At 26 gestational weeks, after an amniocentesis and genetic testing, he was diagnosed with Diastrophic Dysplasia, a rare type of dwarfism.

Now 8 years old, our son Kai is happy, healthy, and enjoying life.

The purpose of this blog is to lend support and encouragement to others in similar situations and to share the tremendous experiences we've had and will continue to have as we raise our little, little boy.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Conversations with Kai

Following is a typical conversation I have with Kai every day around bedtime:

Me: Kai, let's go night-night.
Kai: No!
Me: Well, then, do you want a snack?
Kai: No!
Me: Do you want your juicey? (sippy cup)
Kai: Joosh.  Joosh.
Me: Here's your juice.  Where's your man-mimi?  OK.  Now are you ready to go night-night?
Kai: No!

We also often have this conversation:
Me: Kai, can you say, 'dada'?
Kai: No!
Me: Can you say, 'mama'?
Kai: No!
Me: Can you say, 'Ashy'? (big sister's name is Ashleigh)
Kai: No!
Me: Can you say, 'onomatopoeia'?
Kai: Eeeee.
Me: Can you say, 'Kai'?
Kai: No!

And this one is also classic:
Me: mooo
Kai: ooooo
Me: quack, quack, quack
Kai: wa, WA, WA (it gets progressively louder)
Me: arf! arf!
Kai: rar-rar-rar-rar
Me: (shrill horse whinnying noise)
Kai: Eeeeeeeeee! (incredibly shrill)
Me: Meow
Kai: ow

He does say mama, dada, and ash...but we've exploited that so much that he pretty much refuses to do it on demand.  Other words he knows: ball, owie, amen, thank you, juice, hi, hello, ta ta (as in 'goodbye'), ta-da, and all done.


Richins Family said...

I debated whether or not to teach Audrey the word "no" just so she couldn't use it on me. But she picked up on it on her own. Little smartie-pants.

I can only imagine how cute it is to hear Kai talk!! You really need to come and visit so he can pick up on some of Audrey's vocab. And we could go to the beach.

Danita said...

I'm surprised he hasn't learned the name of his favorite aunt yet.

You should get right on that. And just so we're not confused (not like we would be), that would be "Dani."