Thursday, March 29, 2012
Last Thursday Ellie woke up from her nap at daycare and decided, "Today's a great day to walk." And she never stopped! PT came yesterday and I told her therapist I have never been so happy to give someone bad news- we don't need her anymore! The therapist said she would come back in 2 weeks, just to make sure Ellie is stick with the program, and has learned to stand on her own and then she'll be discharged!!! I'm so excited. I couldn't wait for this day to finally come. 20 months and we have a full-time walker. Now, on to speech!
Friday, March 23, 2012
It appears Ellie has grown. Her 12 month clothes look a little snug, and yesterday I put her in an 18 month shirt that seemed to fit. To be fair, it was a hand-me-down so there is the possibility it shrunk. I did a rough measurement while she was playing with her kitchen and she appears to have grown an inch. Also, many people have commented how she seems to have lost her baby fat and gained weight in a more generalized fashion. We also seemed to have turned another corner with walking. Yesterday afternoon and last night she walked EVERYWHERE! No crawling at all! This morning we had a bit of crawling but I'm not too worried. It seems she may like this walking thing after all.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
As of yesterday we have cut back on PT to twice a month. There's no point in the therapist coming every week since Ellie knows how to walk, she just doesn't have the desire to do it all the time. We'll be going to different places (Wal-Mart, for example) so she doesn't feel comfortable crawling around there and is "forced" to walk. We shall see.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Hannah the speech therapist came and evaluated Ellie. Although Ellie has a very limited repertoire, consisting of "mama," "yum," and "yeah," she is not considered delayed. Evidently on the bell curve anything below an 85 is delayed and Ellie is an 88 on her receptive skills and an 84 on her expressive skills. So no delay. Further, Hannah said, most kids don't really start picking up words until age 23 months. Since Ellie just started walking she's on track for speech and we should expect (and yet encourage) her speech. Hannah will come back to evaluate Ellie in 6 months, so at about 25 months. If Ellie isn't speaking at that point, we can talk about putting ST in her rotation.