Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Catching Up

So obviously a lot has happened in the last month and a half, so I'm just going to jump right into it. First, Steven had his 1 year well-check. It went pretty well. He's a very healthy little boy! He weighed 22.18 lbs (41st %tile), was 30.75 ins long (81st %tile), and had a head circumference of 18.25 ins (50th %tile). He had to get 4 vaccines which was not fun. I always feel like he looks at me incredulously after getting those, like "how could you let this happen to me??" The only thing that the doctor was worried about were his communication skills, which are basically non-existent. He's doing really well in every other area (motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, etc) but he does almost nothing in the way of communication. He barely waves, he doesn't do any of the baby signs we've been working on with him for around 5 months, and he definitely isn't even close to saying any words. It's extremely frustrating. The doctor said that she wanted me to come in and fill out another developmental worksheet at 14 months, and if he still hasn't made any progress at that point, we'd discuss options. So far, we've got nothing.
Besides that, just a couple fun things that have been going on - we finally got Steven a suit and he looks so handsome in it. We haven't really gotten a good picture of it yet, but here are a couple anyway...
TJ's been working with him a lot on playing the djembe. He also got 2 egg shakers which he loves playing with. We're pretty sure he's gonna grow up to be a percussionist.
Here's a picture of him and me on Mother's Day
So I know I might get some flack for these pictures, but I just think they're adorable. And I am not cutting his hair. I might trim the sides a little sometime soon, but I am not cutting those curls off. I think they're the cutest things ever.
Last of all - some pretty big news - he's finally walking!! Well, more like waddling, but it's progress. For a long time, we could only get him to walk if we were holding his hands. Then, all of a sudden within the last two weeks he went from me seeing him take his first step by himself, to taking about 11 in a row a few days later, to doing it all the time (when bribed with food), and now he will just get up and walk sporadically for no reason at all. We had a video of him doing this, but for some reason, I can't get it to upload, so I promise I'll post it later!


Wilson Family said...

so good to have an update and see some recent pictures!!! super cute as always and those curl pictures threw me cause i don't feel like his hair is always curly...or is it??!? just not used to seeing him like that i guess.
oh, and love the picture of you and him on mothers day. lovely.
and so great that he is walking!! talking will come. and then he'll start to say stuff like 'no' and yo u'll wish he wasn't talking again ;) so enjoy it while it lasts

the Mom said...

Finally, another update! :)

I've honestly started to think that questioning a toddler's ability to "communicate" is the new fad among doctors. Seems mostly ridiculous to me, and I wouldn't worry too much, at this point. Like Kell said, he'll figure it out.

Love his suit and tie! Such a little man. And the Mother's Day picture is great! You look *good*, Julia! :)

Of course you know I'm going to love the three drum pics, especially the middle action shot. Nice job on that one!

Clay and Katy said...

Love the second pic of him in his suit...totally looks like dad to me!

And the drum pictures are great...love his blue eyes too!

Yay for walking!!! So fun to see them hit/reach those milestones! We had speech issues with Jack too but it came when he was ready and I am sure Brody is going to be the same way. It will happen! And Kelly was right...then he will start telling you 'no' :).

Jennifer said...

SOOOOOO CUTE! I miss you guys!!!

nana said...

Steven's curls are adorable! I cannot wait to see him again -- in person, I mean. I am so thankful for your posts and the miracle of the internet! I feel badly that grandparents used to not be able to "watch" their grandchildren grow up unless they lived quite near.

Nathan & Marlese Seaver said...

What a cutie! I love his curls! Hooray for walking!!! I need to see you sometime! It has been forever... I mean seriously like a whole kid ago! Haha I'll let cha know next time I'm down that way