Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I think we've already deja-ed this vu

Today was Cordelia's 15 month appointment with the doctor and it went pretty well. She's still in the 95th percentile for height, so my streak of making very tall children continues. She did drop from 80% to 65% percentile for weight, but the doctor said that's pretty normal for kids at her age since they are eating all solid foods and very active. Cordelia may have fallen behind on weight gain from having to cut milk, but considering that she eats every minute that she's awake, I guess she's trying to make up for it.


MOAR FOOD

She's all shiny in that picture because I put olive oil on her pasta. Kids her age are supposed to get 50% of their calories from fat, and with dairy out of the picture, I have to get creative sometimes.

I'm going to be taking Cordelia to an allergist to figure out if she's actually allergic to dairy and to see if there is anything else we should be avoiding. She has eczema on her legs and it's itchy enough that she's scratching until she bleeds through her clothing, so we really want to figure out how to make that go away. Her face eczema seemed connected to the dairy in her diet, so maybe her leg eczema is from some other allergy. I just hope it's not grapes. I don't think she can live in a world without grapes.




The other thing I talked to the doctor about was how Cordelia isn't talking. At 15 months, she has no words yet. She'll echo back a few things and she has reactionary words (like "Uh oh!" when she drops something), but she's not independently using words and at this point, that makes her a little delayed. Since this is not my first time at this particular rodeo, it's all much less confusing and scary this time around. The doctor wants us to go ahead and book her an appointment to be evaluated at Kennedy Krieger because the wait list is about 6 months. I'm also going to have someone locally evaluate her. I'm hoping by scheduling all these things, she'll start talking the week before the appointment just to mess with me. That's what she did about walking. Until a week and a half ago, she wasn't really walking and honestly, I was getting concerned about it. She just wanted me to get a good, frothy panic going before she decided that she was done with crawling.


Naked sock wearing baby: Your argument is invalid


Maybe she's just taking the whole "copying the older sibling" thing to a new level?


Accept no substitutes for the original crazy one

As on update on my whole saga of back pain, I have an appointment for early Friday morning with an actual doctor this time. I'm hoping he can go over my MRI results (and the radiologist's report) and answer my questions.





The other thing I'm doing is getting a referral for a neurosurgeon. These things take time and I'd rather have the referral already processed and an appointment made so I can reduce my waiting in pain time as much as possible. This may mean I'll need to make a day trip to Johns Hopkins, but they take my insurance there so if you're going to have a doctor look at your spine, that seems like it'd be worth the drive. This is all assuming that steroid injection next week doesn't work and fix me completely. My optimism is on vacation right now, and I'm happily residing in the Land of Pessimistic Planning.





Did you copy your older sibling? I did when I was younger and that's how I know so much about comic books and the source of my Street Fighter (Sega!) skills.

30 comments:

  1. You should have Cordelia meditate about speaking. I hear that works.

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    1. I don't think she's been concentrating hard enough. You really have to work your core when you meditate.

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  2. My older sis is a tots nerd. I am the cooler, funnier, younger sis. BORN to be wild. She should copy me.

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  3. Glad you are getting a neurosurgeon consult. I am a neurology nurse and have been reading (lurking)your blog for a long time. You really shouldn't be lifting anything heavy - ie. children - (if you are) or bending and twisting your back.

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    1. I try to lift the kids as little as possible, but especially with the baby it's unavoidable for many things. When they are asleep, I try to rest as much as possible. I'll see a neurologist on the 19th, which isn't even that long to wait!

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  4. Yea, it's hard to avoid lifting young children. Back problems are a terrible thing to go through. :( I hope you get better soon. I enjoy reading your running stories. :)

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  5. It took me a while to start talking, but they figured out it was because I was able to manipulate my older brother into getting anything I wanted. Turns out I was way smarter than they gave me credit for!

    It must suck to have that much back pain with two little kids… hopefully they'll be able to get the ball rolling on treatment. Just curious- are you using military doctors? I've been in the Navy for just over a year and I refuse to allow myself any kind of illness or injury because I don't trust any of them...

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    1. I don't use the doctors on base (the "in network doctors"). I go to the "out of network" civilian doctors that accept Tricare.

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  6. Have you ever read Amalah (http://www.amalah.com/)? She has a theory that talking about a trend with your child on the internet will immediately cause the reverse to occur. I think she used the example of a child sleeping through the night reversing to never sleeping because she wrote about it.

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  7. All I can say to any of this is that I was with you when you slammed your knee and turned it purple and big. You barely complained and finished the run and simply posted a picture of the carnage. Given that I have glimpsed your ability to ignore obvious pain I CANNOT imagine what your back feels like.

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  8. Maybe if you shared your Frito sub with her she'd talk? Really hope the injections work as well for you as they did for me.

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  9. It's good to get C. checked out, but seriously, kids can mess with you. I have had my kids (the second one less than the first) checked out for various things that the doctor borderline freaked out about ... and then turned out to be nothing. On the other hand, my youngest had Scarlet Fever (didn't that end in the Downton Abbey era?) and a doctor didn't diagnose it - my Kindergarten teacher friend did. It is seriously hard to know what to get checked out and what to chill about.

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  10. PS - I used to have a picture, but now I've turned into a grey/blue blob - and I'm too lazy to figure out why.

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  11. I don't have any kids, but my sister has three, so I'm basically an expert. Her first was delayed talking and by the third (turned two today) they just basically don't talk at all. Just a series of grunts and pointing and the older ones take care of the interpretation. Good for you to be proactive in getting her checked out, but I'm sure they'll all even out by the time they're 12 or something.

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  12. I think your kids are messing with you.

    I was the oldest but apparently my little brother didn't talk until he was like 3 years old and then started talking in complete sentences. The theory is that I just never shut up to let him get a word in edgewise.

    And while I was the oldest, my brother was always way cooler than I was...

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    1. I hope she's just messing with me, otherwise I'm just going to move into the speech therapy place lol

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  13. My Son is about about a week younger than your daughter and he doesn't talk at all. He babbles mama and dada but that's it. I didn't even know i should be worried about this. I'm a 1st time mom. How many words should i he be saying? Thank goodness his well baby is in a couple of weeks.

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    1. By 12 months, they should have 3-4 words beyond "mama" and "dada". If they still have none by 15 months, it's a good idea to do some screenings. They are painless and free and early intervention can really make a difference. If you want a free screening for you baby, contact your early childhood invention for your state/county. Ours in called Infants and Toddlers Program but other states have different names for it.

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  14. Have cut eggs out of her diet? Just a thought - good luck!!

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    1. I haven't yet, and I hope it's not eggs because it's such a good protein source (that she actually eats)

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  15. When Mike was a baby he was scheduled to see a specialist because he wasn't walking or crawling by 1 year (he was just rolling...), but the week before the appointment he was suddenly up and about. Kids just want to mess with you.

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  16. Good luck. I have 14 month old twin boys and one of them has quite a few words and the other will never say words in front of me but does in front of the babysitter. Gotta love that. Or not. My talker was enrolled in EI for gross motor and as soon as I went through the screening and the Physical Therapist started coming to our house he suddenly acted like I was some kind of nut bag and took off developmentally eclipsing his brother in everything-crawled first, walked first-you name it. So yeah. She is screwing with you!

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  17. I never copied my older brother since he was a bit "dorky" but we are great friends now:) Sorry to hear about your back woes:( Hoping the steroid injection works magic:)

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  18. I used to copy Alyssa ALL THE TIME. I would steal her clothes like it was my job, and I think she wanted to disown me, but now we are besties! If it makes you feel any better, Harrison is 18+ months and not saying a god damn thing.

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    1. Have you had his hearing tested? I know it's a pain because you have to go to a specialist for it, but it's worth it for the peace of mind that yes, he can hear you.

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    2. LOL well I was going to comment about my copycat shadow from childhood but she did it again and STOLE my comment. If all goes completely to hell and you have to go to Hopkins, lets hang out.

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  19. Yes and it explains my Hella dope knowledge of Adam and the ants and the smiths

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  20. Yes and it explains my Hella dope knowledge of Adam and the ants and the smiths

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