My, How You’ve Grown

Little Red, now four years, one month, one week and one day old, is getting so grown up. Trying to finish off the year, our primary secretary was trying to find another child to give the last talk of the year “Oh, Little Red would LOVE to!” I volunteered (I was right, and he did so well the older children applauded when he was done.) Last Sunday he bore his testimony (not the first time, but always so sweet.) In addition to refining his public speaking he has been working on becoming a scientist, asking many very astute questions. The other day, while looking at a picture of a rabbit with two front teeth, he queeried, “how do rabbits eat carrots if they only have two teeth?”

Boy Blue is also growing and developping. He is both taller and thinner than he appears; mid-week last week (only halfway through that wretched illness) he was 33 inches tall and only 22 pounds. I suspect he lost at least another half pound before he started eating again. It’ll be awhile before he no longer appears emaciated to me. (But we sheared the boys last night so at least his hair is in better proportion to his body now!) He’s less than three months away from his second birthday and I’ve been preparing myself for “the talk” with his pediatrician and the referral for speech services — we’ve been very actively encouraging him to speak but he’s pretty lazy in that regard. I’m not concerned, the same thing happened with a little friend of ours and the speech services he is receiving have made such a remarkable difference! I see the same pattern in Boy Blue as I did in Logan. These younger siblings of such vivacious first borns (Little Red and Kyra) haven’t had much need to develop their words as the older ones speak for them, and the parents understand without words. Boy Blue has decided to spend all his cognitive abilities in perfecting his physical feats. He can climb anything. He can reach anything. If we are cooking he will go to the other room, get his chair, and carry it to the kitchen so he can climb up and observe us. (He also climbs bookshelves but I think we have extinguished that behaviour. I hope so, anyway!!!)

I look at them both, so grown up and amazing, and I hardly know how to feel. I love these grown up people, they are my friends, and I marvel that at one point they were little floppy dolls who had once been inside me. It is so easy to forget my trials when I am with them — they are such wonderful blessings.

7 thoughts on “My, How You’ve Grown

  1. Always growing, always changing! Sophi is just past two and has just started really talking with actual words, not just grunts. She has always communicated well, but has not been too concerned with using words. She says a couple new ones every day, it seems. He’ll come along too, I bet!

    Thanks for sharing your love of your family!

  2. I guess Little Red is not an easy act to follow, but it seems like Boy Blue is certainly holding his own. Soon Boy Blue will be giving talks with the best of them, just like Little Red. I bet Little Red would be amazed at what rabbits will eat with those teeth. Not just carrots but bark, twigs, buds… (sorry, the gardener in me had to speak up).

  3. Please understand that I am not in any way telling you to NOT go for the speech services, because I sure can’t speak for your situation. I just want to tell you that as the mother of a just turned 6 year old who hardly said a word on his 2nd birthday. (I seriously mean that he had maybe a vocabulary of 5 words), you would never know it now. Samuel was the same way. It has only been in the last 2 months that he has been speaking in sentences and he will be 3 in March. I did have Michael evaluated for hearing and did the initial meeting with the speech therapist when he was two, but didn’t feel it necessary to any further as his language exploded shortly after that. As you know, there are no speaking issues there!

    OTOH, my sister’s son wasn’t speaking, well into his 2’s. She had him evaluated and worked with a therapist for a while. To this day, (he’s almost 10) she doesn’t really know if it was the therapy that helped or if he just matured into speaking. She does feel that it helped HER though. She felt like she was doing something proactive, and it of course gave that additional one on one interaction with her son.

    I know there are great benefits to speech therapy and there are many people out there doing WONDERFUL work with kids that otherwise would be struggling. I just hope that with all this knowledge that we have access to, we don’t worry more than we need to, or create more stuff for us to do.

    When the time comes, you’ll know what to do. Three months is a long time in toddlerhood. 🙂

  4. Thanks for reminding me that things will get better in the child rearing of life! I know you didn’t ask for it, but I have an opinion on speech therapy. Take it with a grain of salt. This is just my experience. London was watched closely, as far as speech development goes, from her birth because she was born with a cleft palate. When she was 18 months, the only sounds she could make were “un” or “on” so we started speech. She only had it for 3 months before we moved to Hemet, was re-evaluated, and found that she was actually AHEAD in her speech. Now she speaks more clearly than any 3 year old I know. I’m sure she would have eventually caught up. I know speech therapy helped her a lot, but I think it helped me more. Now I know what I can do to help her speak well and also what I can do to help the next one with his speech. I’m so glad we did it, if only for me. Plus, I know that in LA county (because that’s where we had speech), you can be assessed through the Regional Center and get free services. I don’t think you have anything to lose, especially since it’s free! Like I said, take it as you will. You know what’s best for your children, of course. That’s just my experience and I get excited to share successes.

  5. mothers amaze me.

    so do children.

    i’m glad they can pull you out of the blues just by being. they’ll get that in return from you tenfold, i am sure.

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