Junie has been in speech therapy through Babies Can't Wait for a few months now. Our therapist comes to our house for one hour once a week. Junie loves it and I have definitely noticed that she is "talking" more and more.
She had already been calling Michael "Bubba" which is what Jack and Ty called him until they mastered "Michael". It is easy for them to say and I think Michael is happy to have someone call him "Bubba" once again. It is a tad southern sounding for me, but we are in Georgia so "when in Rome..."!
During our spring break beach trip (pictures to come!) Junie started calling Jack "Wack" and Ty "Guy". We think it is too funny and tend to call them those names on occasion as well.
Junie cannot get enough of her "Guy" either and says, "Hi Guuuuuuuuuuy" about 100 times a day. She found a dollar bill the other day and was examining it and then said (and waved), "Hi Guy" to George Washington!
In the car recently she had a piece of paper and was tearing little pieces off of it and handing them back, one at a time, to Ty. Ty, however, was engrossed in his gameboy so every time she had to yell, "GUY! GUY! GUY!" over and over until he looked up, took it and said "thank you, Junie". And then she would do it again... and again. After many many times, Ty said, "well, let's just admit it, I'm her favorite!". And for the boy who was very reluctant to give up his "baby" status, it has been great.
She loves to identify things in the house as Bubba's, Wack's or Ty's. And she is never wrong!
Junie adores ALL her brothers and they are NEVER anything but sweet, loving and kind to her! It has been amazing to watch their relationships grow.
And we mustn't forget "GA GA" (aka: Daddy). She had been calling him "Ra Ra" which was especially funny when he would come home from work sometimes grumpy from the commute and it sounded like she was cheering for him. But now, it's "Ga Ga" (as in "Lady Ga Ga"!) which also cracks me up. When I said to her the other day, "can you say Dadda?", David whispered, "don't teach her that yet", so I think he's enjoying his nickname too. ;)
On a side note, just within this past week, I have been seeing more improvements in Junie's speech. Last week she said "bu" for book, but this week she says "book"! She is putting ending sounds on many more words and emphasizing them. Like "WaCK".
Junie loves to say "hi" to everything or anyone she can name. In a high, happy voice. EVERY school bus that ever passes us, "Hi buuuu" (still working on the "s" sound). "hi baby", "hi moon", "hi Wack/Bubba/Ty/Momma/GaGa" (even if we've been around a while!).
We are amazed at her progress on all levels. It's like watching a flower bloom right before our eyes.