Last post I mentioned that Levi’s physical therapist wanted us to try disposables for a little while to see if it positively effected his base of support.
I did what she asked. We used sposies (disposables) for nearly a month. I thought for sure we were going to fall in love with the convenience of throw away diapers. No. I hated it.
Mostly I hated buying all those diapers!! I hated watching the pile dwindle down and the inevitability that we were going to have to buy more soon. We bought a new box every 10-ish days! Granted, we were using Seventh Generation diapers in size 4 so each box only had 50 dipes in them. If I had resolved to get jumbo target brand then only 1 box would’ve been enough. I’m no crunchy granola mom but I do like to choose as natural a diaper as possible and even then I’m sure there are more Eco friendly options. Every time I spent $20 on a box I kept thinking I could’ve bought a new cloth diaper or maybe 2 used ones! I was happy to return to cloth last week.
I did notice a difference in how he walked, so I made it my mission to try some other, less bulky, cloth diapers. Most of my stash is Bumgenius and a few Kawaii Baby. I sold 11 of my cloth diapers and bought 13 new (to me) other brands from the various swaps on Facebook. I really enjoyed THAT retail therapy
The brands I bought were: Bottom Bumpers, Itti bitti, Peachy Green (including a Fishnoodle & a Bright Star Baby which was their old name), and Swaddlebees. I also want to try Charlie Banana, Apple Cheeks, Grovia, and Thirsties. If you know cloth, you can see I chose diapers that are sized rather than one size that I had. I read that buying sizes greatly reduces the bulk in the butt and between the legs.
It will take a while to really consider and decide about each diaper, but I have a long hiatus coming up (6-8wks looks like) and I plan to take good notes on each brand and review them! Stay tuned! In the mean time, enjoy these adorable photos of Levi in the Bottom Bumpers!
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Levi is doing well! He is imitating more and therefore working on his expressive language. He try’s to make the sounds of words after you say them. He can initiate and say: all done, tree, mama, dada, dog, down, kiss. As I list them I am more impressed in his progress! He says other things too after you say them like bubbles or Elmo. We still use a lot of sign but usually with some sounds too. We are trying to get him to make the various vowels with a consonant. Example: he says ‘Puh’ for up but won’t say pee, po, pa sounds. I’m definitely pleased with the progress. Some of his success I attribute to some recent brain development that we notice as well as how awesome his preschool is!
He still gets PT once per week for 45 mins. They work on motor planning skills like how to execute a series of body actions to do something. She sets up mostly obstacle courses for him and I find them adorable and funny. I see this skill developing more when we are at the playground. The sequence in which he moves his body are much more connected now.
Last week, the PT said his base of support was still too wide and that it should be much more narrow. She thought the cloth diaper was hindering because of the bulk between his legs. We put a disposable on and we did see a difference. His stance was more narrow and his steps were bigger and more forward than swinging out to the side. If that makes sense. She asked us to use disposables for a week and see if it made a difference. Our apt is tomorrow so I will ask what the consequences are if we don’t want to stop cloth diapering. Side note: the cloth did not cause this problem. As with many things, a normal developing child (average child) is unhindered by the bulk of the cloth. However, it can hinder a child already struggling.
He still does this once a week for an hour. I’m not sure what they are working on and if he still needs it. I should ask her next week.
We tested everything and couldn’t recreate the hives. With eggs he still got the mouth rash. Apples and cantaloupe produced no symptoms that we could see. We couldn’t do a full test of peanut butter because he would eat it. The few times he did he had runny/puffy eyes and nose. Same with the peaches. The allergist told me to give him a ring with the results and he wants to see Levi in about 3 months. We haven’t tested the other half of the panel and I’m sure we will discuss the results of our trials and whether or not these allergies can/will strengthen over time.
Ah.Maz.Zing! I’m so happy with them! Levi is learning so much and really doing well with more hands on attention and learning! They work with them on being independant! They serve themselves snacks and drinks as well as throw their trash away. He is so good about clean up and has been ‘helping’ more at home. We have also been taking the cue from them and encouraging him/challenging him more at home. Helps with the tantrums when he has a job to do! The school had an open house night last week and I enjoyed taking pictures of the pictures!
The slide show has images from the open house, Physical Therapy, speech therapy, and allergy testing apt.
This morning was Pickle’s speech therapy assessment. The therapist was from the same company as the Child Development therapist. They always start off the same~ asking about my pregnancy, his health and any issues. She gave him toys to interact with while she asked us so many questions. Its hard to remember them all but she asked things like can he say any words meaningfully, babble consonants, attempt to say simple words, follow simple commands, make animal sounds, say yes or no, point, recognize objects and body parts… things like that. And the short answer to those things is no. He can’t.
I always am diligent about keeping up with what he should be able to do for his age from the early intervention website HERE ever since all of this came up. Here is what they say:
In speech development, typical 18-month-olds can:
Use 10-15 words spontaneously
Attempt to sing
Say “No” meaningfully
Gesture to express needs
Name one or two familiar objects
Developmental Red Flags For 18 Month Child Speech Delays
Not using at least 15 single words
Not beginning to use 2 word phrases
Not able to follow simple instructions
The red are things he cant do. He doesn’t have any words he uses spontaneously (just saying them out loud to nothing in particular). No attempting to sing or even imitate any words or sounds we make. If he is in a mood to try, its always “aiye” kind of sound, repeated. Even if the word is duck. He can name no objects. The red flags are self explanatory. I made the “follow instructions” bullet point orange because she did ask if he could follow simple instruction and our answer was “kinda”. He can follow a command if it is a simple object that you point to and he can see, and put it somewhere he can see or bring to you. Example: Levi, get that ball (pointing) and give it to me (hand out). He couldn’t, however, follow a command of things out of site. Example: Levi, go get a diaper. I don’t even things you could ask him to go get a ball if there wasn’t one in sight.
She said he was pretty behind. More like a 9 month old. I was shocked! So I looked at the early intervention site for what 8-12 mo olds can/should do. They say:
Most 12 Month Olds can:
Say “mama” and “dada” (nonspecifically)and 2-3 words besides “mama” and “dada”
Imitate familiar words
Understand simple instructions
Recognize words as symbols for objects: car points to garage, dog barks
Babble single consonants
Shout for attention
Demonstrate an understanding of some words by gesturing or pointing
Developmental Red Flags For 12 Month Child Speech Delays
No single words
No gestures or imitation of gestures (waving, clapping, etc.)
Not beginning to recognize common objects orpeople
This is where I saw he is performing just under a 12 month old. Of course he knows his name and can babble mama & dada. And he knows who we are. But he cant call us by that to get our attention or if we suddenly come in the room, therefore its kinda nonspecific versus meaningfully. No imitating and, again, the instructions bullet point is orange for the same reason I listed above. He cant point to things you name, especially in real life. Sometimes he can correctly point to a ball or shoes in a book if you ask, but a few minutes later he is pointing to everything and you’re not sure if it was a fluke or not. No babbling consonants except for dada and sometimes “shhhh”. Definitely lots of shouting! LOL! No waving hi at all. Now pointing…. thats new… like as of ONE WEEK AGO! Another tell-tale sign that this child is a solid 6 months behind… just as he was cognitively and physically when we started those therapies.
There are a lot of good things, though. Pickle is very social and she recognized this right away, saying that this isn’t a question of confidence like many other children delayed in speech. She said cognitively he is right on and doing great. There is no concern for a diagnosis of anything other than developmental delay. We have been operating with this assumption/evaluation for a little while now but every confirmation is another sigh of relief. Of course she said that he needs speech therapy. I don’t know how often or how long until she writes her report but she said this could take a while since he is so behind. But, she doesn’t know Pickle. She doesn’t know the progress he can make once therapy begins. I hope to be pleasantly surprised as I was with his fast progression in physical therapy.
Lastly, we talked a lot about what we should focus on at home to encourage his speech. And we talked a lot about signing. She was happy that he signs so well… and learns it so quickly… but we all kinda got iffy on if we should stop teaching him more signs. It isn’t encouraging his speech. And why should he try to communicate verbally if he can more effectively communicate with signs and gestures. We didn’t come to a definite conclusion, but I will be researching it more and doing whatever is necessary to help him. Some of you may be thinking “its not like he will never talk”. Of course…. and those comments are ones I have had to deal with all along the way. But the older he gets he will only get more delayed. How could I forgive myself if I just waited it out and a few years down the road it was effecting his ability to progress in school? Or we get to the age where children can recognize those different than themselves and tease? Not to mention how much more difficult it is to get service after 3 years old. So instead ask yourself if you would be pursuing the same avenues as I… and I think you would say yes.
On this path, his delays and struggles have shown me that common objects like walkers and jumpers, though not the best, are fine for the average developing child. But they can hinder a delayed child. Even the subject of healthy educational methods that many parents swear by like Montessori methods and the above mentions sign language are not the best for every child. Montessori wouldn’t work for him because he doesn’t learn through exploration like the average developing child does. And obviously sign could potentially further delay verbal speech. I really feel that I have learned, first hand, that a good parent must recognize and accept that our littles will dictate what is best for them. And we need to listen. And sometimes that may mean accepting that your child isn’t exceptional… but I don’t mean that in a bad way. It means accepting that the best methods for teaching, learning, socializing, potty training, and parenting … even when based on the recent research and leading experts and blah blah blah… are not always best for your child. That’s my child and I love him.
Thank you for traveling this path with us. We will get there! Wherever “there” is!
Today was our 15 month well-baby and I was glad to have it. Pickle awoke with some sort of reaction going on! He had terrible welts on his shoulders and a little on his chest. We looked for bug bites but couldn’t find any. Pickle didn’t seem to be bothered by it. By the time I got to the Pediatricians office, the welts he had subsided some to red spots but now he had welts on his legs, lower back, and a little on his hands. The Dr. said it had to have been something he ate but he had only nursed so far that morning and I didn’t eat anything out of the ordinary. Last night’s dinner included some things he doesn’t often have like cauliflower and chicken gravy all part of a casserole. And the Dr. said that would’ve been too long ago. Anyway, his breathing was fine so he got a dose of Benadryl to stop the reaction. By the time we arrived at daycare, all that was left was some slightly red areas. So weird.
He weighed in at 23.5 lbs and was nearly 32″ tall. That’s 58th percentile for weight and 72nd for height. Head circumference was 19.5″. I still decided against the shots, for now, especially because of the reaction which the Pediatrician agreed with. She really recommended we start giving some of them at the 18 month well baby in February. I think I will be ready by then. He is making such great progress that there is little concern about them triggering anything. Ill need to go back to the Dr. Sears book and see which ones I want and which ones can wait. I’d like to get past 2 years old for some of them. He hasn’t had any reactions to vaccines before, but I want to take precautions, especially since he isn’t the most advanced child and does show sensitivity to food at least.
As far as therapy goes, he is doing really well in PT (physical therapy). He can walk now but doesn’t use it on his own to get around. Only does it when prompted as a game or practice. It wont be long I think. He had a re-eval yesterday though and they said he is still pretty weak in the right leg and hip. When he is encouraged to lead with that leg, he collapses when bearing all his weight solely on that leg. The left leg he doesn’t. They want to continue with 2x per week and would prefer 3x per week to correct issues faster. Once he is walking continuously, its harder to correct some of these issues. You can only fine tune after that, pretty much. I don’t really have anymore visits though so I have been on the phone with Regional Center, a national government provided service for families to get the help they need for their delayed and disabled children. They can kick in when insurance is up, but Pickle isn’t as delayed as he was originally so I wont get as many visits. But, my insurance can release another 28 visits at the start of the new year so worst case scenario, he will have to wait until then.
The Pediatrician was asking about Pickle’s speech. He can only say “mama” and doesn’t even attempt to imitate any words you say with him. As well as he is doing, he still doesn’t imitate. So, she said by the 18 month well-baby, she wants him to be able to say 5 words which is the minimum for that age (doesn’t have to be clear, but it has to be a consistent word relating to something). If he cant, then off to speech therapy we go. I don’t think we will reach the end of therapy for a while. It’s hard, but I am so grateful there are services out there and that he can get the help he needs. It’s just so exhausting.
Preparing the nursery is the epitome of nesting. I remember folding and refolding clothes, rearranging drawers, agonizing over whether or not I should have the cloth diapers on top of the dresser, or in the drawers… le sigh…
Then Pickle came along and I hardly used it except for nursing in my glider. He didn’t start sleeping in his crib until 7 months old. He was in our room all the time until I felt we were both ready. I have to say I really liked the way we had the room set up for our infant. I feel like we made the best layout with all the large furniture. I’m so glad we took the time to paint his dresser, side table, and toy chest. Its a fond nesting memory . I knew it couldn’t stay this way forever, though.
Looks a little cramped because I took these photos as we started to move his room around. But you get the idea.
It wasn’t until we started going full steam ahead with Pickle’s therapies that I realized his room needed to have a big change fast. And thinking back on it now, if he had been mobile at the average age of 7 months (rolling around at least), I would’ve had to change it back then. Around 11 months, I realized his room did not encourage exploration at all. Nothing challenging. Nothing to pull up on or sit near. No toys visible to catch his interest. How could I foster his developmental growth in a room like this? I couldn’t, so it had to go.
First thing was that I HAD to get rid of this awesome, yet bulky, dresser/changing table. The drawers were starting to be quite empty too as I started to run out of hand-me-downs and his wardrobe became more limited. He also wasn’t pooping, peeing, and spitting up on his clothes anymore so I didn’t need to have so many. I didn’t want to get rid of the dresser entirely, especially with the time and sweat I put into it while 23 weeks pregnant. I wanted it for other babies, too, so it went into the guest room next door. I replaced it with a cubby style shelving unit from Ikea called Expedit for $70. The width of it was perfect to keep the changing pad on top and I used the buckles to buckle it around the shelving (since I NEVER leave my little one on the changing pad alone). I kept my basket of “baby things” full of my cloth diapers, washcloths that I use for wipes, and hand sanitizer. I found an awesome mod circle organizer by Boon for $20 in that awesome color. It properly holds all my table top diaper & changing needs and lessens the risk of Pickle flailing and knocking everything down! I loved the orange so much I decided to use it as my pop color in the nursery, taking it from subdued color palette into a more stimulating environment without doing much.
All the cubbies provided plenty of space for all of Pickle’s new toddler toys. I also got the fabric baskets from Ikea named Kusiner for $5 ea. Green/blue and red/orange matched perfectly! On the bottom, Left to right, I organized them like so: (1) Wooden building blocks. Including the adorable wooden block cars that are “Melissa & Doug” brand. (2) Anything ball related, which happens to be Pickle’s favorite basket right now. (3) The “B. Toys” drum play set that has all his musical instruments in there. I was a little disappointed with this toy… the instruments it came with are just wacky rattles. I like the tambourine one… but I thought it was going to be more like real instruments. (4) Puzzles! Most of the puzzles he plays with right now are simple and wooden. Mostly Melissa & Doug brand. A favorite basket too. The upper cubbies are holding random toys and have plenty of space to add more toys.
Pickle seems to like that he can see what’s in them!
Next, we needed a dresser to replace the big one. We purchased this awesome reddish-orange one from Ikea called Brimnes for $109. Its perfect size for in the closet! I made the top drawer daycare clothes, 2nd drawer is weekend clothes (cute outfits I dont want ruined by being dragged through grass and mud), 3rd drawer is sheets/towels/diaper wet bags. It all fits great! Clothes that hang are sweaters. Next to the dresser is a hanging mesh organizer, also from Ikea, called Fangst for $5. Its not full yet but its currently housing my collection of Baby Legs (which is A LOT! maybe 20 pair??), anything swim related like cloth swim diapers & bathing suits, burp cloths in another spot.. and that’s all I think. Room to grow . Up above on the closet shelf is a bin of the next size clothing and some toys that he is too young for, and a bin of books to rotate.
Pay no attention to the other half of the closet… that’s where Mama hides her fabric addiction
The crib got moved to the corner and I moved any shelving away from it that might aid him in climbing out. He hasn’t yet… but its a matter of time. We may be switching to a floor bed soon, actually, to encourage his independence and eliminate the hazards of falling while trying to climb out of the crib. Its a Montessori philosophy and he already naps on a floor bed that was the pack and play mattress. Wanna know more about floor beds? read THIS. If or when we do it, I’ll make a separate post. Back to the crib. I did put a little $4 organizer on the side of the crib and put a variety of toys, little books, lovies in it so if Pickle wakes up and wants to play he has an option. So far he hasn’t noticed the mesh pockets. Under the crib, I put 2 flat pop-up baskets that were $8 ea. They wouldn’t slide under the crib, though, because there is a cross bar. I’m not sure if the bar is there so that babies cant crawl under or if it is a construction thing. Rather than remove it, I unscrewed 1 of the 2 bolts on each end and twisted the bar so the longest side was out of the way! The extra 2″ allowed the baskets to slide under with no problems! All his blankets are in one box, the other houses disposables that we use at night.
Hoping this might busy him some on the those early risings
My glider moved from the corner that the crib is now in, to the corner where the closet is. It opens the room up so much. There is a new 4 cubbie Expedit beside it for $40 housing all stuffed animals and lovies, books, and a basket of imaginative play toys like Fisher Price “Little People” and fake felt food.
Just above, hanging on the wall is the wooden clock my MIL got in Italy from Giapetto’s Workshop! I love it! The pendulum is a little birdie!
Lastly, I moved the spare chair out, put the long mirror that was upright laying down instead, and put his toy chest under it. Currently, the toy chest is empty! But once he is old enough to play with the amazing Melissa & Doug train set he got for his birthday, all the pieces will go in there!
The letters on his toy chest are also from Giapetto’s
And there you have it! Our toddler room for our not-so-baby baby boy