I realize I haven't talked about Harri's evaluation yet. It's not really a story, but if I don't address it, I won't remember that you guys will have no idea what's going on when I talk about other semi-related stuff.
I got a call yesterday from the preschool evaluation coordinator, and she told me we needed to have one more meeting, and that, even though she's not supposed to say so, Harrison definitely qualifies for more therapy, and for preschool services. We talked a little about what that meant (three days a week, for a few hours, in which, once a week, he'd get an hour with a speech pathologist). It's a relief knowing that he'll be given another year, but it's sort of sad hearing that he has the communication skills of an eighteen month old.
The psychologist said that she thinks his speech issues have to do with his shyness, and not much more. So he understand everything we say, and just refuses to let on that he knows that we know that he probably knows more than he's letting on. And with a mom who explains things like I do, it's a pretty big deal that he understands anything at all.
He's really getting a lot out of the therapy though, and nowadays he's saying so much more every day. Today he called my sister on the phone and had a full-on conversation with her about who was home and who was just wrapped up in being funny on Twitter and not aware that he had my phone...
He's also getting so much better about his shyness. He talked to his early intervention therapist about food on her last day with him. And he let my sister-in-law get him on camera (which is huge, considering there was once a running joke about how he didn't want cameras to steal his soul). AND he let us give him a haircut. HUGE.
He is a bright little boy, and I'm proud of the steps he's been taking as he grows.
And now I have to buy him a backpack and school clothes, and cry into my pillow, because MY BABY!!!!!!! My baby is leeeeeaving meeeeeee..... *sniff*
*I would NEVER tell him to shut his face. I swear. There are nicer ways to tell a kid to stop talking, already.