Am back, am back, am back

Hello everyone!! Been so long, I guess the longest I have been away, the reasons are multifold some good, some bad, mostly good! Weekends have been crazy busy, starting with a lot of family and friends visiting over the thanksgiving break, followed by another close friend’s visit the following weekend, and so on…and not much free time at work either, actually close to no free time at all, to catch up on the blogging, so anyways here I am, back and this post is all about the big mouth on the little one.

So, about 3 weeks ago we had my brother’s family (including their little boy, T, 6 months younger to Avy) and my mom, other friends from Chicago with their kids visit us. We also had another family join us 2 days later, anyway in short it was houseful. I was just so curious to see how Little Avy would handle it, as he is pretty possessive of his things.

So little T enters, and pushes all of Avy’s alphabet magnets from the fridge onto the floor:shocking Avy, who loves loves the alphabet and can recite it since he was 20 months old. So he kept his cool and picked up every one of them and put it back on the fridge. I was proud of him,as he  did not throw a fit, just fixed the situation. So Avy leaves to play in the living room and little T walks by the fridge and pushes it all AGAIN!! Avy exactly at that moment enters the kitchen and is just utterly SHOCKED, and with a trembling voice yells:

“T go sit in timeout” (with tears flowing by now)

I had to pacify him and help him put it all back again, only to be pushed away multiple times by little T. But after the first two times, Avy just gave up. Then after they all left, he finally put it all back, and then a day later found the one he had missed and with his trademark smile tells me “T did it”:)

Family I tell you is the best!

The following weekend,  one of my close friend from college visited us and it turned out to be one of the most eventful weekends for Avy so far. We found that the Sesame Street  (Here ) musicalwas playing in  a nearby city and we wanted to take him, after all it is his favorite show ever. He knows all the monsters’ names and is just obsessed. It was supposed to be on Saturday evening, but there was some huge snow in the forecast and it almost did not happen. Somehow my husband got the tickets moved to the 2pm show and am so glad we went. Luckily we got back home before the snow got worse.

From the moment he lay eyes on Big Bird (character) he could not close his mouth or eyes and it was just glee. We though that was the best part, but the best part was yet to come. He squealed, giggled, laughed and enjoyed himself so much, and to add to the mix, he got blue cotton candy!! So blue tongue was all the rage!

Anyways, we got back and spent the rest of the weekend just lazing around, and a couple of days later my husband decided to narrate our whole going to see “Sesame street” incident in story form and that unleashed a cute little story monster in the house. It has been 2 weeks and till now, we have to “talk sesafe street” with him ALL the time. When he wakes up, when he eats, when he goes in the car, when he sleeps. This was the boy who had to read five books before he slept, but now, all he wants is 30 minutes of Sesafe (Sesame) Street story.

It has unleashed such creativity in him, and he makes up his own stories, on how he flies with Grover, how big bird gives him juice, how Bert and Ernie give him cereal, I mean he talks non stop.

He also says that one of his daycare buddies, the one he refers to as his “chellam” (pet), is supposedly Bert and Avy is Ernie, I beleive.

So happy we could take him to see what is the biggest thing in that little mind. At the show, Grover came to the audience and came near Avy and gave him a hi fi. Avy’s reaction to that was “Groverv came to see Avy, Grover likes Avy, Grover gives hifi” 🙂

Sweet words!

All is sweet with his vocabulary and I have to leave you with what I think is the best response I have gotten out of him, this is how our conversation went;

Me; ‘Avy have you gone poo-poop?” (I did get a strong smell)

Avy: (Shaking head profusely) “No No No No”

I peek in his diaper and did not find anything at the first try, but eventually did and he had gone poo-poop.

Me” “Avy you have gone poo-poop”

Avy: ‘No No No No”

Me: ” You are diaper full of poo-poop”

Avy (after thinking for 2 seconds) :”Avy diaper full of clean”!

Me:!!@@##!!

Giggles away!!!!

With that picture in all your mind, see you again soon!

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Early intervention…

As I have mentioned before Avy was a little delayed walking, well even standing. He would never stand, even holding onto something, much before his first birthday. We started being concerned as he would do not do anything that had to do with bearing weight on the legs. So this program called Early Intervention (this is a state-run program, most states have it, that deals mainly with helping parents cope with developmental delays in their kids) was suggested to us by our pediatrician and he said we could wait or call them. I believe in having things done as soon as possible, especially when it comes to health, I believe in sooner the better.  So I made the call and after a couple of cancelled appointments due to Avy’s health, they finally came in September 2009 and evaluated him for the first time. A physical therapist, a child developmental specialist and a coordinator visited us.

They kind of reinforced what we knew about him, he was slow in the motor skills area but very ahead in his cognitive skills. But the physical therapist felt that even though he was slow, his muscle tone etc were fine so she wanted us to wait. She said to give him 3 months and if he was not walking by then, or bearing weight, we would address it. He slowly but steadily started standing, but it was not until a week before the 3 month deadline did he start walking.

So nearly 7 months have gone by, but he still walks with the weight on the inner side of his feet, while they had mentioned that it would gradually shift to the outside. Also, he alsmot always keeps his toes clenched, which sometimes makes him trip and fall. So I made the call again, to have them come out and see if anything needs to be done.  So yesterday was the chosen day 🙂

The appointment was at 3.30, I went and picked up Avy from his daycare and reached home by 3.25. Two of the three people came and started the evaluation. Here is where it got really funny…

Avy was a kid who knew how to do his entire shape puzzle by the time he was 15 months old, 8 shapes (circle, square, rectangle, oval, star, heart, triangle and diamond), and he could name them all by the time he was 16 months, yet, yesterday when she pulled out her puzzle and handed him the biggest circle to be fitted correctly, he just stared at me blankly…:). Like as though this was the first time ever he has seen a circle, and what more, when she asked him what shape it is, he saw me and asked “uh?”….I was speechless.:)

But after some coaxing he did fit the puzzles correctly, but would not name them at all, not till the end. And then to continue in his defying trend, the physical therapist asked me to ask him to stand and go get something, since she wanted to see how he would stand up (with or without using the floor as a crutch)…so I ,ever so sweetly,

Amma: “Avy, can you go get amma the big ball?”

He looks at me and points to the ball. I say “yeah, can you go bring it?”…and guess what he does??

HE CRAWLS!!!!…..now say what you want, but when people come to evaluate his legs, the last thing I want him doing is crawling instead of walking 🙂 The room was filled with laughter!!

Then, we got the Bramashthram (a weapon given as a boon by Lord Brahma, one mega powerful one) out. His A,B,C puzzle. See I am shamelessly proud that my son knows his A, B,C..and that he has known it since he was 20 months. So we pull out the 26 piece puzzle, hoping against all odds that he breaks the trend of the evening, and proves to the world how smart he is….my son came through!! He dazzled them with putting all of them correctly and naming all the letters perfectly.

The lady asked us if he was forming 2 and 3 word sentences. I said, “Yes”, while Ajit, very pleasingly adding “Yeah whenever he forms a 2 word sentence, one word would have to be No” (No amma, No appa, No thatha, No Patti, No paal…etc etc)

We then went through series of discussions as to what needs to be done etc etc. Here is the conclusion:

a) His legs need some kind of attention, so we are going to work with a physical therapist twice a month for that. Nothing alarming, just to help him get there. As far the toe clenching goes it maybe in the genes, as his dad does it till today!!!

b) He is way advanced in all his other cognitive and emotional skills. She said as much as being 27 months and 30 months in some areas. SO I was proud 🙂 She told us that we have done great…and feels good once in a while to be validated. They said they have not seen a kid whip out a puzzle and do it all in any of their home visits :)…ellam ennoda ABC paithiyum 🙂

So I am sure with a little help he is going to be walking better. I would also like to add that any parent reading this, or anyone who knows a parent worrying if their kids are developing properly, motor skill-wise or speech issues or any other concerns, feel free to call this agency in your state (of course in the USA, but am sure there are similar organizations in India). They come out and evaluate free of cost, and the charge for the services are minimal too. Please do not hesitate, it might appear as though we are making a big fuss about nothing, but as the old adage goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’. It is your kid, nothing you do to keep them happy and safe, even if it seems over the top ever goes waste!

With the clenched toes…trying to stand…