Feb 13, 2014
It's been awhile since I wrote anything about my boys, It's been hard with my mom passing to talk about anything other that that. However, there has been other things going on and I have a few minutes before I start work so I thought I would try to get this done.
Back in October I had my boys evaluated by Early Intervention. I didn't think there was anything specifically wrong with either of them but my best friend who is a nanny thought that they should be doing and saying certain things by that time and she was starting to worry me with it. I talked to their pediatrician and she advised that she usually waits to the 18 month visit before determining if they should be evaluated but if I wanted to do, it was ok to get it started now.
Some of my friend's concerns were they were talking or saying 10 to 15 words back then (that was October which they were 17 months then). I thought it was a little unrealistic because I thought they were still too young but being a first time mother and with her experience I figured she knew what she was talking about.
The one thing I did notice was a difference between Michael and Alex. Alex is more focused, willing to sit and play with you, generally catches on so much quicker. He's not picky with his food, willing to try new things and takes direction pretty well. Michael on the other hand, is not focused, consistently in motion and picky with trying new foods.
After they were evaluated in October, it actually took so long to get their therapist in. They just started in January. Michael gets OT 1x a week and DI, 2 x a week. Alex only gets DI once a week.
They are both doing well with it, however, last week the DI therapist brought a behaviorist to evaluate Michael. He is recommending that we have a Pediatric Neurologist to take a look at him. He said just to be sure and have him checked for other issues. He said not to get overly worried, it could just be he is just delayed in development. So now we have an appointment next Saturday, the 22nd. I have no idea what to expect and I'm scared. That's why I asked if anyone had any experience with it and what you can share with me.
In the meantime, Alex is saying more words, playing make believe, and generally doing very well. Michael has tantrums due to his lack of communication but we are working on it with the therapist and they are slowing down since we started a month ago. He is not saying any real words but babbling up a storm. He loves peek a boo and love to hear the animal sounds while looking at the book. He has great eye contact but working on the focusing is what we are working on now. He does very well with the therapist sitting for 45 minutes (in his booster seat) but following along with her so I'm happy about that.
So ladies, I've been wanting to share all this with you but its been so difficult with everything going on. I lost it last week when they suggested taking Michael. All I could do was cry wishing my mom was here. I know she would make me feel better. I felt bad because my dad was here and I know I didn't make him feel better hearing me cry for my mom.
Anyway, for anyone can share their experiences with me, it would be great. I've spoken a few times to Donna (Kricket) and she's been very helpful.
Thank you as always for listening.