the 15 month check-up
My sweet Eli, who celebrated his 15 month mark the day after Christmas, went for his 15 month check-up at the pediatrician today. His “stats”: 75th% for height, 10th% for weight, 90th% for head circumferance. Yep, he’s still a tall, skinny, big-headed boy! Everything checked out well, and he got 2 shots. That was a big of a painful experience, but he seems to have rebounded quite nicely.
While we were there, I brought up the fact that he doesn’t talk. He just grunts. By this age, kids should have at least 2-3 sounds/words that they use in conjunction with an object or person. He does not. So, after checking his eardrums to make sure they were fluid-free, we were referred to a non-profit agency that evaluates a child’s need for speech therapy. I called the number, but they had to refer us to the one in our county, since the zones they work in are based off of school district lines. I’m expecting a call in the next 2-3 days to set up the inital appointment.
I was a little disappointed at first that it wasn’t a physical problem with his ears. I think I am drifting toward the tendency to blame myself for his lack of vocal development. I know in the logical part of my brain that A. boys develop speech later than girls in general, and B. it’s not because I don’t talk to him, or read books to him, or anything like that. But, the logical part of my brain is not nearly as large as the illogical/emotional part that is screaming I should have been doing more. I guess (yet again) I am overanalyzing. I need to just wait until he gets evaluated to start bashing myself! 🙂
My goal in even bringing it up was to be able to help him in whatever way he needed. If a little (or a lot of) speech therapy is what he needs, then that is what we’re going to do! I’m just excited about the prospect of being able to help him communicate. I know he gets frustrated when I don’t know what he wants, and I get frustrated too. It will be nice when he is able to vocalize what he needs without screaming… like he’s doing right now to express to Rachel that he wants the toy she has! Ahh… sibling love…
So, that’s the newest here.