We are so excited to tell you that late last night, Katya was able to successfully make a "P" sound for the first time ever!! She was SOOOO cute today going around spitting it out at random! Sometimes she couldn't get it and other times she could. But it was neat to see how hard she tried, again and again and again.
When she first came home to us, if we would try to coax her to make a sound, she MIGHT try--once--very, very quietly under her breath. If she couldn't get the sound the first time, she wouldn't try again.
Gradually, her interest in trying to make the sounds became strong enough that Katya would try once, then twice. As more time went on and we continued to applaud and praise any and all attmepts, her confidence grew a little and her attempts became a little louder and she tried a little more often. Now she walks around freely making what sounds she knows, and has even started coming up to us, holding up her arms to be picked up and saying, "Uhh! Uhh!!" So if we can just get her to combine her excellent "UHHH" with her newly developed "Puh!" sound, she will have conquered her VERY FIRST WORD EVER--UP. Wouldn't that be sooo exciting??! I think so!!! And I bet Katya would too! Praying that the day comes soon!! Will you join us in praying for that as well?
Also remember to keep praying for Katya's health and for the details that need to fall into place for us in terms of lodging while in Baltimore etc. all fall into place. We would very much like to stay at the same place we did last time for a number of what feel to us like very legitimate reasons, so we are praying for that, according to God's will.