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01/21/2015

Belle

We love brushing our two fancy teeth (and Mama loves when we have crazy hair).

We love brushing our two fancy teeth (and Mama loves when we have crazy hair).

Just a little Sabine update today: my baby girl is growing up! She has been playing pretend for several months now. Yesterday we pretended to put her stuffed animals to bed. We would lay them on the rug, put a soft pillow under their heads and then cover them up. I would say night night and she would pat their heads and back and then giggle hysterically. It was one of the first times we have “played pretend” together and it filled my heart with happiness.

Sabine is such a sweet, gentle soul. While other kids are running around wildly, she is sitting on the side putting hats on her animals and giving them hugs. She has started to tear off tiny pieces of toilet paper and hand them to her animals in an act that I’m pretty sure is her giving them “lovies,” just like I give her lovies. Sabine is different than a lot of other kids and I have to remind myself that this is ok. We are a week shy of 19 months and she still is not walking. She is totally capable of it, and we have even seen her do it once or twice, but she prefers to crawl everywhere, dragging an army of farm animals in her wake.

We also love to brush our ducky's teeth!

We also love to brush our ducky’s teeth!

I have a call into Early Intervention and am waiting on them to call back with our appointment to have her assessed. In the meantime, I am enjoying my sweet little kid who loves her farm animals with a passion, brushes her rubber ducky’s teeth, puts washcloth hats on her stuffed cats and giggles with wild abandon while trying to feed our real cats crackers and Mum Mum’s.

Where have your kids excelled? Where have they been delayed?

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  1. APE #
    January 21, 2015

    She is so gorgeous and sweet! I love getting updates.

  2. January 21, 2015

    She is so cute, and so sweet!

    Matthew was, and slightly still is, speech delayed. Early intervention graduated him last summer because he was caught up to “within a 25% or less delay,” but our private therapist still sees him. And he needs it… For a while longer. His therapist has prepared me for his graduation in a little while. 😉

    We had no idea how delayed Matthews speech was until Bryson started talking. He seems like a crazy good talker compared to Matthew, but he’s just normal. Ha!

    Both of our kids are giants for their ages, and are very strong and physically skilled. Their bodies do whatever they want, which concerns me. Lots of boo boos and broken bones in our future. Matthew was ahead on the basics (walking, crawling, sitting) and Bryson was not, but Bryson jumped much sooner, shot balls, kicked them, etc. much earlier. It’s so neat seeing their differences and similarities!

    I think Matthew’s a little less “mature” for his age – socially, which everyone attributes to his speech delays. He is not good at conflict resolution and uses his hands and body too much for his age. It’s a constant battle.

  3. January 21, 2015

    Skittle, my youngest one, excelled at army crawling. I mean, that girl could get around like it was nobody’s business. She could easily cross our 1500-sq-ft house in a minute or two. I’d never seen a kid move on her belly like that! However…she has been delayed in other gross motor skills. She didn’t crawl for real until she was a year old and, at 15 months, still has no apparent interest in walking. We had her evaluated by Early Intervention (or the WA state equivalent) when she was 10 months old because she wasn’t pulling to standing or using her pincer grasp yet and they wanted to do physical therapy, but I declined services. I try hard to trust my kid and have faith that they know best what they are ready to do. However…I also totally know that I’ll cave and have re-evaluated if she’s not walking in the next 3 months or so. It’s hard feeling like your kid is behind on something so major. 😦

    Sabine is precious and I love that she has such a sweet and gentle personality. I think the world can always use more of that. Hoping you get the answers and help you need from Early Intervention!

  4. January 21, 2015

    My oldest (now twelve) did everything early, crawled at 6 months, walked at 10 months, spoke in full sentences at 15 months. But she was always incredibly reserved/shy. She still prefers not to make small talk with strangers or really anyone she doesn’t see on a daily basis.

    My younger daughter (now eight) was delayed in everything. She didn’t sit up on her own until she was a year old, crawled at 17 months, walked at 29 months and finally talked when she was three. She started therapies at a year old to help her catch up. She has no muscle instinct. She has to be taught everything but once she learns she has muscle memory.

    The pics of Sabine are precious. She’s just beautiful, inside and out.

  5. January 21, 2015

    Both the twins were later walkers – Sabine and Abby seem to have being capable of doing things but just not doing them in common. Once she did start walking she walked across the room!

  6. January 21, 2015

    Griffin is still not walking and has finally begun babblung (mama and baba) but im not letting it bother me too much. His weight though is still under 10kgs despite an extremely healthy appetite but his doctors are now finally paying attention and are investigating. Its hard not to compare them to other kids but if you do too often you drive yourself nuts. I hope the specialist gives you some positive feedback and some solutions.

  7. heatherwallen #
    January 21, 2015

    What a cutey Sabine is! I love the pretend play stories and the TP lovies, too much. Our twins are now 20 months 2 weeks. Their early intervention assessment put them at a 30-35% speech delay and a slight cognitive delay and in the normal range for gross and fine motor. After 3 months of working with EI for communication generally, they were tested totally unrelated at the hospital where they were in the NICU for five weeks for gross and fine motor, communication, and cognitive, one twin (my boy) tested at or above in all areas except “low average” for speech and my girl tested at or above but low average for speech BUT for gross and fine motor combined in the FIRST percentile. She walked at 14 months adjusted, dances around, walks backwards, etc. but flunked on jumping, walking up and down stairs, etc. So I’m giving you a bit of a cautionary tale b/c from what I’ve experienced, different tester and test battery can give you TOTALLY different results. I don’t write this in any way to discourage you from working with therapists for EI though. We absolutely LOVE love love the person that comes to our house (huge bonus!) every week, and I know now that the fit has to be there between mama and therapist — ours has 2 older kids herself so I get kind of excited for her visits since she gives me awesome advice on parenting kind of generally whenever it touches on communication stuff. We will apparently be working with her soon or another EI therapist on their staff on gross and fine motor play for our girl, though I’m taking the results with a grain of salt. Try to grit your teeth through the slow grind of the testing, results, and action plan phase of things — I almost cancelled altogether since it took between 1 and 2 months to get everything in place. Feel free to reach out if you have other questions. Hugs!

  8. January 21, 2015

    Aw love those pictures 🙂 🙂 We didn’t do a lot of pretend play until they started school, I don’t know why, I guess I didn’t try? Suddenly they are into play kitchens, more than just curiosity like before, now they are cooking things for me, making soup, making eggs, etc. I love pretend play! That is so sweet how she tucks them in and gives them little lovies 🙂 What a cutie.

    • shinara #
      January 27, 2015

      I got a play kitchen for my little man and he kept trying to turn on the water and wondering where the water was…very frustrating!

  9. Loni #
    January 22, 2015

    My girl (now almost 2) has always been speech delayed. No words at all at 16m. When she was younger, she never mimicked or had “conversations” with is. I was a FTM and not worried because I was so happy to have my perfect child after 3 miscarriages. But once I started googling (you bastard google!), I convinced myself that her speech delay was part of a bigger picture and that she actually was on the spectrum. I’ve had her evaluated by an ASD specialist, EI and Childrens Hospital (all at different ages). She’s still diagnosed with only a speech delay (expressive) and didn’t qualify for EI services, so I pay out of pocket for ST. I’m not convinced that she doesn’t have an ASD and maybe it won’t become more obvious until she’s older. But for now her speech is behind which also affects her communication in general. Things are getting better with therapy. I think it’s good that you contacted EI. Sabine is adorable! My DD also has few teeth (only 8 at 24m).

  10. January 22, 2015

    She is so adorable! Molly was pretty good at knowing where her body parts were – nose feet etc but took forever in learning how to wave and say goodbye! Shes really good at colours and shapes buy cant count to 10!

  11. jesicabrennan #
    January 22, 2015

    She’s such a cutie! I feel like she’s actually really excelling at some mental stuff if she’s already doing pretend play at 19 months! Jett didn’t really start pretending until after 2! And I feel like Jett was slow to talk but once he did suddenly you can’t get him to shut up 😉

  12. Jay #
    January 23, 2015

    Aww, she is beautiful! She sounds like such a lovely, gentle soul. I think you are very lucky to have a child with such an imagination. Gauri has no delays to speak of—early days yet—only 9 months old. She hits most milestones at the early end of the spectrum, but that in itself means absolutely nothing in the long run.She seems to be very athletic and has endless supplies of energy (is forever exploring and exhausting every adult minding her) and loves interacting with people. Loves being read to and loves exploring and figuring out how drawers can be opened and hinges moved. My mom has expressed disappointment she is not talking intelligible words yet …argh…I apparently was at 9 months…..expectations are a bitc*h, really. We should just let every child be itself. While her personality is very sunny, it is also extremely strong willed, and she has a temper. I worry a little about how strong willed she is, and also how sensitive she is.Basically, guiding children with such a makeup through the formative years may need an extra bit of the tightrope skills that every parent has to have—I hope I prove upto the task.

  13. Witchmagpie #
    January 23, 2015

    My youngest daughter, Ari is 18 months old, and my eldest grandson, Soren is 21 months old. Ari has been slow to imitate our actions but is picking up speech rapidly. She is the most introverted toddler I have known, although not in an autistic sense. She likes social interaction, but on her terms. The only other toddler she likes or even acknowledges is her nephew Soren. She will interact and play with him. They are more like twins than aunt and nephew as they lived together from birth until last August.

    Soren on the other hand is more outgoing with his loved ones, but socially shy with strangers. And he is very delayed in his speech. It seems to be a hereditary problem that his father, paternal uncles, and paternal grandfather all suffered from as well. They all started speech around 3-4 years old and required years of speech therapy. He understands and responds much better to us when we speak (than Ari), but he cannot speak in return. He tries but it’s like there is something wrong with his tongue and he can’t do anything other than make garbled sounds (that are different sounding than normal baby gibberish). The pediatrician just recommended early intervention for him yesterday, so my daughter is going to look into it.

    I love the pictures and updates on Sabine. I know Mommy-hood is busy, so I don’t say this to pressure you to find more time to blog, but I really look forward to all your new posts. 🙂

  14. January 25, 2015

    OMG she is so adorable! I LOLed at the story of putting the babies to bed abs her cracking up over it. Love that baby girl! Keep us updated with the call into a early intervention. I’m so curious about that process.

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