Filed Under (Learning Language/AVT) by Kel on 11-10-2010

For the longest time, Danny slept in the dark. It worked for him; perfect silence and lots of darkness made him an awesome sleeper as a baby. When we moved him to a toddler bed, though, I started leaving his lamp on so that he could see to play before falling asleep; I didn’t particularly want him stumbling around the room in the dark. The problem, lately, has been that he’s taken to pulling his lamp off of the little bookshelf it sits on. It’s well protected against the bulb breaking, but the poor lamp itself it taking a beating!

So we decided it was time to lose the lamp. Last night he slept with it off, and everything was just fine, so tonight when we headed up to bed I decided it was best to just remove it altogether. We went into his room in the dark, turned the lamp on, read a story, took his processors off, set them on the chest of drawers…and I unplugged the lamp to take it out with me.

In a soft, quizzical voice, Danny says, “On?”

It may have been om, it’s hard to tell when he uses that quiet voice of his, but it was pretty obvious what he meant. Every night, when we go into his room, I talk… Of course I talk. I’m always talking. “Oooh, Danny, it’s so dark! What can we do? I know, let’s turn the light on! *click* On! The light’s on! Now we can see!” Lately especially, he’s been echoing it back to me – just one of the many things he mimics. But this… Well, this was him, totally on his own with no modeling (his CIs were off!), telling me he wanted the light on. More amazingly to me, he actually uses a consonant with it; it’s not just the /o/ sound, but it definitely has an /n/ or an /m/ at the end of it.

Needless to say, I plugged the lamp back in. I moved it over to the top of the chest of drawers first, so that he couldn’t reach it, but the kid got his light on.




karen on 11 October, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

Two little letters and they are soooooo big. Congratulations, I know how much this means. I am so excited for you. Love mom.

Tammy Kenny on 11 October, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

Moments like this mean the world. Love it.

Drew's Mom on 11 October, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

Kel, that is awesome! He is one stubborn little guy, but he’s getting it…you’ve had so many little things over the past few weeks (Ewwww, on FB) and it’s just great to see. When you add it all up, he’s had some great milestones! Talking without his CI’s – amazing! Keep up the hard work. I know it isn’t as fast as you would like, but he continues to move forward. Way to go Mom!

karen on 14 October, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

Gramma here….. Thankyou for the great pictures by the boys. They are hanging proudly on my fridge.I love it. Thanks again so much. I will call you on the weekend ok?Take care, love you all, Gramma K

Efrat Schorr on 29 October, 2010 at 7:42 am #

Your blog is beautiful and your son sounds precious! Treasure every moment that you possibly can (and the little annoyances aren’t driving you nuts) because they DO grow up and then the WON’T talk to you!
Best wishes
Dr Efrat Schorr

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