Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?!!?

Now that I've caught you all up on Elena & her speech development, I want to start sharing some of our funny interactions. I mentioned that I understand her most of the time, but there is still a learning curve...
A month or so ago, Elena started saying the same phrase very often. It sounded like, "E-ma A-ba, E-ma A-ba" & she should almost sing it. I would ask what she means or if she could show me...she would smile but couldn't make me understand.
On one of the rare occasions I was home to take Elena to preschool, she started her sing song "E-ma A-ba, E-ma A-ba" & I asked pleadingly, "What does this mean?" & she replied, "S-koo" "School?" I asked...she replied, "Ya, own-ee Fi-day, no Two-day"
That's when it all became clear to me!!! You see, Elena's preschool is run out of a Jewish synagogue! The have Shabbat Party every Friday!! She was singing, "Ima" & "Abba"!!! When I told this story to her teacher, she explained that there is a Shabbat song they sing every time. What made us laugh is that Elena reminded us Shabbat Party is only Fridays, not Tuesdays!
This is Elena's 1st time getting to play Ima.
She was so very proud!!!


  1. I was raised Jewish, right away I was guessing where you were going with her phrase, but then was thrown off wondering where she would have heard hebrew! Not only is she learning to speak much better, but now she is bi-lingual!!!

  2. I can only imagine how hard it must be sometimes to not know what she's trying to say. I'm glad you figured it out! Also, Elena looks so grown-up in that photo!

  3. Beautiful and so proud! What a great photo and experience!

  4. It has been a really long time since I stopped by. Elena looks so big now! And so smart too. Amazing how quickly they learn.

  5. It's so great to read this! She was so eager to communicate this summer. I bet she will be caught up in no time.

    About the counting and everything...it's probably similar to how kids who walk later are better (more careful) walkers because they have the added intelligence that comes with age. Makes sense the same would apply for late talkers. She's got all the info in there because she has been soaking it up!


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