Awww Sara, LOVE the video! You are such a pro! I'm totally going to follow how you did the Boba back carry.
Heading over to the Spotlight thread now!
I love your voice. Is that a weird thing to say? You must hear it all the time. It is so sweet and with a little bit of a twang :-) Brings me back to my Ohio days You're such a pro- you look so at ease just tossin' a 25+ lb babe around. And Shay! OMG!
What a sweet guy!!!
I'll stop gushing It was just so great to see you and hear your voice!!
My video would involve Jasper fighting me the entire time. Probably also dh in the background telling me not to do that to him. (He thinks forcing Jasper into the carrier is torture....) I promise, kid is totally fine once he's in! He just likes to give lip (as Sara says) during the process. Lol.
I still wear Eli on the front too, but he is getting too giant for it ;)I just like having him right there, because he babbles up a storm, pointing things out and trying to say things like grass and flowers etc;) but I am needing to put him on my back from now on, he is just getting too heavy. I don't have a good way of weighing him though, so I don't know what he is at. He is really tall though, and his arms and legs are kinda skinny but he has a baby belly:)
I wish Jasper would babble more. :( I'm pretty sure his current daycare thinks he is slow... That makes me mad. He did recently start trying to say "tree". We point to trees and say it, so he is trying. It doesn't really sound like tree though... but there is a t sound in there. Also, he points to other things outside and makes the same sound. But it's a start, darn it! He's just taking his time...
Okay, big sigh, I think what really worries me isn't the lack of words. It's things like how he just started pointing to things and pulling me by my hand to go somewhere in the last week or so. Like, the idea that he can use gestures and actions to express what he wants just dawned on him. He did some signing before that, but almost never independently. Always when I would do it first, then he would copy. That seems a bit more worrisome to me than the talking. Am I just being silly?
Jasper is your first boy... that can have something to do with it. Boys on average develop language a bit later than girls. I know I was worried about Austin b/c he really was far behind what Avalon did at the same age. He had some words and phrases, but not a ton. He had more signs than words just prior to his second birthday. Then when he really started to talk it was difficult to understand him. His s's and f's especially were difficult to decipher. I started to worry that he had a speech issue. I kept going back and forth about it b/c people would tell me that he's totally normal, but then I'd compare him to his sister and his cousin and my MIL would make comments and I'd worry again. So I took him in for an evaluation at the early education school in our district. They'll evaluate kids starting at 3 years old. They were totally blown away by his language skills. He scored well beyond his age level and they were totally unconcerned about his speech. While some sounds were noted, the speech therapist had no concerns and assumed he would outgrow it before school started.
So, I know where you're coming from, Amanda, and it's hard not to compare and not to worry. But I really, really would try very hard not to unless he still has worrisome language issues when he's over 2 years old. At that point you can have him evaluated by a medical provider (speech therapist) and/or possibly by your school district. And then, hopefully, you can put your mind totally at ease like I did.
Thanks for posting the video, Sara. That actually seems pretty familiar to what Jasper does. A lot of what I say seems to go right over his head, though, but maybe that is normal. Jaimee, you are probably right. My girls talked so early and were so vocal. I'm going to try not to worry. I think the daycare director telling me she was worried about Jasper's hearing because of his language "delay" really increased my anxiety there...
Dylan is the same as Shay and Jasper. Don't worry, Amanda! Dylan is very communicative, he just isn't verbal. He points, he answers yes/no by shaking or nodding his head, he brings me to things he wants, etc. A lot like what you were saying about Jasper. But I don't think that's a bad thing- he is also trying to read my lips and make those noises with his mouth, so it's just a process. He is intelligent (as I am sure Jasper is too!) and wants to communicate. He is just doing it on his timeline.