Charlie’s communication has improved lately. A few weeks ago, she started using “Yay!” in context. She has since built upon that initial skill. Her progress was apparent throughout today’s activities.

During music therapy, she was more vocal than usual. She played with toy animals that are used for props during Old McDonald. She picked up a cow and said, “Moo”. Later, the therapist instructed, “Go to mommy. Find mommy.” Charlie turned, crawled toward me, and climbed into my lap.

Next, we had lunch after music therapy. I tore off and handed her a manageable slice of grilled cheese. Mostly, she gnawed and kind of sucked on it. Then, she dropped it by accident. Rather than scream, she signed “More” to me. I obliged and handed her another piece.

Recently, Charlie has begun trying to repeat simple words. Some times, she does it. Other times, it’s a valiant effort. She continued to do this most of today as well. Most notably, she correctly sang “La la la la” with the characters in a video during a song.

Later in the evening, she called for her dad using “Dada” and holding out her arms. It was her second word.

Days like today are wonderful. It is exciting to be able to notice leaps of progress. Now, if only we can get her to eat (taking food up to her mouth is a huge step in the right direction).

grilled cheese


About Rebecca Wood

In May 2012, my pregnancy ended three and a half months early due to severe early onset preeclampsia. This is my collection of thoughts and media. It is an attempt to document and discuss our experience of navigating the post NICU world. View all posts by Rebecca Wood

4 responses to “Progress

  • judy

    That is great! Such great progress! I know a lot of people have had good results with baby sign language. We did teach Stephen a few signs, but he never really relied on them to communicate. Maybe we did it wrong? I don’t know, but I’m so happy to hear Charlie signed “more” in the correct context!


  • Alex/From Silence to Symphony Music Services

    I’m so glad that Charlie is making progress in learning how to sign and speak! I don’t believe there’s such a thing as “little” victories – it’s all a matter of perspective. Charlie putting food up to her mouth is a victory.

    Charlie is so lucky to have you as her mother!

    I was also born premature – I was born 25 weeks premature and weighing 1 pound 11 ounces. I spent almost 7 months in the NICU at Children’s Hospital. During those 7 months, I had classical piano music playing through the speakers of my incubator. Here, I believe, my passion for the piano and music was born. I had an operation done to take me off my respirator – besides some scaring on my vocal cords, a few scars and a unique accent, I have no other indicators that I was born premature. When I read the stores of other premature babies, I truly consider myself blessed. I believe that I was given the opportunity to spread the joy of music with all individuals.

    Keep up the awesome work! You’re an amazing mom.

    From Silence to Symphony Music Services


    • woodra01

      Charlie loves music too. We use jazz to soothe her (for some reason jazz works best). She also participates in music therapy. It has helped so much with her sensory issues and integrated with her PT/OT. I am not sure why but sound seems to make the most sense to her.


  • Alex/From Silence to Symphony Music Services

    It’s so awesome that Charlie loves jazz music. I’m glad that music therapy has helped her with her sensory issues – music truly has the power to heal lives!


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