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*I* get to start the new thread? Wow!

Although I'm sort of sad to be over here on the toddler board.... I -like- my life with my babe. ...who has just single-mindedly climbed 15 stairs with a clean diaper in hand so he could throw it into the toilet and turn around and smile. Goofy kid!

Happy September, mamas!

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Oh, and Kristen, I love your new signature.

Hugs to you, Deb. I hope you can figure out what the issue is. And are you sleeping 8 hours? Oh, I hope so.

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and sobbing...

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hope everyones doing well!

Toddler stage will be FUN!

riiiiiiiight guys?.......hehe
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tee hee. I was on the phone with my mom when I read that we were moving over here and I said oh snit no, she is NOT! Then I realized she is. More a weeble, but still...

Kind of concerned about her limited vocabulary so i'm getting an assesment from early intervention. I'll let ya'll know how that goes..
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Kind of concerned about her limited vocabulary so i'm getting an assesment from early intervention. I'll let ya'll know how that goes..
As in speaking or understanding? Henry understands a lot but only says "Dada" so far. He does know four signs, though.

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speaking. She has like 6 or 7 audible & comprehendable words, but the only ones she uses frequently are cat/kat & dad. she knows and occasionally uses 'my' 'no' 'bye' 'eat' and 'cup' but not with any real frequency.
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Hey all,

I'm with the moms mourning the passing of the babe phase, although Tova still seems like a wee one to me, maybe because she isn't walking (or even standing) yet. Amazing how fast one can scoot, though, especially when one sees the cat!

About the vocabulary: Tova understands a lot, but still says very little in the way of words. Dada is pretty much her word for everything, although she's started making a noise lately that sounds a lot like Hi. Kaitnbugsmom, tell us what the specialist says, if you don't mind.

Henhao: hope you are feeling better and that everything works out. I went to see the movie Little Miss Sunshine (funny and subversive!) and the little girl in that is named Olive. Like yours, she's a beaut.

All the best, toddler moms ...
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speaking. She has like 6 or 7 audible & comprehendable words, but the only ones she uses frequently are cat/kat & dad. she knows and occasionally uses 'my' 'no' 'bye' 'eat' and 'cup' but not with any real frequency.
I'm surprised you're worried, actually. As I mentioned Henry only says "Dada" and not even all the time.

One of the stories in my family is that my older sister Karen didn't talk at all until she was three or so, and then she said, "Kathy took my cookie." (Kathy is 1 1/2 years older than Karen.)

Of course, you gotta follow your mama gut on these things.

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Hi all,

Thanks for the good wishes. I won't learn the results of my test until next Tues.

I had the day off of work today. My plan was to have ME time for about 4 hours and then pick DD up early. This is what happened.

I woke up today and wrenched my neck doing pretty much nothing besides turning my head on the pillow.

DH had to run around getting DD ready. I helped with what I could. I rested for a few hours to give time for the ibuprofen to kick in after DD and DH left.

When I woke up, I really wanted to have my ME time so I did that. I started to use the girl's room at home and the toilet had no water in it. So I used the downstairs toilet and the toilet GROWLED at me. Have you EVER heard of a toilet growling? I could not find a plunger to save my life.

Should I call the plumber and say please fix my growling toilet?

So, I leave all the toilets to do their toilet thing and go about my day. Did I mention it's pouring rain and we have no gutters?

I can't see out the back windows of the house because smart DH and smart me have put a tarp up to try and keep the water away from the foundation (since we have no gutters). All I see is a green tarp flapping against the kitchen window.

Backing out of the driveway is VERY hard when you can't turn your neck very far. :

So I go out and have my fun and even buy lunch out! Woo-hoo. A mommy on the loose!

I come home to eat and then plan to pick up DD. I look at the clock...Not working. No Electricity!!

Now I have a wrenched neck, a growling toilet and no electricity.

And that, my friends, was my day.

Love you all,
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Who is worried about words? Is your DC walking? Mine does not walk and has a big vocab -- so they say. Evidently, babies with big vocabs will be a bit "behind" physically and those ahead physcially will be a bit "behind" with talking.

Right now, DD says: car, jenny and jen (name of someone at daycare), mama, dada, balloon, light (sounds like ight), bye (sometimes), house, sky (sounds like guy), tree, sit and hot. She seems to say new words the most with dada. She also "orks" like seal, hisses like a snake and growls like a toilet -- I mean a gorilla!

She only does one sign -- for milk. Man, was it cool when she was crying and she could tell me what she wanted!

When asked, she can point to her nose, mouth, eyes, feet, grandpa, and some other things.

However, she does not walk.

Here's something wild. We usually feed her dinner at 5 or 5:30. By 5:30 today, we'd not yet gotten her dinner, so she crawled over to her high chair and pulled herself up to standing as if to say "come on and feed me!" The other night, after dinner, she went over to the CD player and turned on her "night night" music as if to say "time for me to go to bed!" They can really get the messages across when they want to do so!

She really likes bedtime now!
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I know that developmentally she's okay, that when the mind/body is focused on one task, such as walking, eating solids, etc, other things fall by the way side and are gained later, but after having two developmentally delayed children, one of whom has a smorgasboard of issues, I am a bit paranoid..
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I know that developmentally she's okay, that when the mind/body is focused on one task, such as walking, eating solids, etc, other things fall by the way side and are gained later, but after having two developmentally delayed children, one of whom has a smorgasboard of issues, I am a bit paranoid..
Trust your gut! A mama knows. I was just looking into this and wanted to share this article with you...look at the end of it and they have some info about when to be concerned. Well, you already ARE concerned. I thought you might the end part of the article interesting; they said that having 2 or 3 words at year is okay.

http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/tod...ent/11738.html
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Deb - hope you are feeling better! Feeling sick is no fun at all.
Wow, your house sounds so much like ours no gutters here either! We used to have a growling toilet that used to spew black gunk all over our bathroom...eeeeew! Luckily my FIL is a plummer. We still can't take a shower, have no bathroom sink, unfinished floor and walls. I did find a dryer at a yard sale for $40 that works great. I still hang out most days, but it is wonderful not to have to hang inside when it rains. Did you ever get your bathroom finished?

Yeah to toddlerhood! I really love the age Johnjon is at right now. So much wonder and discovery. He points at everything and says "dat," tanslated as "that." Life is just one big adventurous game! I love the smiles and the hugs...and yes the growls, grunts, and hollering too (he does a really weird animal type growl thingy). I really didn't think that he'd get this huggy, but he is warming up and starting to give hugs and kisses which is sooooo sweet! I LOVE it!

He is just so much fun right now...a lot of work, but a lot of fun. I just feel all warm and fuzzy right now. I just rocked J back to sleep and stood there and watched Nathan sleep for a while. Ahh, these are the good days. It doesn't matter what else is going on or what bills are due, or what other crap needs to be done...I just feel so blessed to have to happy boys. When they give Mommy a big hug and kiss, I just want to cry, it makes all the rest worth while. sniff...sniff...sniff......

He really only uses two words: dada and dat (that). He says mama, but not too often. He knows the signs for milk, more, please, and help, but doesn't always use them in the correct context. I made the mistake of teaching him "please" and "help" before "eat", so he will go through the list of signs he knows trying to say eat, it is actually pretty cute.

Been busy lately, with life and getting a preschool plan set up. I think we will start next week, but not sure how that will go. Here's hoping.

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I know that developmentally she's okay, that when the mind/body is focused on one task, such as walking, eating solids, etc, other things fall by the way side and are gained later, but after having two developmentally delayed children, one of whom has a smorgasboard of issues, I am a bit paranoid..
it's ok to be paranoid. I am also a very paranoid person but on a lot of the little things. My son actually taught me not to be so paranoid now, after watching him play with some toilet waterrrr...

What other moms said about development is right...

Physically my DS is strong, started walking at 10 1/2 months, but verbally he only saids "bye bye", "mama" (only when tired), and "bubble" very well. He understands a lot more (probably around 12 words) and also commands (like Give me....Turn off light....Close the door...Don't touch....) and been signing "milk" A LOT these days.

By the time our kids start 1st grade, we won't be able to tell who started talking first or walking first. Right?

Hope all is well mamas!

I love all the hugs and kisses from DS too! It keeps me going during the day!
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Hello mamas!
I can't believe we have toddlers now.
Emmett turned 1 and then it was like he was a new boy. His personality is in full gear and he is one funny kid. we totally adore this guy.
I agree that we all have things we worry about and you need you trust your instincts. At least if it is nothing to worry about and a specialist lets you know that, you can reduce some of the stress you are feeling. My sis has a boy on the autism spectrum and when she had her DD she was very worried about her development, perhaps being a bit more critical because of her experience with her son. It sounds normal to be vigilant. I think I would be too.
That being said, my MIl is visiting and she is a pediatrician and has been for 30+ years. We were talking about babies and discussing the wide range of normal, especially in those first years.
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I talked to a speech therapist last week about Adam - he has had "few time only" word appearances with a lot of recognizable words - he had about 7 last month, before he started walking.

Then, walking, and ZERO words now except 'mama' and 'uh oh' -- he still converses in 'uh oh' -- like this:

Me: "Good morning, baby! Should we go downstairs?"
Adam: "Uh! Oh! Uh, uh, uh!"
Me: "Okay. We'll go have breakfast."
Adam: "Uh."
Me: "Let's get up."
Adam: "Uh oh ah oh."

The ST laughed at me and told me not to worry. She gave me some hints about early language development - the reading & talking, etc., and when I explained that I'm a SAHM with no social life who actually does talk to my son all day, she said that could be part of the 'no words' either, as he doesn't need them all that much right now...that since I can understand what he needs a good portion of the time and anticipate much of it, that he doesn't need to acquire much these days.

Interesting... But do let us know what they say, kaitnbugsmom. I still wonder sometimes.

Deb, between your neck, the toilet, and the power out...eek. But a Mommy on the Loose? Yeah!!! That sounds good!

Off to go and make the house presentable. Family coming for the weekend -- have a good one, all!

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Who is worried about words? Is your DC walking? Mine does not walk and has a big vocab -- so they say. Evidently, babies with big vocabs will be a bit "behind" physically and those ahead physcially will be a bit "behind" with talking.
That's interesting...Henry has been walking really well since he was 11 1/2 months. He never crawls at all.

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We're no where near toddler hood. No words...nada. Heck we only just barely sit up! I've been emotionally drained lately and I fear it's had its effects on my therapy with Nathanael. I hope things change around here so I can be the mom I need to be.

It's still hard hearing how far apart your kidlets are from mine. The specialist told me to expect it..that the difference will be more and more glaring the older he gets.

I love my boy for who he is, don't get me wrong. I looked at him sleeping in my arms and said "perfect"! Because that's jsut what he is.
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of course you can stay. I remember well where you are, my ddc kids were so far ahead of where Bug was and it seemed like one more negative on top of a pile of positives. There were days I couldn't bear to look at the ddc threads because while we were celebrating holding her head up, tolerating pureed foods, and rolling over, they were talking cruising and baby gym and first steps... s 2
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I wrote this for my blog in anticipation of Kiernen being 13 months (not until the 10th). It's long, but it's what's happening right now, and as I rarely get a chance to post anymore (but am still reading!) I thought I'd just put it here, too. It won't be on my blog until the 10th, but you all get to see it now!

And before I do, to Kitty.

And here it is:

Now when he is nursing, he often switches sides and says, "bo". I say, "Oh, you want the other side?" And his face lights up that I have understood. That seems to be the standard way for him to say yes, although I have on one occasion seen him nod his head deliberately, so I know that he gets that that is the true way to do it. But why bother when Mama knows what you mean? Sigh. So he loves to switch sides frequently while nursing. He also loves to have little drive-by nursing 'snacks'. He gets a little irritated when I am wearing a bra (when we're out) because it takes WAY too long to get the 'Bos'. (pronounced with long O.)


Lately at night it is difficult for him to settle down in bed. I think this may be largely due to the fact that we've not been consistent with his bedtime and have been getting him to bed about an hour later than normal. So when he is restless, I pull him up onto my stomach, where he latches on and falls asleep nursing. It helps that I have large breasts and he can wiggle and move around fairly freely until he settles and still stay latched on. But it settles him fairly quickly and he falls asleep that way. It is the sweetest thing ever.


He is becoming so much more stable now with the walking - he walks holding only one hand now, and fast! He wants to get there quickly! It's amazing to see him progressing - it feels like sometimes if we blink, we'll miss it and he'll just breeze on through all of these stages without us. He took FIVE steps unassisted today! His confidence is building!


The boy loves his trees, just like Quinn did. MBD says we have a Druid in training, and that's just fine by me! He wants to greet and touch the trees and plants, outside in the front yard and on walks, wherever we go. He LOVES the trees. He even has a favourite one in the front yard. It is, of course, the largest one as well. When we return from walks, he MUST touch both of the bushes we have outside of our window. And he is so gentle with the plants, too - I can let him touch flowers or anything and not worry that he will smush them.


Kiernen knows signs for 'finished', 'again', 'more', 'nurse', learning 'help', but prefers to use loud voice and sometimes whining (!) instead. There is such a fine line between actual helping and rewarding such whining. Sometimes there is a genuine need he is unable to express - other times maybe he just doesn't want to put forth the effort. I anticipate his needs incredibly well, and it can sometimes be a detriment, because it doesn't require him to use his communication skills. I do NOT want to teach him that whining and screaming are the ways to get what he wants.


Words: 'bo' (eat/nurse/drink), 'mama', 'ma' (up), 'daddy', 'da' (can be anything - da is the fallback word for 'that' or pretty much any exclamation), 'ba' (book), 'kiy' (kitty), and lots of verbalizations and complex sounds that make up his own special language. He is a very chatty little fellow - often at home or in the car he'll just be talking away, and laughing, only he is the only one who knows what he is saying. It is delightful to listen to.


Of course, Kiernen loves to chase kitties, they delight him - laughter always ensues. If they meow angrily at him he will burst into tears and cry. They have no front claws and the most they can do is whap at him and meow angrily when he's too much in their personal space.
Books! He is so very much into his books again, and wants them read over and over. His two favourites currently are "Goodnight Gorilla" and "Alphabugs". He also loves the Chuck Murphy books. There are others he likes to read but these are his favorites by far. He does not like "Goodnight Moon". Go figure. But he does like "The Foot Book"!


He loves to walk back and forth through the house with either his little Winnie-the-Pooh lawnmower (I can't find a photo of this on the net) or his Playskool walk n ride. Or sometimes for a change of pace he'll take one of his little plastic chairs and push that, but he gets all mad when it won't go up on the carpet (and I of course come in with one of the wheeled ones explaining how those will work on the carpet).


We recently rearranged everything in our living room - took out the huge space hog of a coffee table and the no longer needed glider rocker and added in the train/lego table and a toy/book shelf. Toys are no longer buried in the toybox and he has his own little plastic drawers to replace the ones he liked so much on the coffee table. Now the entire length of the kitchen and living room together are fully open and he can zoom back and forth across the house with his little mower or walk n ride. He LOVES this.
Of course he isn't too keen on the steering yet, so I am almost always 'helping' him get unstuck every few feet. But he is getting the hang of it.


Such an outdoorsy boy he is! Lately we have noticed just how happy he is outside - when he is troubled and fussing, we simply get his shoes on and take him out in the front yard (the wasps have taken over the back) and he is immediately calm and happy. Trees! Nature! Outside! He cannot get enough. Out in the driveway or for a walk in the stroller, he is blissed out. Or to the park! Or the beach! Or both! Funny though, he is not a fan of the heat. So we just make sure we take him to shaded places. Luckily our front yard is ALL shade!


And! He LOVES the bigger kids. Loves them! He loves to watch them run and play and he will follow them wherever they go if we let him. The other night we were at Friday Night Dinner with our close friends, parents of Beanie (of the infamous Beanie and Sprouty). Usually we're managing Kiernen, following him around, making sure he doesn't wander outside or get into things he ought not or whatever. But that night, Beanie went into his room and Kiernen followed him in there, and they just hung out and played. And we didn't even have to follow him! MBD did a swing by to check that all was well and it really was. Delight! And a little bit of nostalgia because my baby! Is not so much a baby anymore.


Then after dinner we all went for a little walk around the neighborhood and Kate carried him! Not me, not MBD, but Kate! Someone other than his very own parents! And he was fine with it. He was laughing at us walking behind her and at Beanie and he was having a great time! My baby. My heart melted and it said, "Stay here. Stay in Washington, where Kiernen's friends are." Because you know, he has known Beanie since he was in the womb. And Beanie is so so good with him. They are soul brothers, those two. And? His parents are our very best friends here.


And! Kiernen's comprehension is so high! He is a boy of few words, but he understands them quite well. He knows exactly what I mean when I ask him if he wants to go for a walk, or take a bath in the water, or use the potty, or eat some biteys, or nurse, or go for a ride in the car to get Daddy, or....He is a smart little guy! Of course this also means that we have to watch what we say in his presence now, too - time to ramp up the censorship of adult speak!


Oh, and the kisses! When I get particularly close to his face or if we're playing and he feels affectionate, he will make a little, "mmmm" noise and lean in close to my face. I then kiss him on the mouth and we both giggle away - it is a part of the game. But I love that he gives me kisses! Sometimes even when I ask for them. What a sweetie!


Despite his newly found independance lately - or maybe because of it - he is very snuggly. He wants to be close to me all the time still - he wants his Mama to come along! He will climb in my lap with a book in hand or just want to sit with me or be held by me just as much as ever. He will tug on my pants when I'm in the kitchen trying to do dishes/take my vitamins/cook food and look up at me, shouting, "MA!" (up) until I pick him up. He can sometimes be appeased with some food in his high chair but other times I'd better darn well hold him. Thank goodness for my Ellaroo wrap! I can wear him around the kitchen while I get things finished - just not the dishes.



My baby - my baby boy is officially for all intents and purposes a toddler. A toddler! And man alive, is he ever awesome. How I love that child of mine - he is just so amazing to be with.
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Chasmyn,

Loved your post! Thanks for sharing all your news.

Such an outdoorsy boy he is! Lately we have noticed just how happy he is outside - when he is troubled and fussing, we simply get his shoes on and take him out in the front yard

Ditto this for Tova -- she is exactly the same. I'm like this too, so I guess she comes by it naturally.

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Such an outdoorsy boy he is! Lately we have noticed just how happy he is outside - when he is troubled and fussing, we simply get his shoes on and take him out in the front yard

Double ditto for Malek - that's been our secret weapon from day one - Malek fusses, step outside and all is well (what a life saver!) - appeasing Malek's thirst for the outdoors is how I lost all of my pregnancy weight! Now he looks at the trees and sky and says "pretty" - speaking of words - Some other parents in my AP group were saying that they had heard and seen that some AP children do rely on their super close seemingly psychic connection to their parents and communicate more often in wordless ways, thus speaking and signing later then non AP
Malek's spoken vocab is MUCH larger than his daily use of the words, but I always know what he's talking about either way -

according to the books, its totally normal for a 12 month old to only be saying mama or dada and nothing else - only some kids say three or more words - and I also have read/heard that infants tend to put more effort into either physical or verbal - Malek can walk, but he choses not too - I guess he figures why should he when he can get anywhere he wants to be by running on hands and feet and climbing with 100% confidence?, and with walking he doesn't yet have much. He can walk holding onto my hand, but I just don't push it bc that's not his thing at the moment, ya know?

as far as signing - I read in one of those signing books that the later you start with signs, the sooner they will sign back (bc they are more apt. to sign at 12 mos than 7 - so you waist less time showing them something they're not ready for) so I waited until after Malek's first birthday and wow! i only have to show him a sign one time and he gets it! He only knows 'finished', 'more', and 'milk' bc that's all I know - he also has a his own sign for 'up'

- have any of you heard any of those 'old wives tales' for reading skills? I was at my moms school the other day, where she teaches, in the faculty room - and a bunch of teachers were discussing how a child's ability to crawl correlates with their ability to read - that an excellent crawler, who is not early to walk, tends to be a great reader bc of the brain pathways and brain coordination they develop. Another group of moms was saying that the age of the first tooth correlates to reading readiness - first tooth at 5months equals ready to read at 5 years - first at 6mos = 6 years... they all say its true...
- pretty crazy sounding if you ask me, but what do I know?...

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Some other parents in my AP group were saying that they had heard and seen that some AP children do rely on their super close seemingly psychic connection to their parents and communicate more often in wordless ways
true. and the fact that DH and I, even when we weren't together, have always been able to communicate without words, probably just exacerbates {sp?} the 'problem'
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true. and the fact that DH and I, even when we weren't together, have always been able to communicate without words, probably just exacerbates {sp?} the 'problem'

I love that - when time after time DH and I are right on track with one anothers thinking - he almost never calls home without me first thinking of him and moving closer to the phone

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Kitty,

Chasmyn, Henry LOVES "Goodnight Gorilla" too. I think it's his favorite. Have you noticed how there's a balloon on just about every page? And that the zookeeper's name is Joe? (Yes, we read that one a LOT.)

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