How Did I Know That There Was Something Wrong? R3 Turns 4

How is he 4?  Let's forget my panic that I have about him getting older and the developmental delays that make him seem younger when he is the size of a 5 year old.  Lets forget for a moment that its still somewhat acceptable to be strange and to be inappropriate at 3, but at 4?  Not so much.

No. What I can't believe is that he is so OLD.  He will always be my squishy little boy, my biggest baby.  He was born on Halloween and was the biggest baby in the nursery (at nine pounds) and he was my first VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean).  When he came out the nurses said, "WOW!  He's a little bigger than we like to try to VBAC!"  After two hours of pushing, I'm sure my look was something like Bitch, please.

He was such a lovely baby.  I had zero concerns about his development.  He smiled and interacted appropriately, he said his first words at 12 months, and was right on track.  In retrospect, he was a little quieter than he should have been.  Yes, he babbled.  He wasn't interested in the LONG nonsensical conversations that babies have with themselves and everyone within ear shot.  That is probably the only early indication that we had that something was off.

The next indicator was that he didn't progress with his word development.  He did get a couple more, but it took months.  By the time he was a year and a half, I had him receiving services through infant and toddler.  Its lucky that I have the training that I do, because many people told me that nothing was wrong.  Over and over in fact.

My best advice to you is to listen to your heart.  If there is an internal warning bell (or someone that you trust) saying something is wrong, you have two options.  You can call your county (or city) Infants and Toddlers Program, or you can speak to your Pediatrician.  I will say though, call Infants and Toddlers.  Ask your Pediatrician all the questions you want, but get that ball rolling because it takes months.

Do you have any questions? I am happy to help if I can.  You can always leave a comment here, or through the contact me field.  I am pretty good about returning emails, and Facebook comments.


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