Recently, Katya has begun whispering "ttt" and then increasingly louder, "TTT" when she wakes up and wants to go to the toilet. She will not get out of bed to go without "permission", no matter how many times we have assured her that she certainly can and may get up and just go whenever she needs to. However, evidently orphanage training must die hard--Katya even after over two years home needs must have permission to exit her bed to toilet each and every time.
So, for Charity, being awoken with a soft "TTTT" is certainly far preferable to being woken with whimpers! She sleepily says, "Yes, of course, Katya! Get up and go to the toilet" and then can roll over and keep on sleeping, rather than having to ask questions to try to discern WHY Katya is whimpering--does she need a drink, is she cold, has she just had a bad dream? Or does she need the toilet?!
So we are all happy about this, and then tonight while Paul and I were out walking, Katya came up to Charity and said, "Bbbbb". When Charity wondered what she wanted, because "bbbbb" isn't that enlightening, coming out of the blue, Katya took Charity and walked over to the bag of bread and pointed at it! Needless to say, Katya got some bread!!!
I think these are encouraging signs. I love that she is trying harder to communicate in any way possible with us! ;-) We were warned that because she had not communicated for the first 6.5 years of her life, she might never really be able to do well with communication. I think she has surprised pretty much all the "experts" with her determination and drive to communicate now that she knows we listen to her. What a brave and determined little gal she is!
Today we went to our church denomination's convention. This was a first for us, and we did enjoy it a lot. Katya stayed home with a baby sitter, as we knew that walking into a large, institutional type building with 100's and 100's of strange people would be terrifying to her. She pushed herself hard to go through VBS, last week. That was scary enough for her. This would have been even worse. So thankfully we were able to get the very first volunteer we ever had with Katya when we first came home, A, to come and baby sit. Katya is happy and comfortable with her, and did much better being at home with A. than she would have been with us in such a strange environment. We were really glad we made the effort to go. A nice change of scenery, some messages I needed to hear, the singing was great, and we saw faces of people we hadn't seen for a long while in some cases! Really glad it worked out--grateful again for A. and her care for Katya!