Yesterday while driving home from school I had 3 kids in the back seat. We brought one of J's friend home with us and the kids were laughing and talking. There were 3 cute little voices speaking Dutch all the way home. And do you know why I celebrated? There were three voices speaking Dutch. Our daughter has been refusing to speak it. We knew she was understanding more and more, and she's been using some words here and there. However, this was the first time I have heard her say a sentence. She said multiple sentences in her sweet little voice with a way better accent than I have. The best part of it all is she didn't even realize she'd switched. It was truly the most beautiful sound I've heard in a long time!
Today we had another one of those moments. We went to the school a bit early for their afternoon assembly. Our kids' school teaches the kids to speak in public from the youngest age (2.5) and every few weeks they have an event. J was the speaker for his class today and he read a story while his friends acted it out. The gym teacher (who is amazing!) came back to talk to me and tell me how much his language is coming and how amazing it is. I agree-it is truly amazing to think back 3 months ago. What sounded so foreign and indistinguishable is turning into the most precious sound as I hear my kids speak it.
I've even jumped in on the fun and had several visits to friends from school where I've been practicing my own language. I don't think it's nearly as sweet sounding as the kids but the other parents certainly appreciate it. So here's to many more words we can hear and actually understand!!!