The last few weeks have been ridiculously busy. DD’s birthday went fine all-in-all. As we have a small circle, that’s who attended. We had one group of not-so-close family that pulled out at the last minute but meh. They weren’t exactly missed and I won’t go into the drama involved with that group, at least not in this post. That’s a special post all its own, if I talk about it.
Well, of course now that DD is 2, we had her 2-year check-up. That went less than perfect. She is still maintaining her previous growth scale: 30th % for height (not surprising considering I’m six inches shorter than the average), 70th % for weight, and 95th % for head circumference. All of this is pretty much identical to all her previous placements. Unfortunately, she’s not hitting her speech milestones. Given that she has a history of ear infections, has had tubes put in and still has fluid behind one blocked tube, the ped wants to run a hearing test on her to see if she is even hearing correctly (not “is she hearing” because we are all fairly sure she has at least some degree of hearing, but more of what is she hearing?) She babbles a lot and has words that we can recognize but even the ones we recognize, the syllables aren’t quite there. In fact, looking at the average for a child her age and the key ones they should have picked up (including the famous “NO”), she isn’t there. She also doesn’t seem to recognize her name. Hard consonants aren’t a large part of her vocabulary and she’s not picked up many words that we do use regularly like “milk” or “juice” or “cracker” or “toy”. If we point to them or sometimes if we say them, she seems to recognize them but she doesn’t say them back. The other day she said something that I think I recognized as “I do” while we were playing with her toys but it came out sounding like “eye-ew”. It’s also the first time I’ve heard her putting ‘words’ together.
So Thursday we go for the hearing test and we are waiting for our local PEIDs program to call us back to schedule an assessment to see if she qualifies for early intervention so she doesn’t fall behind by the time she hits preschool down the road. I’m sure a large part will depend on if the hearing test has any results and what they might end up being.