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Old Dec 2nd, 2012, 17:02 PM   1821
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Hi Ladies! THanks for all the nice thoughts about my knee. I too believe that there will be something less invasive in the future. They are already having some progress with injecting your own stem cells into the cartilage, so hopefully with supplements I can keep the pain away and then in 10 years they will have perfected the injections! It's so hard recovering with a baby. My knee is still all swollen so I hobble around slowly and have to be very careful with it. It's hard to pick her up. Meanwhile I can't drive so that stinks too. Oh well, I have a feeling that in another week the swelling will subside and I will be moving around a little better!

Great pics hispirits!!! I have a feeling it truly is a boy!!

So glad the controlled crying is going well for everyone! I tried to put giada in the crib for a nap the other day and she would have none of it. She just doesn't understand it is for sleeping. She was all excited and thought we put her there to play with her. Then got upset when we didnt come back in for a while. Finally we put her back in the swing and she went right to sleep. I just wish she would fit in her swing forever, she loves it.

Claire I am so jealous you have your christmas stuff up already!!! Dh put the lights up outside the house an we pulled some boxes out, but that is it so far. Good for you for getting your stuff early and now you can enjoy it!

I can't believe conor is walking trixie!!! That is pretty young!!! Giada will stand for a second but then always squats down to crawl.

So I am a bit concerned about autism again. I found a checklist that can be used for 6-24 month olds and they found it to be about 75% accurate. I took it last night and giada didn't score well on it. There are three areas and two areas she was in the "no concern" range, but she was on the low end of normal, so not like she was above and beyond on those parts. On one area, the communications area, she was in the concern range. She is very engaged with us- only with people she knows though which I think is ok. She smiles and giggles with dh and me, follows us around the house, and has good eye contact. She loves loves loves my mom and is very engaged with her too. She isn't a cuddly baby as she doesn't want to just sit there and be cuddled by you, even if she hurts herself, she would rather be on the floor moving around(well she cries to be picked up and then wants to go back to crawling), but she will sit for feedings, before bed, if you are reading a book or doing patty cake etc. She also looks over a lot while playing with her toys to see if I am watching. She does not smile at all at strangers, but I think that is ok? The things that gave her a low score are:
she doesn't wave
she doesn't point to things
she doesn't follow a point
she doesn't show me her toys
she doesn't hand me any toys etc
she doesn't nod her head yes
As for the pointing and nodding. I don't do this either. Does this come instinctively? Trixie I know you said conor is pointing. Did he learn it from you or do they just do it? I have never really pointed with her til last night and i don't really nod my head with her either.
I also watched some videos on the autism website and she she is definitely more engaged than some of the at risk children in the videos, but acted more like the atypical child rather than the typical child on certain things- like following a point, handing/showing a toy to mommy, or if they said "where's mommy" the baby would look at mom and giada does not. However, these infants were 12 months old and she is not even quite 11 months yet, so maybe things will change in a month. Physically she is doing ok as the dr told me she may be delayed due to her weight, and she seems pretty average. She has been crawling around since 8.5 months and is cruising the furniture well now. THey did show a video of an at risk 10 month old who would not respond to her mom calling her and she was squirming away from her sister trying to hold her- she just wanted to be on the ground. I'm sure giada acts like this sometimes as sometimes she is on a mission and does not respond to us. Most of the time she does respond. Do your babies respond to their name every single time? Or just most of the time? I guess I will bring it up with my pediatrician at the 12 month appt, but do you guys have any thoughts? I know they say to trust your gut and truthfully I would have thought she was fine if it wasn't for reading things online and doing that checklist. She doesn't act like an autistic child as she is very engaged/social with us. I do think she still acts like a baby though more than a toddler. She constantly makes noises and still blows raspberries sometimes. She still loves her froggy jumperoo thing, especially the eyes that spin, but she also plays with all of her toys. She also just started rocking back and forth which worries me, but she doesn't do it for long. And she babbles but no proper words yet. She says mama and dada but not to us. Just babbling. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I'm hoping it is either nothing at all or just a slight delay and she will catch up. Thanks for any insights!

here is the website for the checklist if anyone is interested
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q...vRBN80W4abzdcQ

and the scoring:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q...Kx-NiA4GgXlGhw



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 07:38 AM   1822
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God I'm not going to do the test Conor only points this far!!!!
Don't worry Stranje she is fine, just like Conor...
He doesn't hug....
Wave, blow kisses, only babbles mama and dada

We are teaching him oh oh but he doesn't say it proper yet but can get the tone!

He only learnt to point in the past week or so and that's from us shaking our hands and waving the finger shouting no if he climbs at the telly! He shakes his head from side to side but isn't meaning no he just does it! He doesnt nod!
He understands I'm gonna get ya!! And crawls away!
He cries if he doesnt want cuddles or lifted and at the same time cries if you don't lift him! We call him mr up down!!!
Seriously she is developing normally.... Wait till 15 months cause at that stage you should see more concerning patterns.... Conor is strong but we took his walker and swing and jumperoo off him at 6 months do he constantly on the floor.... Do that and you will see a difference in that area
Also I'm constantly singing talking and babbling with him and telling stories and he still hasn't copied most of it!

All he understands is the pointing and are ye dancing? And I'm gonna get ya! Other than that he just plays away himself! Oh and he doesn't hand me toys he just chucks them at me!!



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 12:36 PM   1823
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Hey stranj, hope your knee is feeling better soon. Does giada sleep in her crib at night? At least you know she'll sleep in the swing, as you say, shame she'll outgrow it! I would also say I really don't think you need to be worrying about giadas development. Of all the things you said gave giada a low score, Erin can only wave, none of the others. And waving is hit and miss, the only person she does it consistently to is daddy. Erin is also very engaged with us but is so solemn with strangers she never smiles, just stares and is a bit wary. I realised I never nod or shake my head for yes and no, and Erin doesn't do it. I think that it is copying adults not instinctive but I could be wrong. She does respond to her name (and munchkin oops!) but not always. They all do things at different times. Try not to stress yourself hun xx



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 22:52 PM   1824
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Happy holidays!
Hope everyone's holiday season is going well so far. Sorry I've been out of touch so much. Between lots of computer problems and the girls running me ragged I've had hardly anytime to breathe. The girls are both crawling like crazy and cruising along surfaces. Cassandra is getting close to being able to stand on her own (she'll occasionally do it for like 8 seconds). They are beginning to show me some of the baby sign language signs (although not when they mean it, just when they seem to want to say something). Sorry I haven't read through all the posts, Stranje I did see your concerns about Giada and honestly, neither of my girls do any of those things yet either. Well I guess Heather will clap and sorta wave. I wouldn't worry too much about it. I cannot believe the girls will be a year old in a couple weeks. It's crazy! I included one of their Christmas pictures (they refuse to smile when there is a camera around I swear!) Heather is on the left and Cassandra is on the right. These were taken in November when they were about 10.5 mos.

I'll try and check in more often. Really hope everyone is doing well!



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Old Dec 4th, 2012, 11:18 AM   1825
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Stanje... all babies do things at different points.. if your really worried i would mention it at her next drs appt.. and the dr will tell you you need to be worried.. but i dont think so.. some babies dont walk till after 1.. they are all soo different.. hugs and i think she is perfect.



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2012, 15:16 PM   1826
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Ah tobaira they are so so cute!!! Glad you are all well x



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2012, 19:08 PM   1827
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Oh Tobaira it was so great to hear from you!!! What an adorable picture! I often think of you and wonder how you are doing running around after two!!!! I don't know how you do it! Thanks for checking in with us. Have you fully recovered? I hope so!

Thanks so much ladies for all your thoughts and support. It is good to hear that you think she is doing fine. She really seems fine to me, she just doesn't do some of those things that she is supposed to by now. I guess the one that worries me the most since it is not one that is really taught, is showing me her toys. I saw videos of 12 month olds holding their toy out for mom to look at. Does anyone's LO do this? And if so when did it start? I can't find much info on when this should happen, just that it is a very important one by 12 months. Although I think it is more important if they are not progressing verbally. Giada is not super advanced and saying lots of words, but she does a ton of baby babbling so she is not behind verbally for her age. I think they really start to worry if they have zero babble AND are not pointing, showing toys to mom etc. But I sure would feel a lot better if she just showed me her toy!! She does look at me all the time while playing, and follows me around like a puppy dog, so I guess that is a good sign. I also realize she is using some gestures, just not the ones mentioned. SOme article said grunting in a gesture to get your attention and playing horsey She does both. WHen she wants more food she grunts and bangs her hand on her high chair...like she is being raised by vikings or something lol. Hoping she will catch on to pointing instead! Anyway, thanks for all your input. It makes me feel less concerned!
Dreamer giada sleeps in her pack in play still at night because she is still in our room. So sad we will probably be moving her after her bday Ha ha giada also responds to pumpkin and sweetie pie. For a while I think she thought her name was sweetie pie. Now we try and use her real name too!
Ouch giada just bit my knee!!! At least it was the good one. She just got another tooth. Anyone else have a biting baby. I feel like every two days I get painful nibble somewhere!
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Old Dec 6th, 2012, 19:44 PM   1828
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Tobira so nice to hear from you.. happy your doing well..

How is everyone.. excited for christmas!!



 
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Old Dec 7th, 2012, 09:41 AM   1829
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Conor bites too!! I just say to him don't eat mummy and he laughs!!! He does point but not to anything he wants just at random lights, tv and nothing!! He does show me wat he is holding as if he wants to give it to me but doesn't but I wouldn't even ask that in my one year reviews . I just ask are they babbling? Pulling to stand? And are they still on formula! The 2 year review is much more in depth!
We follow Mary Sheridan developmental steps as a base for our reviews so I'll dig it out later and tell you wat we look for in the 1 year review! In northern Ireland health visitors go to the home to do this sp you can tell of a kid is behind or not really by watching them play on the floor while mummy talks to you!

I'm so excited this Xmas even though it's tinged with sadness too... The triplets would be 2 on Xmas eve but hey ho I have to be excited for Conor!

I made the Santa hands dreamer! I see you wer going to make them too on the Santa grotto? Mine are grand if I do say so myself!! I'll put a pic up later... On my phone now cause Conor asleep in the living room and I'm afraid to breathe!!! The house is in silence!!!!



 
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Tobaira the girls are gorgeous what a cute pic. I've got my professional shots now so when I'm on my pc ill upload.

Yey trix glad they turned out well. I've made 4 as a trial, I only oven baked them at 50 as I was scared they'd be ruined but had to take them out to go to bed si they are air drying to finish. They look great, need to paint them still. Want to make more as going to give them to family. Would love to see a pic of yours. Will post one when I'm done too.

So sad trix, I'm sorry for you not only that it happened but that it did at Christmas. Get conor to give you lots of cuddles when you feel saddest xxx



 
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