Last year around the holidays JD had a very limited vocabulary. It was pretty basic but when the Christmas lights started to show up around the neighborhood he got so excited. He has always adored and been fixated with lights. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small, close enough to touch or far away, he loves them. I started to say to him “Deeds, see the lights? They are pretty pretty.” Soon JD was uttering his first phrase.
“Ya yights, ya yights! ohhhh priddy priddy!”
Granted now I realize that the Echolalia played a big part in him repeating the phrase (over and over) but it was still a breakthrough for us. I am reminded of this because Christmas lights are starting to pop up already and he still says “Ohhhh pretty pretty.” While putting away our Halloween decorations last night we decided to hang up the two strands of lights we own. We aren’t going to bust out the tree yet but we decided a couple of lights wouldn’t hurt.
It’s thrown JD into a frenzy. He woke up this morning and the first thing he did is go plug the lights in. All day I’ve been unplugging them and when I turn around they are magically back on again. I finally caught him red handed!!
This afternoon we also went and voted. It was quite the experience. I had to get out of line twice because he kept bolting out the door. I decided to just let him scream and had a death grip on him while clutching his sister in my other arm. This posed a problem, how would I vote with both arms full. EASY, I trapped JD between my knees and viola! Sure he hated it, yes he screamed and wow did we get some bad looks from other voters, but WE DID IT! Every little task we get done when I’m alone with the kids is a mountain, but I’m so happy when we get to the other side.