Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Two Months Today!

Wow! Has it been two months already since we came home with Luke!? The time has flown by fast and I just realized I have not been doing a very good job updating everyone out there about his progress! Lets see where do I start? Well let me just tell you what we have done in two months:
  • Went to Alabama, Florida and Georgia to visit grandparents and family for the first time (which we did in a week)
Aunt Mary 
Ken taught Luke how to be a southern gentleman and give ladies flowers. He also knows how to open mommas door first! Such a gentleman! 
The cousins, Annabelle and Greyson

Karen and I 

Pop Pop

Pop Pop and Mema (Ken's grandparents)


Dot Mom (my grandmother)

Four generations

Us and Dot Mom

Grandma and her grandkiddos

The whole fam on Ken's side



My dad 

Granny and Luke

Luke learned how to drive...a tractor that is!

Getting dirty at Paw Paw's and Granny's

Luke learning how to hammer

Aunt Jill, Aunt June and Uncle John

My grandparents "Paw Paw and Granny"
  • Went to the beach for the first time when we went to Florida to visit my grandparents (he loved the endless supply of sand and water. It was the sweetest thing I have seen!) 

Uncle Matthew and Aunt Emily

Luke's first beach trip 

  • He went to his first VBS and LOVED it! He keeps asking when we are going to Jesus ( he calls our church Jesus. Isn't that sweet?!)
  • We have been on picnics
  • Planted a garden 
  • Been to the zoo plenty of times

  • Gone to the science center a few times

  • Went to Cincinnati for the day and ate at a great burger place

  • He has been able to meet new and such sweet friends that he loves to play with
  • We have gone to the water front park water/playground area plenty of times. Luke LOVES to play in the water and he adores playgrounds. It is so cute! 

So needless to say, we have had plenty of things to do! We do all of our outings during the day so he can come home and take a nap after lunch. No nap equals no fun the rest of the day. I tried for a few days to let him just play in his room instead of taking a nap. I was thinking "Maybe he doesn't need a nap anymore because he is getting older."  Boy was that a mistake! I needed him to take a nap so I could have a break and he needed a nap so that he could handle his emotions the rest of the day. So we do naps here in the Lovett household. 

His English is coming along pretty well! He is such a smarty pants! When he doesn't understand something, or we need to tell him something that he might not understand, we use Google translate. Let me just say that Google translate has been amazing!! It is such a life saver! We just type in what we want to say and this lady translates it back to him in Russian. We have had to use it less and less over the past two months. Luke understands English way more than he can speak it right now. I know this because we will ask him do to something or carry on a conversation with him and he will reply with the few English words he can say followed by motions and sometimes a little Russian thrown in there. Think of his speech more like a blender. He combines what he knows in English with charades and Russian thrown in there as the seasoning.  It has been fun and interesting to be his personal interpreter. But he is coming along really well. Here are some phrases and words he knows and says a lot (this is great so I can remember what he has said!):
  • "Luke is sleepy", "Luke's not sleepy", "Mommy's/papa's sleepy/not sleepy", insert name sleepy/not sleepy :) This is his favorite sentence to say I think! Like he will be almost asleep with eyes closed and everything and he will wake himself up and say "Luke's not sleepy!" Haha! 
  • "Coming" such as: "Luke's coming" or "insert name's coming"
  • Hot, Cold- He will say "Luke's cold" or "Luke's hot." He will also say our names and say we are hot or cold. Most of the time if he is hot, he will say, "Whew, Luke's hot!" 
  • You start to notice the things you say all of the time when Luke says them pretty often. Examples of this are:
    • "Whew"
    • "Kabooie" (for when he falls over or runs into something)
    •  "Aw man" 
    • "Uh oh"
  • Daisy and Lucy (our doggies) have been a great help in expanding his vocabulary as well because they are always getting into something. 
    • "No, no, no daisy/Lucy!" this is always after they have chewed up or were in the process of chewing up a helpless toy left on the floor. 
    • "Daisy, Lucy come here!"
    • "Be sweet Daisy/Lucy"
    • "Daisy/Lucy sleeping"
  • "I love you" I will always say to Luke, "guess what?" and he will say "I love you!" I did always say, "guess what? I love you!" and now he just says it half way through. It is super cute!
  • "Be sweet" he has learned to use this in different contexts. Like be sweet to friends, momma/papa, daisy/lucy. Ok, so one day we were outside and he was trying to squish a rolly polly. I said "Luke, be sweet to the bug." You know, cause the little rolly polly was just minding its own business! Well, when we came inside, I found a roach. I screamed and squished it with the closest thing I could find. I then flushed him down the toilet so he wouldn't be in my house. While the roach was going down the toilet with Luke observing the whole process, he says to me with a concerned and sad voice, "Momma, be sweet to the bug. " Bah ha ha ha! I then tried to tell him the difference between a roach and a rolly polly but I'm not sure he got it. To him they are all just bugs! :) Oh well! 
  • Animals/insects:
    • bugs, bird, gorilla, monkey, giraffe, squirrel  
  • He knows food words:
    • Milk, juice, water, ice cream, cookies, cheese stick (the stringy kind), orange, banana, apple, soup, ketchup, chicken, ranch (dressing, he loves salads), cheese, peanut butter 
  • He says, "hi" and "bye"
  • We have taught him to say "Please" and "Thank you"
  • "Stinky"- "Daisy/Lucy stinky" etc...
  • Random words:
    • "pictures," "book," "big," "shoes," "little," "baby," "hammer," "screw," "saw,"  He loves to be a carpenter! 
He unscrewed his toy all by himself! I was doing something and went to the porch and found his toy in pieces! He tried to put it back together by himself but needed some help at the end. He is too smart! He would unscrew everything in sight if I would let him!! :) 

He LOVES to hammer!

  • Social cues he has picked up:
    • high-fives
    • hand shakes
    • waving to say bye or hi
    • being sweet to friends and not getting all up in their face when he is trying to talk to them. 
I know there are a few more but I can't think of them right now. I need to keep updating all of the words he says so I can remember. I hope you have enjoyed our process. I will try to be more regular in the updating department! 

1 comment :

  1. Sarah! I just loved this post. It's so fun to learn while watching your family. Often times when I pray for you guys, I wonder what it's like to have a child that speaks a different language. Sounds like you guys are doing a GREAT job and it's so, so encouraging! Luke is so blessed (as are you all, I know). Thanks for sharing how everything goes.. it gives us "future adoptive parents" answers and exciting things to look forward to!