David''s 18 month well baby check up went well. The nurse had trouble measuring David''s length as he was in a very bad mood. I think he knew he had a shot coming. . . . He''s now all vaccinated til he''s 5 years old. Poor little guy, I counted his vaccination record up - he got 20 shots in 18 months. OUCH!
David has new shoes! His last pair, summer sandals, are getting too small, so I took him shoe shopping today. David sure did have fun running up and down the aisles - for some reason, the word ''shoe'' brings out the runner in David. Took me a bit to catch him - wow, is he getting fast, and practically sat on him to get him to stay still so I could try on the various shoes. Found a cute pair (on sale for $11.99!!) and now he''s ready for the fall. They''re a nice brown and black sneaker style - so when he plays in the mud and dirt, they won''t look too bad. *grin* My little boy is now wearing a size 6 in shoe. Wowsers, he has big feet for a little tike! :) He''s 18 months old now.
David had an eventful doctor appointment week. He got his hearing completely checked (and he hears perfectly!) and he got his eyes checked - to follow up on his earlier diagnosis of Horner''s Syndrome - the doc who checked his eyes didn''t see a thing wrong, YAY!, so here''s hoping that continues. He has a speech evaluation set up for November - because he''s still not talking and the pediatrician wants to make sure there''s no medical reason for his lack of speech - other than David not wanting to say any words.
David is officially a toddler. He walks REALLY well now - he''s mastered that in the last couple of days. It''s kind of scary now - he now has free hands while moving around to touch even more things. . .. :)
Turned off the breast pump for the last time today.
No more fresh breast milk for David. :( It''s a sad day. I''ve been gradually ''drying'' up for the last few weeks. Very bittersweet situation. I had hoped to make it to my longterm goal of 18 months to maybe even 2 years, but it was not meant to be. Thankfully, David DOES have a nice freezer stash, so he''ll be getting ''momsicles'' for at least a few more months - maybe even up until 18 months of age. David is 14 months, 1 week old. I am thankful for modern technology that allowed me to feed David breast milk via a bottle as long as I was able to, in spite of many difficulties and inability for David to ''latch on'' and feed from the tap.
We found a reasonably priced ($12.99) pair of shoes at Payless last night while at the mall, so David now has his very first pair of shoes! They''re just simple white leather with a soft flexible sole, so these should work out well for David. Maybe this is what David needed to get the confidence that he CAN indeed walk on his own.
David took his first steps today! He and his mom were playing with a beach ball when David suddenly got it in his head to pick the beach ball up while standing and throw it. Since he seemed to respond to the beach ball, Mom had the brilliant idea to use it as "bait", so with Dad holding the beach ball just out of David''s reach, he took his first steps today. And on Mother''s Day to boot! How cool is that?
Da-Da! David DEFINITELY uses the title ''da-da'' with intent these days. It''s so cute to watch him call out his father''s name and see his dad turn to him. Makes David giggle. :) We''re still working on ''ma-ma'', though. . . . . .
David''s a builder! It''s official. David''s been consistently stacking tupperware now for about a week. He can stack 3 high guaranteed, sometimes as high as 5 or 6. We have a genius. He MUCH prefers knocking down the blocks that mommy stacks up, though. He doesn''t seem to like stacking the ''real'' foam blocks we have - instead those little plastic gerber baby food containers that I saved are his preferred method of building. :)
David''s doing the ''hover in one spot'' thing! He''s SO incredibly close to actually walking on his own; it''s quite interesting to watch him gain his confidence. He can take a couple of steps, but then he''ll realize what he''s doing and immediately sit down or hang onto something. He giggles so adorably when he realizes he''s standing all by himself!
Last night we got to go to ER for first time with ds. He has a big scratch on his cornea and lots of little scratches on his eye lid and a black eye that seems to be darkening.. . . no perm. damage, though, the docs think.
We were warned about running with scissors and putting outlet covers on and locking up poisons, but no one ever thought to warn us about brownies falling off a plate and crawling babies. . . .. . . .esp end crusty pieces of brownie. . . .
Today David climbed up the banana ''steps'' at the local mall play area - he wanted more than anything to play in the ''bowl of cereal''. (This is a play area made of foam food items - mostly breakfast items.) He saw many other kids playing in the big cereal bowl and he wanted to, too!
David seems to be getting closer to saying ''da-da'' and meaning it as a title instead of just a neat sound that he repeats over and over and
over . . . . .He''s also VERY close to taking his first steps - he''s holding onto stuff now more and more and toddling along until he realizes what he''s doing and then drops back down to knees and crawls
around. . .. :)