Thursday, September 25, 2008

Good Food, Clingy Baby and Speech Therapy...

1) Good Food! While in Texas, Zack and I either had junk food, snacks or ate out for EVERY meal. We were given a credit card from the company we were working with for food, since meals were not provided (well, edible meals- but that's another story). So when we got home, we wanted some good country cookin'! Zack is an excellent cook and can whip up anything! On our first night back, he made country fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and biscuits. It was delicious...


Zack's plate- he thought it looked the best since it had more gravy and pepper.


2) Clingy Baby! Zayde has been extremely clingy since we've been home. He has wanted us to hold him non stop. But, that is fine with me!! I'm enjoying the extra hugs and cuddling. This is him loving on Zack before he had to go to work this morning (hence the nasty, cut-up tshirt.) Zayde did NOT want Zack to leave. He has cried every time one of us has had to go somewhere.


Zayde now officially has way more hair than his daddy! =)


3)Speech Therapy?? At Zayde's 15 month check-up, his doctor asked how many words he was saying. Well, he actually said, "So, he's saying Mommy and Daddy plus 5-10 other words. Right?" NOT! I informed his doctor that he said ZERO words, not even Momma or Dada. The doctor was not very concerned at that point, because Zayde had just gotten tubes in his ears, and he felt like he was hearing better and would start picking up on words faster. He told me that if Zayde was not saying 5-10 words (other than mommy and daddy) by 19 months, to call back. So at 19 months (3-1/2 weeks ago) I called back, because he only said 4 words other than Momma and Dada. The doctor recommended early intervention speech therapy and gave me the number for an early intervention speech therapist. I received a call from her today, and we will have his consultation visit on Monday. However, he has learned several new words over the past few weeks- he is now up to about 10 words (he'll be 20 months in 6 days.) I am curious to hear from all of the mom's who read my blog how many words your child was saying at 19, 20 months. I know several babies Zayde's age who are already putting together 2-3 word sentences. I'm trying not to worry, but it's hard knowing that your child is behind in any way. I guess I'm more shocked than anything, because I really thought with my preschool that, if anything, he would be advanced. I have not worked with him near as much as I would like to, because I have 3 preschoolers who I'm trying to get ready for kindergarten. I've been doing so much with them, I guess I've neglected my own baby!

Anyways, I've been told, "Go for the speech therapy, what could it hurt?" And, I've been told that it's ridiculous for a 20 month old to be in speech therapy. What do you all think?? How many words did your 19-20 month old say?? I look forward to hearing your thoughts, opinions, advice, etc.!

23 comments:

The Disheroons said...

Don't sweat it. I had Noah tested for speech when he was three because he was mispronouncing some sounds. They just gave me a few things to work on with him and now at 7 you could never tell he had any speech issues. His teacher says that he is very smart and wish more of the kids were like him. Andrew my youngest wasn't even saying momma at 2. Now at four you would have never guessed he was slow to talk. Just ask anyone that is around him for any time at all. He has an excellent vocabulary. It never hurts to have them tested but at least from my experience some kids just start talking when they want to or when the need is there. I wouldn't worry at all. I am positive he will be talking before you know it.

Brandy said...

I really don't remember when Jordan started saying a whole lot, but it was probably around that time 19-20mos and it has just exploded after that! I do know that right after she got her tubes (at 10 months), her speech really started to pick up a bunch, almost instantly. I don't think I would go for speech therapy this early, but obviously that is up to you. My mom told me I didn't speak even remotely clearly until I was 4 years old. Maybe he is just taking it all in! If you've noticed an increase in his vocabulary, I'd say he's fine, but it might make you feel better to go, so I don't know.

Brandy said...

Oh, I have a friend who has a girl, 6 weeks younger than Jordan who says FARRRRR less words that Jordan...but I don't think she's in need of speech therapy, I think she is just a quiet child. I think all kids are just different....but what do I know?!

Brandy said...

I meant 6 weeks older...sorry

Jessie said...

Yeah I think he is just on Zayde schedule. Even with my kids they were both so different, they all get it in their own time. But in the meantime a little help could hurt, as long as he's havin fun with it and not feeling any pressure. No matter what he does or how he does it remember he is God's perfect design and different from anyone else. Love ya girlie!!!

Jessie said...

I meant Couldn't hurt nor could hurt him, sorry!!!

Kim said...

Mmmm!! That food looks yummy!!

Dagan will be 18 months on the 28 th and he says 7 words. He can say Mama, Dada, Bubba, Yes, No, That, and Bye. He does jabber alot, but I have no idea what he is saying! I would not worry about it much. My oldest had to get tubes in his ears when he was 16 months old and before he got them he was not talking much at all, but within a few months he started saying alot of new words.

Mandy said...

Those pictures of Zack and Zayde are so sweet! It looks like he missed you guys tons!! Sometimes when I hear other moms talking about how their kids can count to 10 or whatever, at Tayson's age, I worry too but I try to remind myself that he will talk when he is ready and that all kids learn things at different ages. It's like some kids learn to walk at 7 months and others at 17 months, everyone is different. Tayson says probably 20 or so words but the majority of them start with a "b". He seems to pick up on "b" words really quickly. However, that really hasn't been until the last month or so. I know you are doing wonderful with him and he will be talking your ear off before you know it!

Leah said...

Okay...first don't stress. You know that Zayde's speech issues are in God's hands and that everything will be okay. Just another opportunity for you to trust!

Second...you are an early childhood teacher, and you know that early intervention is a great thing, but only you can decide how early it needs to be! I don't think you've neglected your child because of the others. You are a loving mother and are doing the best you can with your sweet boy!

Hang in there! Glad y'all had a good trip to Texas and that you were able to go and help out! That's awesome!

Leigh said...

DOn't worry. My oldest, who is 18 now didnt say mivh of anythig until he turned 2. He said mom and dad (occasionallY) but not much else. He preferred to point to things. After he turned 2 he wouldnt be quiet. I think all kids mature and develop in their own time. I wouldn't worry. If he was three, then I would suggest a therapist, but otherwise.....dont sweat it. I think it being a first born na da boy, they talk later. They are not learning from siblings and parents tend to answer for them. Boys-well-you know they dont say much because we woman do the talking.

INcidentally, my daughter started talking at 6 months. Sentences. It was bizarre. She had no hair was just a wad of a thing speaking sentences.

DOnt worry!


And I am sad I didnt get a dinner invite.

I am so proud of your service in Texas.

THE PIXLER'S said...

I wouldn't worry about it to much. My doctor says that boys just learn at a slower pace than girls. My boys didn't really start to talk a lot until around 2 years. They could say the typical very small words, but other than that nothing really. Kadence can talk better than some 3 year old kids that I know. She started talking before she turned 1 and she can string sentences together most of the time better than Konner. I really don't think it is anything to worry about, all kids learn at their own pace. You should do what you feel is right for you child though not what everybody else tells you to do. You will know what to do. Glad you are back safe and everything went ok. I had to laugh at the (always a birthday at your house) comment. The only reason it seems that way is b/c 5 out of the six people in our family have b-days between july 27 and Sept 20. Have a good weekend.

becky said...

YUMMY, that food looks soooo good! Does Zack fry his own chicken? Glad that you guys finally made it home. I bet it felt so good to sleep in your own bed and take a nice hot shower!

Cindy said...

First of all, you have not neglected your baby. They all learn at their own pace and I'm sure you're doing fine.
My first was saying sentences at 20months, my youngest one is saying words that are hard to understand and he's almost 21 months. I try not to worry, but sometimes wonder if he will need speech. A friend of mine's little guy had tubes and it delayed his speech and he went to speech therapy and caught up. He was older than 20 months, though. I don't think there is anything wrong with speech therapy or using it at a young age, but it's really up to you as to how early you go.
Oh, and your meal looks awesome!

Jessica said...

I can offer no advice on the speech therapy- sorry. BUT! Zayde does have more hair than Zack. Ha, ha! Cute pictures! : )

Can't wait to get together on Saturday, sista! : _)

destiny said...

I'm so glad you made it home safe and sound! I know how glad you were to see Zayde--and how glad we was to see you! The pictures are sweet!!!
That food look delicious!!! Yum!

Campbell Crusade said...

I agree with the others.. I think he is totally fine and just on his own schedule! I can't remember exactly, but Julie was saying just a few words at that age, then by 2 1/2 she finally started putting sentences together! And it was all of a sudden that it must have clicked with her. I would at least give it until he's 2 then re-evaluate his vocabulary. He's obviously a smart boy.. more words will come with time. I'm sure you do, but just talk to him alot. As he hears you saying words and sentences he'll really pick up on them. Books are also really great-reading to little ones is very stimulating. You're a great mommy, and I'm sure you're doing all the right things.. It'll come very soon, I'm sure!!

The Holloway Family said...

I have A LOT of experience in the whole speech department! :) I started worrying about Brooklynn when she was 15 months old (which was the time her vision started going bad), and had her evaluated at 19 months (her doctor never worried, but I did) but she wasn't far enough behind for therapy. We waited until after her surgery (2 and a half) to have her re-evaluated. By that point she had such a rough year that she was very behind. We went through early intervention as well, and she saw Donna Edgmon in Springdale. I absolutely loved her and she was wonderful with Brooklynn. Her speech has improved a lot. So my advice is if he qualifies, go for it! It won't hurt anything, and the sooner you start the better!

The Holloway Family said...

I almost forgot to add that you should never blame yourself! I can see that you are an absolutely wonderful mother AND teacher, and I know you're doing more than enough to prepare him. Kids really do learn at their own pace!

Julie said...

The dinner looked absolutely wonderful!!!! Makes me so hungry!!!

I hope Zayde's speech therapy works out!!

estes5family said...

how could you even consider yourself being neglectful? you're doing a great job! i agree with pretty much every post. relax and let him start talking on his time schedule. we all anxiously await the "talking stage" then trust me when they are 5 you wish they had a mute button! i'm sure the tubes have helped and he'll take off soon.

Cassie said... said...

go with what you think is best. It's won't hurt him to have it, so why not try it for a while and see if you notice a difference?

pinkmommy said...

Don't worry about it. Boys are always slow talkers. I remember my little brother did not say a word until he was 2. When he finally did decide to start talking, we couldn't get him to stop! :)

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