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KnittingTigers 11-01-2012 06:23 AM

Welcome queer, pregnant and parenting folks!


This is the late fall/winter thread, for the months of November 2012 - January 2013. 

If you want to be added, just post in bold with your due date. Also, if you have recently had your babe(s), please chime in with the name and birth date in bold. If your information is not correct or has changed, please also post in bold so that I can get it corrected!!

Pregnant - due dates: 

 

January 2013

MaxK, EDD 1/19/13

 

February 2013

whoabethy

Cananny, EDD 2/24/13 (triplets!)

 

March 2013

withlittlelungs, EDD 3/15/13

 

April 2013

lisedea, EDD 4/5/13 (triplets!)

 

May 2013

KnittingTigers, EDD 5/2/13  (twins!)

wishin'&hopin', EDD 5/15/13

 

June 2013

PokeyAC

Outdoorsy

Cordelia15

easttowest, EDD 6/23/13

 

August 2013

Carmen 358, EDD 8/7/2013

 

September 2013

mrsandmrs & Bigfoot

esenbee, EDD 9/20/2013

 

October 2013

Sphinxy, EDD 10/10/2013


Graduates

 

KateAdele, 12/2012

Nosreves, Elio Sol, 12/5/2012 - 12/6/2012   candle.gif

MidwifeStephPDX, Lucie Rain, 10/25/12

Planet, Wylie Blue, born 9/9/2012

DesertSunsets, Everleigh Jane, born 9/1/2012

dandylez, Adair Seamus, born 6/28/2012

KSDoulaMama, surro-babe, born 6/27/2012

SwtRainbowBrite, Riley Sophia, born 6/25/2012

PleasantlyFurious, Zoe Aurora, born 6/22/2012

SmilingSara & Seraf, Soren Dare, born 5/2/2012

PrettyIsa, Edith Josephine, born 4/18/2012

Ad Astra, boy/girl twins, born 4/11/2012

Onemommyonemama, Sage S., born 3/21/2012

Qmama42, baby girl, born 1/18/2012

Indigo and DP, baby girl A, born 1/8/2012
CrystalPerez, Cohen Anthony Perez born 12/12/11

glassesgirlnj, Annamaria Sigyn Estelle, born 11/28/11
Mami2mami, Layla Janae born 11/22/11
DAWNMP1, Raya Sylvan, born 11/10/11
2ezforyou, Jagger Stone, born 11/2/11
Seraf and SmilingSara: Shay Brock, born 11/1/11
Escher: Son, born 10/24/11
Julietea8: Rowan Kathryn, born 10/16/11
Starling&Diesel: Hawksley Solace, born 10/2/11
AmyPDX: Alexander Cole, born 8/7/11
AmandaHope: Lilah Nyx, born 7/24/11
Pigirl: Son, born 7/22/11
Mizyellow: Harrison, born 7/20/11
Painefaria: Keegan, born 5/23/11
Cejae: Emmerson and Parker, born 5/22/11
Imogenlily: Soloman Dov, born 5/3/11
2HappyMamas: Baby, born 4/16/11
Bttrflygypsy: Elliot Graham, born 4/15/11
LibraryLady: Alice Meredith, born 4/8/11
Wehrli & jenmostoften: Silas Scott, born 4/4/11
Gumshoegirl007: Addison Alexis Réal, born 3/24/11
Beastie: Esther, born 3/13/11
Burg: Reed Kylie, born 2/05/11
Korey: Baby girl T, born 1/30/11
Coco99: Chloe and Charlie, born 1/30/11
Abeecharmer: Twin girls, born 1/10/11
Mtnlisa: Josie Anne, born 12/18/10
Kimlyn32: Kacey Elaine, born 12/13/10
Erthe_mama & fsonj: Vida, born 11/23/10
Monarchgrrl: Sophia Elizabeth, born 11/2/10
Quasar & Smartycat: Charles Jeffery, born 10/29/10
Mistral: Olivia Grace, born 10/18/10
Lyndzies: Cadence James, born 10/15/10
FTMPapa: Elise Ember Soliel, born 10/3/10
Megan_sacha: Zivia Littlewood, born 8/23/10
Mpkgoddess: Catherine Margaret (Cate), born 8/18/10
Osker & H: daughter, born 8/11/10
Jjnoho: Sam, born 7/8/10
Megincl & Ktcl: Wylie Grace, born 7/4/10
Ksdoulamama: Grace Elizabeth, born 5/17/10
Pleasantlyfurious: Leo Sebastian, born 5/16/10
Kelly: Asa Brent, born 4/29/10
Wishin'&hopin': Henry, born 4/10
Indigoscot: son, born 1/24/10
Kjm: Kale, born 1/12/10
Carmen358: Skylar, born 12/30/09
Kelmendi: Simon, born 12/23/09
Babyfatty: Henry Earl, born 12/9/09
Beth: Hazel, born 11/19/09
Scalpel: Nathan Fisher & Maxwell Edward, born 11/3/09
Denny_Zoo29: Dekaylee May Katherine Bond, born 10/29/09.
Jodybird511: Asher, born 10/9/09
Wazzmum: Tate, born 9/15/09
Raene & River: Cedar, born 8/30/09
DM630: Amelia, born 8/14/09
Ninefirefly: daughter, born 7/31/09
Serenekitten: Asher, born 7/21/09
QTRANDI: Rudy, born 7/7/09
JennM1021: Alexander, born 6/29/09
Lexbeach & Lena: Leo, born 6/26/09
Heart-N-Bones: Ella Grace, born 4/22/09
Quasar & Smartycat: Raymond Joseph, born 4/5/09
Pranava: Zion, born 3/24/09
Giggleblue: "A", born 3/16/09
Pigirl: Baby, born 1/30/09
Starling and Diesel: Esme, born 1/30/09
2happymamas: Colette (Coco), born 1/5/09
Simcon: G, born 12/28/08
MujerMamaMismo: Sebastian Felix, born 12/21/08
Tigermiep & M: Anders Xavier, born 12/11/08
JenInMpls & Jo: E.W., born 10/24/08
Becca: Phoebe Joy, born 10/9/08
Scalpel & Darcie: Alexis Jean, born 8/29/08
Venustx: Levi, Sage, and Jillian, born 8/12/08
AngelaM: Ocean Rae, born 8/10/08
Mamimapster: Jocheved (Julia) Hadassah Bat Sara V' Miriam, born 7/15/08
Kk_davey: Grier, born 7/7/08
MollyKenzie: Lucy & Edie, born 6/18/08
Rightkindofme: Shanna Francesca, born 5/24/08
TheGirls: Alexandra Kathryn Stay, born on 5/12/08
Thismama: Zelda, born 5/6/08
Mamastotwo: son & daughter, born 5/2/08
Msjodi: Delaney Cait, born 5/1/08
Jentina & Sarah: Ellis Thomas, born 2/20/08
NZmumof2 & Leah: Florence, born 1/23/08

 


Recovering from Losses, Held in Our Hearts
 

NZmumof2

TineyDreams

Carmen

Alphahen

Baby.fatty
Kgulbransen
Fivegrandbaby

[NOTE: Any EDDs over a month old without a birth announcement will be deleted.]


KnittingTigers 11-01-2012 06:36 AM

Woohoo! It's November! We've got a shiny new thread!

 

If any of your information is not correct, please post in bold and I will update it.

 

I thought it might be nice to start our new thread out with some get-to-know-you questions, since we've got a lot of new folks(!!!). So, answer as many of the follow questions as you'd like. (I know we all have different levels of comfort with sharing things online. No pressure on any of it.)

 

Name/Username?

Who is in your family?

What pronouns do you and your family members use?

If you're pregnant, when are you due?

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them.

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do?

If you stay home with your kids, what do your days tend to look like?

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting?

 

Looking forward to getting to (better) know everyone!


nosreves 11-01-2012 06:38 AM

thanks, Knitting! :)


seraf 11-01-2012 07:41 AM

Name/Username?

Sara

 

Who is in your family?

Sara 31

Sara 25

Osha 9

Ari 7

Shay 1

Soren 6 months

 

What pronouns do you and your family members use?

she, she, he, she, he, he

 

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them.

O loves science and has hair down to his rump.

A loves crafting so much that she gets tape for most gifting occasions and she was born in the caul.

S loves all things edible, can open almost any lid and was born in the car.

SD loves his siblings and is thrilled to be able to sit for short periods of time.

 

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do?

I am a nurse in home health. I only work with one patient so my job isn't terribly exciting.

 

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting?

I like to sew and bake.  I mostly sew for the kids at this point. I have recently gone off wheat, so baking is on the back burner right now.  I'm excited for all the winter activities I missed last winter with it being so warm and having a newborn.  Ice skating and sledding sound pretty entertaining. I also love science and design. 

 

And Shay went to a playdate with Sara, the big kids are sorting their candy and Soren is finally asleep and so it's time for me to clean.

 

Today is Shay's birthday!

 

 

He's come such a long way!

 


seraf 11-01-2012 07:49 AM

I tried to go back and edit, but this is our whole family.

 


lisedea 11-01-2012 07:56 AM

Thanks for the new thread!

Name/Username? Lisedea

Who is in your family? Danielle (30), Miranda (30), 2 dogs (Moose and Jade), 2 cats (Astro, Ollie)

What pronouns do you and your family members use? she/she

If you're pregnant, when are you due? I think maybe my EDD should be changed since I will be unable to go past 34 weeks because of still born risk. My goal is to make it to that date!! Could you change my date to April 5th? Thanks!

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? I teach Prek-2nd grade (in one classroom!) in a small rural school. D works as the director of EMS and is taking her final paramedic test in a week!

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting? Hiking, singing, reading

cananny 11-01-2012 08:40 AM

Thanks for the new thread Knitting!

 

 

I think I should move my EDD to Feb 24.. that is 34 weeks and the dr said they will take the babies at 34 weeks .. So Feb 24 is my goal!

 

 

 

Name/Username?  Melissa/Cananny

Who is in your family? Me.. DP Kassandra and 2 dogs Scout and Shelby and a cat named Pip

What pronouns do you and your family members use? She/She

If you're pregnant, when are you due? 40 weeks is April 5 but  34 weeks is Feb 24

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them. none yet..just the kids I nanny for and the fur kids

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? Nanny

If you stay home with your kids, what do your days tend to look like? Busy i imagine I will be ( as I am going to be a SAHM)

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting? currently.. Sleeping.. Ha no I love to go on road trips, camping, dinner with friends...

 

:)

 


nosreves 11-01-2012 09:32 AM

oops, somehow i missed this bit before.   

 

Name/Username? nosrêves  (it means "our dreams" in French, and when i first joined MDC for the Queer Conceptions board, it seemed an apropos username....actually, it still does joy.gif)

Who is in your family?  M. (40), F. (42) and our two feline furbabies.

What pronouns do you and your family members use? she/she or elle/elle depending on which language we're speaking.

If you're pregnant, when are you due?  the midwives here in France say the 28th of December (41w + 2), but all the North American sites say the 19th (40 weeks)... we're hoping for 12/21/12 (21/12/12) , because it would be awfully cool to be born on the day the world ends.

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them.  this is our first.  

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do?  i teach English to "adult" art and film students. (and, yes, the quotation marks are intentional.)

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working?  we're both huge travelers and usually spend at least a month every year exploring another country.  i really love drawing, painting, doing collage, taking pictures....pretty much anything creative.   i'm also a voracious reader and a crossword puzzle addict.


KnittingTigers 11-01-2012 10:52 AM

Name/Username? Angela/KnittingTigers

Who is in your family? Me (36), DP Jack (36), DD Ocean (4)

What pronouns do you and your family members use? she/he/she

If you're pregnant, when are you due? May 2, 2013, though since I'm having twins, I'm aiming for sometime in April!

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them. Ocean is, in spite of our best efforts, completely obsessed with princesses (seriously folks, that kid did not have a single "girl" thing for the first three years of her life- I don't know how this happened!). She is also a budding musician, and likes to make up songs while strumming on her guitar.

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? I direct an LGBT center on a university campus, and also teach queer studies classes. It is pretty much my dream job. My DP is a professor at the same institution. When Ocean was little, she used to pretend to type on the computer keyboard and tell us that she was working on her dissertation. She has clearly been scarred by having academic parents!

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting? Not surprisingly, I love going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. Sadly, over the past two years we've moved further and further inland. I've gone from living on a island in the Atlantic to being 6 hours from the beach. I hope to reverse this trend at some point! I also love reading novels, hiking/walking (though I've found this is challenging with a child who is too big to be carried, but gets tired way sooner than I do), and sitting around laughing with a group of friends.


kateadelle 11-01-2012 10:52 AM

Name/Username?

Kate

Who is in your family?

Me, my partner Kris and our two dogs Jake (9 yrs old, corgi chihuahua mix) and Zuzu (8 yrs old, pembroke Welsh corgi)

What pronouns do you and your family members use? 

We all use female pronouns except for Jake. 

If you're pregnant, when are you due?

I am expecting a baby girl in mid-December

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do?

I manage a small local chain of cafes. 

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting?

I like to cook, garden and hunt for treasures at flea markets, thrift stores & estate sales.

 

 


pokeyac 11-01-2012 10:52 AM

Thanks for the shiny new thread mama tiger!

 

 

Name/Username? Andrea

Who is in your family?  Me and my wife and our cat Marvin Gaye.

What pronouns do you and your family members use? she/she

If you're pregnant, when are you due? I am due June 17th 2013 which is 2 days after my wife's birthday.  She does not want to share and is hoping for a late arrival.

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them.  This is #1.

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? I work in investments and I am also working on my doula certification and attending births as a volunteer.

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting?  reading, walking, yoga, watching tv, and these days lying down is lovely.


pokeyac 11-01-2012 10:54 AM

Happy Birthday Shay!


prettyisa 11-01-2012 11:36 AM

Fun! Thanks for the new thread, knitting! Also, Sara, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already! Happy birthday, Shay! Are you guys celebrating in any particular way?

Name/Username?
Isa

Who is in your family?
Me (Emily), DP Stephanie, baby Edith.

What pronouns do you and your family members use?
We’re all she until/unless we hear otherwise from the munchkin.

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them.
Edie thinks it’s hilarious when we mirror her movements or enjoy eating our food. She also pukes whenever we give her anything other than milk to eat. –sigh-

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do?
I’m a public librarian—mostly I plan programs, but a couple times a week they let me go and do actual reference stuff, too.

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting?
I like cooking and sewing and travelling and thrift stores. Probably too much, on all of those.

easttowest 11-01-2012 11:58 AM

Name/Username? easttowest (C)

Who is in your family? Me (25), my wife (26, though almost 27), and our kitten

What pronouns do you and your family members use? The kitten and I use male pronouns, and the wife uses female.

If you're pregnant, when are you due? The wife is pregnant - due June 23, 2013.

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them. This is the first kiddo.

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? My wife is a PhD student, and I work in development at a university and am part-owner of a cafe.

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting? I cook and bake.  She does yoga, dances, and reads.  We both go for hikes, swim, and generally spend a lot of time with our cat.


tandy401 11-01-2012 12:04 PM

Name/Username? Tandy 

Who is in your family? Me (32), my wife (32), and our dog (2)

What pronouns do you and your family members use? Female.

If you're pregnant, when are you due? I'm due May 26, 2013.

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them. None yet. 

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? We are both professors. 

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting? Hmm. We "work" all the time, but the work is so pleasurable: reading, writing, and I even like grading. We love hanging out with the dog, going for walks in the neighborhood, seeing lots of movies (before the baby gets here!), traveling, trying new restaurants...


seraf 11-01-2012 01:02 PM

Pokey, Thanks! 

 

Isa, we have had a couple of small parties, all the cake pictures are on real cameras, so I haven't uploaded them yet.  I'm hoping to walk down to where he was born while it's still daylight.

 

Tandy, we take the boys to movies all the time.  They're only $4 here and the babies are free. We just go around bedtime and they nurse and sleep.  It's kind of awesome. We frequently see other babies there, too. I think they've both stayed happily awake for at least one move, too. Congratulations and welcome!


LeeDeeDee 11-01-2012 01:38 PM

Hi All,

 

I wanted to share this blog that's one of my favourite's:

 

http://mamalady.wordpress.com/

 

Cheers!

Lisa


cananny 11-01-2012 04:46 PM

Ps Happy first birthday Shay!!! A year has flown by so fast

carmen358 11-01-2012 05:54 PM

Happy Birthday to Shay! Wow, I can't believe he's 1. That just seems impossible!

 

Name/Username? Carmen is my name on MDC :)

Who is in your family? Me, DP & DD (will be 3 Dec. 30)

What pronouns do you and your family members use? All female

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them. My DD adores art and loves music & dancing

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? Senior business analyst in higher education

If you stay home with your kids, what do your days tend to look like? I stay home 1 day a week and my DP stays home 2 days a week - we usually have one organized activity each week such as Music Together or dance or yoga class. We go to the library every week too.

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting? I love knitting, sewing, reading and seeing live music.


starling&diesel 11-01-2012 10:32 PM



 

Name/Username? I'm starling on here.

Who is in your family? Me (37), DP (41), DD (3.75) and DS (1)  

What pronouns do you and your family members use? She/whatever/she/he

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them. DD is whip-smart and super funny, and has a vocabulary to rival most adults. DS is a content, mellow and always joyful kid.  He loves things with moving parts and bits to climb, whereas DD is a thinker and dreamer.  

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? Outside the home I'm a paramedic two days a week.  Inside the home, I'm a writer.

If you stay home with your kids, what do your days tend to look like? I stay home five days a week.  We do a lot of activities with fellow homeschooling families, as well as hang out around home doing crafty things and reading stories and cooking together.  

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting? Reading, traveling, camping.  Having a shower BY MYSELF.


onemommyonemama 11-02-2012 07:52 AM

Ooh fun! Thanks Knitting! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAY!

 

Name/Username? Onemommyonemama

 

Who is in your family? Me (29), DP (36), DD1/Zo (3.5), DD2/ Sage (7 months)

 

What pronouns do you and your family members use? all she right now.

 

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them.

Zo tells stories out loud much of the day that have (in my opinion) pretty solid characters and story line, but too many references to poop. She likes playing alone outdoors creating intricate rock sculptures - one of which she has now spent 5 months, and a total of who knows how many hours on.

 

Sage communicates with us until we get it. She taught us how to EC when she was a newborn. She learns signs with haste. She can't crawl but she almost swims across the floor using her arm strength and sliding her body. She seems like she is hungry for tools to talk and move and get on with it already... but with all that growin is peaceful and content.

 

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do? I work for a non-profit program where young adults live overseas for months/a year in a community affected by economic poverty. I train and debreif participants, support them while they are away, do office work, etc. My wife is a high school math teacher.

 

If you stay home with your kids, what do your days tend to look like? Right now my wife and I are both at home. She took the leave, and I work from home part time. Next month she will be teaching part time - so our days tend to look like:

am - DP with children, they generally play outside or go to the library/ I work in the office upstairs.

afternoon - DP goes to work, I hang out with Z and S, they both nap for an hour or so, then we create food or art until DP gets home.

Some mornings I skip work and we do something together.

 

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting?

I love food and cooking - and all things involved. I garden, I like to make my own pasta, I can and dehydrate. I like making bread.

I love being outdoors preferably somewhere beautiful. I bike/hike/ski/snowboard.

I love creating - mostly right now I have a bit of time to sew, I create art and promotional materials for my work and a few non-profits, I create with food. If I had more time and space I love painting, drawing and sculpture.

I love social justice movements and communities.

I like hardware stores, fixing things, finding a great deal on something we need, and I have my dad's love of buying new tools even though I don't have a project to use them on... yet.


mami2mami 11-02-2012 10:03 AM

                                       HAPPY BIRTHDAY

                                                                                       SHAY!!!

                                        joy.gifjoy.gifjoy.gifjoy.gif  


wishin'&hopin' 11-02-2012 03:54 PM

Happy Birthday Shay!  And, congrat's momses on surviving his first year (especially the bits of it that involve two infants!)!!!!  

 

I'll fill out the questions later...we have had a day at our house.  DS  just was evaluated for speech and he's going to need some pretty intensive speech therapy (the kind of speech therapy that makes me wonder if I need to get him an ID with his name on it because saying his own name may not happen for a while...what he refers to himself as does not resemble his name AT ALL)  I'm kind of freaking out.  It's an articulation disorder--and basically he is going to be learning to speak English the way I would have to learn to speak Hebrew--beginning with the individual sounds of each and every letter.  No cognitive, behavioral (other than ya know, being 2.5) or receptive language issues at all--JUST expressive.  Sigh.  I think I'm going to sign up for the donor sibling registry run by our sperm bank to see if anyone else who used our donor is having speech issues...


seraf 11-02-2012 05:37 PM

Wishin' that's pretty intense. I hope it is not as hard of a road as it looks like from here.

I don't expect you to tell us his name, but it makes me curious. Ari couldn't pronounce her name until she was almost 6 and Osha called her "baby" for her first couple of years because he couldn't pronounce her name.

lisedea 11-02-2012 05:49 PM

Wishin'--I am sorry you are freaking out. hug2.gif I am glad you caught it so early and are getting intervention right away! That will make a big difference.

DesertSunsets 11-02-2012 06:10 PM

Happy Birthday, Shay!!! 


Wishin', I'm sorry your son is having difficulties.  I'm sure with involved, caring, loving parents he will do fine.  If you need anything, we're all here to help!  

 

 

Name/Username?  DesertSunsets 

Who is in your family?  me (Ashleigh) 26, DW (Teri) 26, and DD (Everleigh) 9 weeks

What pronouns do you and your family members use? Everyone's a she, for right now at least! 

If you already have kids, tell us two interesting things about each of them.  Ever is a doppelganger for my DW when she was a baby (which thrills me to no end), and has quite the love affair with fans and the birch trees on her bedroom wall.  

If you work outside the home (or inside the home at something other than parenting), what do you do?  I'm a histotechnologist in a dermatopathology lab... which is a couple of big words that mean I process skin samples sent from dermatologists.  DW is a technical director at a performing arts theatre for the University of Arizona.  

What are your favorite things to do when you're not working/doing the grunt work of parenting?  I love reading, painting, working in ceramics, dabbling in stained glass, and writing.  Not necessarily in that order! 

 

 

 

Also, thanks Tigers for the brand new thread!  I noticed on the first page though that my username is listed incorrectly, could you fix it to say DesertSunsets? Thank you!


wishin'&hopin' 11-03-2012 05:00 AM

Thanks folks, he WILL be fine.  It's just seeming like such a huge task to get him there at the moment :)  I first brought up some concerns at his 12 month appt...and everyone kept saying that he'd be fine.  He does say lots of stuff...it's just really hard to understand him.  And, now that I know what's going on with his speech I'm seeing things that I thought were just normal things--he says "no" with an inquisitive tone when you ask him questions, which is actually his work around to avoid having to say words he just can't say; and with words like water he says "wa wa" not because he's little and adorable, but because he can't say the word properly.  He uses TONS of sound effects (some of which are wildly impressive) combined with gesture and the words he uses (usually understandable in context) to communicate with us.  But as his circle gets bigger it's harder b/c other folk don't understand most of it.  


seraf 11-03-2012 07:36 AM

Wishin, what did you notice at 12 months?

wishin'&hopin' 11-03-2012 07:43 AM

Mostly that he didn't seem to use as many different sounds as other babies and didn't seem to imitate us as much as other babies his age.  Part of what is great, and part of the reason early intervention didn't catch it (he was screened at 2 and passed the screening) is that he's really smart and has no receptive or cognitive difficulties.  It's really a muscle/brain communication thing apparently--so he's going to have to be trained to use those muscles that his brain is having a hard time coordinating.  


seraf 11-03-2012 09:13 AM

Wishin, wow. I'm glad you got it figured out when you did.

Not to make light of the situation, but have you read Gerald McBoingBoing?

How is everyone else? Does anyone have great Thanksgiving plans?

Kate and Nos, you're next! How are you feeling?


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