschool

Yesterday was T-Sprout’s first full day of preschool.  There were no tears at the door, no wistful turn-backs; she ran into that room. It was a beauteous 3-hour productive whirlwind for Mama and R-Sprout.  I weed-whacked (well, for about 2 minutes until I ran the string down to nothing), built a felt board, and ironed […]

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An Exercise in Trilingualism

A few weekends ago we were graced by a visit from Papa Sprout’s best man, Z, and his girlfriend, V, from Europe. It was a great opportunity for T-Sprout to practice her Slovak, as V doesn’t speak Hungarian.  After they played together for a while, V verified to me that T-Sprout does in fact know […]

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