Isla was technically 18 months old last Friday, but I wanted to wait and post after her 18 month checkup, which was yesterday. This post is going to be long-winded; I apologize in advance!
We tried for some Raggedy Ann pictures today, but she was not really in the mood. Ten minutes after I put the camera away, she was all smiles and laughter.
At 15 months, there were some concerns about her drop on the growth curve. We were hoping that she would start a new curve and not drop anymore, but that is not the case. She dropped in both weight (from 37% to 27%) and height (from 15% to 5%). She has only gained a half pound and grown a half inch in the last three months. But at least she is still growing!
Our doctor was concerned about her height and that she is not growing at the right rate, so she wants to run some tests. Her first thought is that it could be a thyroid problem. She also says it could be a growth hormone issue, but that is less common at Isla's age. It could be nothing too; Isla might just be a small person. But since she wasn't always this small, there is a chance that there is something causing her growth to slow down. We didn't do the bloodwork yesterday because Isla has been sick, so we are waiting two weeks before going back in for those labs and her shots. That is going to be a fun appointment! =)
made a list about a month ago with all the words/animal sounds that Isla can say/make. It was about 15 words/sounds. But that was a very generous list. She hasn't added anything new to her list of words/sounds in the past month. Her actual words that she uses on a somewhat consistent basis are very few, maybe 4-5. She says "da" for dad, duck and dog. She says "buh-buh" for bye-bye. She says "ma" when she wants something, which makes me think she is saying mom or more (or both!).
Part of me wants to give her more time. (We are still paying the bill for all her physical therapy!) Eighteen months seems a little young to start therapy already. Maybe she is just going to be a late talker. Her receptive language skills are really good. She understands everything we say, she points at things, she follows instructions, she interacts with us, she is very interested in copying everything Audrey does lately (video of this coming soon!). She is most definitely aware of and participating in her world. Her intonation is great. She gets the right tone for many things (like counting to three or saying ready, set, go or knock-knock). Often you can tell what she is trying to say by her tone; she just doesn't make the right sound.
I know brachycephaly and torticollis can lead to developmental delays, especially if untreated. Isla overcame those things, but maybe they are still affecting her. Hypothyroidism can also cause developmental delays, so maybe some of this is related to a thyroid problem like the doctor suspects. I just don't know. So I sit and wonder and ramble about it on my blog, because it makes me feel better to get all these thoughts out of my head. Is anyone out there still reading all this???