Saturday, March 18, 2006


Wednesday: The Wild Boy went to the doc for his 15 month appointment. It seems the soy milk is doing well. He's up to the 50% percentile for weight, which is just short of miraculous. Doc asked me if he had 5-10 words. "No." "How many does he have?" "None." Doc started in on the speech therapy spiel, pressuring me while saying she didn't want to place any pressure on us about it. "But getting these things resolved early is a good idea."

Thursday: WB came home from school to Mommy, who said, "Hi!" He responded back, "Hi!" Double take. Was that a word? Sure sounded like one. Not only that, but it sounded like a completely different voice -- not gibberishy but clear and clean. He said "hi" seven times that night, all in the context of greeting someone, waving, or repeating after someone who had already said it.

One down, 4-9 to go?


Anonymous kr said...

This always happened to us, too--Is she crawling yet? No ... but then she did the next day. It's like they read our minds: "Oh, you wanted me to do what? OK! Here!"

Boy, that speech pressure "without putting pressure on" is so true. Although our oldest had a few words at 5-9 months, she then went verbally "silent" when she started walking at 10 months. But she understood everything and developed a very complex personal sign language, with grammar.

I eventually gave in and took her to an amazing evaluation at the university hospital, with 4 or 5 specialists over 2 hours. The only thing they said might be holding her back, after evals and blood tests, was that her jaw muscles weren't strong enough--as a first-time mom, I wasn't feeding her things that I thought she would choke on like carrots and apples, but apparently (duh) kids need to excercise chewing. Who knew?? (Since _I_ choke on carrots, I started her on apples first ;). ) And of course at 2-1/2 she started in talking a million words a day ...

Having a worried pediatrician is good for forcing an exception through the insurance rules for such an incredibly expensive experience, though ;).

She also had "failure to thrive" (stopped growing) at one point, which was a very scary vitamin b-6 deficiency that my alternative medicine self (who tested fine for B-6 after the pediatrician knee-jerk said it must be my breastmilk's fault--ah, because it is _always_ the mom's fault) lays squarely at the feet of vaccines. Luckily it does not seem to have recurred.

Hard at the time, though!!!!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Update: today, he added "up!" to his repertoire. Complete with hands in the air. And context: as in "get me out of this high chair!"

3:21 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Sounds like Wild Boy's vocabulary is limited to Peter Gabriel album titles.

I was kinda hoping his second word would be "low" or "bye".

2:22 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

May I offer some unsolicited parenting advice? In my experience, children start to go downhill as soon as they learn the word "no." Try to delay that as long as possible.

6:39 AM  

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