Sabrina's new favorite book is "I Love You Stinky Face". I happen to love it, too and constantly tell her "I love you, Stinky Face!" She repeats everything these days, but due to her speech delay and issues with pronunciation and articulation, it comes out as "I love you stinky bitch" when she says it. Because she uses B sounds instead of F sounds, and "ch" sounds instead of "s" sounds. I probably shouldn't laugh, but I do. Because it's funny.
She had her end of program evaluation and unfortunately, she didn't graduate because the child is still terribly difficult to understand. She scores well above her age group in WHAT she says - she uses full sentences, uses tenses properly, pronouns, everything is way above her age level except that pesky issue of putting the right sound with the right letter.
I'm extremely thankful for the program Early Intervention has offered, but now she'll have to receive services from the school district because she'll be 3 years old in August. Which means she will have to attend a special preschool for 45 minutes a couple mornings a week. And? Cue mom guilt: I'm not sure how I'm going to pull that off. Chris and I both work full time, and attending her speech therapy sessions once a week is hard for me. I do it, I leave work after being there for only an hour and half, go spend an hour sitting there to make sure Sabrina doesn't hit anyone or have a complete meltdown, then go back to work. Then pick up kids a few hours later. Which means my day gets all choppy, I have to schedule meetings around the therapy which isn't always easy, and just miss a chunk of work that I really need. I go to work early, far earlier than any preschool will be open and the one she would go to is near our house, not my work. I'm just waiting on the information to see how the schedule would look, but I'm not sure we'll even be able to take advantage of the services because of our work schedules. Which admittedly, my employer has been and will continue to be flexible, but there is only so far I can push it.