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May 29, 2008


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I'm still with you. ((hugs)) It seems that mothers with children who were adopted carry an extra burden of concern about everything. I struggle with it almost everyday. Is Cate's bad behavior and food issues related to adoption or temperament. My Si will have speech delays for sure. At 20 months he does have a few words but not much. He is bright and happy when we give him what he wants otherwise the speech limitation frustrates him for sure.

Rock on with the binky. Strange that both my Chinese children refused the binky. I would have done anything to give them comfort at the time no matter what doctors say. But I must say, I am glad it is one less thing I have to worry about.

The photo is adorable.

I just saw this yesterday on Maureen Wittmann's blog, about home-based speech therapy for homeschoolers:


Wasn't it Einstein who didn't speak until he was five, then in whole sentences? I will say a prayer for Binky-Boy.

All my kids, save one have used the binky and none of them had speech problems. In fact my almost 2 year old is quite fluent for her age and still uses her binky.
As for the speech delays, I am not sure how old your babies were when you brought them over from Korea, but from what I understand about language development (which is not a lot, lol)it would make sense that they would struggle because they had been exposed to a completely different language for the first months, if not more, of their life. I took some lingusitics in college and we learned of the importance of the first year on language development. They even said that a child who lived in a foregin country and was exposed regularly to a foregin language, even in infancy, would have a much easier time picking that language up when they were older because the brain has already processed the sounds asociated with that language. I woudl imagine this would also hamper learning a different language at a young age. I hope that made sense, chaos is errupting around me!!!
Anyway, do not let your doctor make you feel bad about a binky. Thumb sucking can be much worse!

I understand...Though the three boys would never use one (and how I tried!) and Marianne sucked her 3rd and 4th fingers, Laura (the oldest) was the one who latched onto the pacy...She had it until she was almost three. We were in the Army at the time and we moved so often in that 1st three years that that was about the only thing that didn't change. Then one day we lost it...we looked for it...then off she went to play and didn't ask for it again...I think that sometimes they know when it's time to put it away for good...Good day to you!


My Sebastian is 2 and a half and says hardly anything. He makes sounds, but there's no words except a few ...

We had a very bad experience with Miguel and speech therapy, though, so I'm still thinking we'll be able to do it on our own. Miguel is totally understood now at six, but he had a rough road up until he was four ...

He tends to slur when he talks too fast, but the crazy, crazy part is that in California, the accent IS to mumble. I'm constantly being driven crazy by teen boys and college boys ... OK, and men ... who mumble.


Hi, Ei! I am hunting around for your pie crust recipe blog entry. Could you send me the link. In looking for it, I spend an awful lot of time reading your other interesting blog entries!! Like this one!
I saw an article the other day -- darned if I can remember where -- that says newborn babies have an inflection in their cry that imitates the language they heard while still in the womb. So they are being prepared to learn a language even before they are born. You had said while you were here that going from Korean to English at 8 mos old was probably a contributing factor to the speech delays, since kids are learning to put sounds together by that age. But think -- he was already putting some Korean sounds together by the time he was born. Amazing!
Anyway, he sounded great while he was here, and we loved having you!

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