It's such a cliche that time flies when you're having fun but it is so true. Elijah is 19 months old and it feels like he's been with us for years. Once in a while I like to look back at pictures of him and compare how he has changed. Since I was doing that for myself today I thought I would share on the blog as well.
Usually I'm a procrastinator but this year I decided to decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. Eli spent last year's decorating in his play pen watching but this year he was in the thick of it. And then he got to help Grandma Kris with her tree later that day!
I also got Eli's stocking completed! After putting it off for a week or two (there's that procrastinating tendency) I crocheted the entire thing over about four days. (I got the pattern from this website.)
One of the greatest aspects of South Dakota living is playing in the snow. Last year, Elijah was too small to really enjoy it, so after the first snowfall of the year (almost 6 inches) I bundled him up in his snow suit and took him out. It only took a couple days for the snow to melt, so I know Eli is looking forward to the next batch.
So we didn't actually meet with a speech therapist yet. We met with a very nice woman from the local Birth to 3 program to see if we qualify for speech therapy. She tested Eli's hearing and we did the Denver Developmental Screening Test. Eli is above his age group in everything except verbal. He understands a lot just doesn't communicate verbally. He doesn't even really use "mama" or "dada" although he most definitely knows who we are. Because of this lack of words, we qualify for him to see the speech therapist. However, I chose to take two months and work with him myself. We'll try sign language (he already knows the sign for cookie and we just started an hour ago) and other suggestions Karin left with us. If he doesn't speak or sign a minimum of six words by the end of January we'll for sure be seeing the therapist. (The six words don't have to be "real" words- they can be "Eli" words as long as he uses them consistently for the same object.)
As one of our friends pointed out to me, Elijah is really an observer. He watches other kids and adults for a long time before attempting it himself. For instance, he didn't climb the playground equipment at the park the first several times we went. He contented himself with playing in the rocks and watching other kids. Now he can climb like a monkey. I'm sure this is another aspect where he will talk when he's comfortable with it.
I'll keep everyone updated as Eli starts talking more.
He already has his own cell phone and babbles into it.
Today Elijah and I ventured to the doctor's office for his 18 month check up. Aside from his shots (which we are done with until kindergarten now thank goodness), it was a relatively easy appointment.
1. We got updated stats and percentages.
Height: 2 ft 7 in (12th %)
Weight: 29 lbs 2 oz (84th %)
Because his weight percentile is so much higher than his height, this skews Eli's BMI to pretty high. But like Dr. Becky said, he doesn't look fat so nothing to worry about.
2. Developmentally most toddlers have about 10 words at 18 months. Eli knows LOTS of words, but he doesn't speak them. He babbles a lot but doesn't use his words to communicate. However, the boy does know how to get his point across. Because I spend all day every day with him, I know what he is trying to say and so he's not required to tell me. Dr. Becky and I agreed that is most likely why he isn't verbalizing as much yet. If I tried to have him tell me what he wants, he merely gets frustrated and cries. I do spend most of my day talking to him, reading with him, and telling him the words of the world around him so I know he is getting the information. The doctor did recommend meeting with a speech therapist just to get some tips on how to help him verbalize more so we'll be doing that in the coming weeks. I suppose I should enjoy this quiet time now...
3. During our recent vacation, Eric and I started discussing Eli's constant congestion. I have been congested seemingly all my life, so it is no big deal to me but Eric had some concerns so I talked to Dr. Becky about it. She said as long as it's not affecting Eli (and it doesn't- he sleeps and breathes just fine) there is no reason to worry about it. On the other hand, she had no problem with us adjusting his diet (i.e. removing wheat or dairy) to see if that could be the issue. Perhaps we'll try that eventually but for now, a humidifier in his room and warm baths will do.
After the shots, Eli got a new book and some stickers which perked him up quite well. But he still avoids those nurses as much as he can.
As Elijah gets bigger, and spends more time playing by himself, I'm trying to find hobbies to keep myself occupied. Before our trip my hobby was the busy book and since we've been back I've taken up crochet. Thanks to various books, YouTube videos, and websites, I've gotten chains, single crochet, and half double crochet stitches down.
So far I made a scarf for Eric and one for myself. Eric is encouraging me to crochet a Christmas stocking for Eli. I have the pattern and yarn, but haven't yet attempted to start the stocking. I'm working up my courage to get it going. And I would like to make a scarf for Elijah as well.
Below are the links I used to learn crochet and patterns for scarves I've made.