I bring to you Maya, this morning, at breakfast:
She's had her hands on the app since Thursday, on and off. That's 2 days. The foundation is being laid.
My tough outer shell is all "This will take time. She will be slow to attach to this, and she might get frustrated. Don't force it, don't get discouraged. Don't get your hopes up."
But the tiny inner excitable part of me, the one that squeals like a little kid when snow falls or I see the ocean, is all: "It's happening, it's happening, she's already saying things, this could stick this could work." I keep trying to shut her up, so my hopes don't get too high . . . but, well, it's been a good day over here. At lunch I kept saying "Maya, we're eating broccoli and chicken nuggets." And then she would start tapping to say "cereal bar. Yogurt." I guess it's all about food :)
I'm cautiously excited. It's beginning.