wegoteachotheroutofallthis replied to your post: how about when the boys and addie and declan all get piccolo and meet him for the first time??
Anonymous asked you: Declan interacting with the family as he starts being able to communicate.
Anonymous asked you: teaching sign to addie?
Addie wakes Blaine up on the morning of Declan’s third birthday, hands on her hips, expression serious. “Is it time to get a dog yet?”
“Kurt,” Blaine mumbles, pushing on Kurt’s shoulder. “Go b-b-buy Addie a dog.”
“No, ‘m not hungry,” Kurt mutters into his pillow.
“And it’s not for me,” Addie says, clearly annoyed. “It’s for Declan.” She punctuates this by making his name sign, forming her hand in the letter “d” while making the sign for candy. His teacher says it’s because he’s the sweetest kid she’s ever met. Blaine and Kurt don’t disagree with her.
“What time is it Addie?” Blaine asks.
“Seven two two,” she says, looking at the digital clock.
Blaine cracks his eyes open again. “Is Declan up?”
“I don’t know. I came to talk to you first. I think he’ll be very sad if we don’t get him a dog today.”
Blaine rolls his eyes and grabs for his glasses on the nightstand.
“Come on, let’s go check on, on, on Declan, and we’ll let Dad sssss-leep a little longer.” She follows him out of the room and across the hall to Declan’s room. They find him kneeling next to his train table. Declan looks up and smiles when he notices them. He starts signing right away
Declan: Choo choo.
Blaine: Yes, choo choo. Breakfast. Eggs? Cereal?
Blaine: Come on.
Declan abandons his trains and runs ahead of Addie and Blaine down into the kitchen. He’s made remarkable strides during his first weeks of school. Having him immersed in sign language has made a big difference. Even within just the past week his communication has doubled. He asks for things, tells them things, and generally seems more interested. And as he makes more and more connections with the world, his personality is really starting to shine.
Kurt comes down halfway through breakfast, smiles at the kids as he pours himself some coffee, and then joins them at the table.
“So, are we going to get a dog today?” Kurt speaks, but he signs the word “dog” to Declan.
Declan’s eyes light up and he signs the word “dog” back.
Addie yelps in her chair and does a little shimmy of joy. Declan watches her and then does the same thing, clapping his hands and giggling.
He had put an application in with the local animal shelter a week ago and they were all cleared to pick up a Spanador puppy (a cocker spaniel/black lab mix) today. He’s two months old, black with white markings on his belly and face. Kurt knows that the kids are going to love him.
“Piccolo,” Addie says, and signs at Declan. Declan makes the sign back, which is basically miming playing a piccolo.
Declan signs that he’s finished eating and Kurt asks him to take two more bites. Declan holds up one finger. Kurt shakes his head and holds up two. Declan frowns at his plate. He takes a bite of egg, and then one more tiny bite of egg. Then he grins at Kurt and again signs that he’s finished.
Kurt rolls his eyes, and eats what’s left of the egg on Declan’s plate, happy that Declan can communicate that much with them. He thinks if things have improved this much in under a month, he can’t imagine what the difference is going to be by the end of the school year.
When they arrive at the animal shelter, they walk across the parking lot and Declan pauses, pointing to the sky.
Addie looks up to, and they watch as an airplane flies across.
“How do you say airplane?” she asks. This is their routine these days. Addie thinks of a sign she’d like to know and Blaine tells her, Declan learning along with her. Blaine points to the plane and makes the sign, both Declan and Addie repeating it.
When they get inside and meet the puppy, Declan is extremely gentle with it. They sit in a little room and get acquainted with each other while Kurt finishes up with the last of the paper work. Addie on the other hand needs to be reminded to use gentle hands. She keeps patting the dog on the head with a lot of force. Blaine knows she’s wound up right now, but he feels like the shelter worker is going to take the dog back right away if Addie doesn’t chill out.
Somehow they make it out the shelter with everyone intact, including the new puppy. Blaine carries him to the car, and the kids are delighted when he squeezes in the backseat with them so they can watch Piccolo while Kurt drives them home.
They spend the afternoon in the family room, where everyone rolls around on the floor with the new member of their family. At one point, Declan signs something and Addie doesn’t know what it is.
“What’s that?” she asks Blaine.
“That’s happy,” he tells her.
Her eyes light up and she looks over at Kurt. “Declan is happy!”
Addie makes the sign for happy, and then Kurt, and then Blaine, and then Declan.