Saturday, December 31, 2011

A toddler is like a ghost

Living with a toddler is like living with a ghost. Things are always just a little off and you can't always tell what's different. Things go missing only to turn up days later in a wildly unexpected place. Random hand prints show up on your walls and appliances. When you hear noises that you can't explain, it causes your heart rate to go up. When you can't see who is causing all the damage, you get worried. Stains being to magically collect. Your batteries always seem drained. Every now and again a smell will rub your nose and disappear. You will not know why that smell appeared or where it came from. Objects move from one side of the room to the other when you step out of the room for only seconds...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Walking and talking and day care, oh my!

My lil turkey decided to show off for her Nanny and Buppa. She repeatedly took 4-5 steps all over their house during our holiday vacation stay at their house. We were consistently shocked and delighted. And as predicted by her PT, her talking has dramatically increased. We're all so proud. Once again, I'm excited and anxiously awaiting her next PT session.

Tomorrow we interview a woman who is running a day care center out of her house. I've written down a list of several questions. I'm hoping it works out. I'm nervous, anxious, happy, sad. My big girl is growing up!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bad News/Good news?

I took Ellie to the pediatrician on Friday. She has a cold, with some fluid in her right ear (presumably that's the one the tube fell out of). Not contagious, or so we were told, but her daddy and I both caught it. The worst, however, was the weight loss. 16 lbs 10 ozs. The pedi tried to tell me not to worry b/c its a net gain, and since she's been sick own. her appetite has likely been dbut honestly I wanted cry. Looks like we're not about to lose the GI. She weighed 17 lbs at her last appointment, and she should have gained since then. So crushing and heartbreaking.

Ellie surprised the dickens out of me. I sat her on her stool and said "Stand up and walk to mommy!" AND SHE DID! I couldn't believe it. We did it probably 100 times. I recorded it 2 or 3 times on 2 cameras. To top it off, I let her hold my scarf while she walked down the hall. She basically walked on her own for the most part, I barely held the scarf at all. I'm so proud of my big girl! Of course now I'm worried that she got my hopes up and will never do it again.

Looks like her 7th tooth finally came through, poor thing. It was really bothering her today, she didnt want to chew her food at all. No cookies or goldfish, or she'd eat them on 1 side of her mouth.

At least she's feeling better.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Not really. That's why I haven't posted in over a month. She can walk, she just won't. She hasn't said any new words, just babbles. Speech therapy is going to be a long process, I can tell already. Tomorrow I'm considering getting her weighed in hopes of dropping the GI. The GI appointment isn't until the end of Jan (thought it was Dec but when I called, they said no appointment was on record). So my thought process is that if I get her weighed at the pedi, and she's 18 pounds, maybe we can tell the pedi to contact the GI and have her dropped. Pipe dream, I know.

Anyway, back to walking. The PT and I are still pulling our hair out wondering why on Earth Ellie is refusing to walk. She's physically capable, she just doesn't want to. The PT assumes its because crawling gets her everywhere she needs to go (and she can do it at a very high rate of speed). She has very poor spatial awareness so we're working on falling (putting cushions everywhere and just letting her fall onto them when she reaches the end of the couch). PT says she has a contraption of some sort that someone built for her that she will bring to the next session. Which leads me to my next thought process.

Losing PT. If PT is out of tips and tricks, and we can't make Ellie want to walk, maybe its time we save our sanity and give up on PT. Technically Ellie isn't behind yet (18 months is behind), although she's getting there rapidly. On the other hand, I don't want her to start to get behind. Still, walking is the only working on and Ellie will do it when she wants, and not a minute before. Of course, if Ellie is going to start daycare in January, we need her to be walking before then. Cutting out PT could make that more difficult. It's not like we're paying for it, and the PT has been a great success until this point. It's only costing me my sanity and time at this point.

Decisions, decisions.