Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sweet Isaac!

Isaac! Isaac! Isaac!  I don't seem to blog about our youngest son too much, so this is totally devoted to him!  Isaac is now 10 1/2 months old and such a joy to raise.  He is very active and energetic and reminds us a lot of Noah in that sense.  He is also very sweet and loving and affectionate.  He looks different than the other boys did as a baby.  He is thin and tall...no chunk to him at all!  He resembles my side of the family far more than Michael's side.  As of yesterday, he started taking a few steps!  Amazing!  This morning he took 6 steps and I actually captured it on my phone!  Noah walked at 10 months, so this isn't too surprising to us.  

At Isaac's 9 month appointment, the Dr. was going through the usual list of questions they ask at well-baby appointments.  When she asked about his language skills, she thought he should be saying more by this point.  At that time, he wasn't saying much of anything or making any noises at all.  She said that at his age he should be able to make a few hard consonant sounds (ba-ba-ba, da-da-da, ma-ma-ma, etc...) and he wasn't.  So she gave me some literature for a program here in Kalamazoo called Early On.  It is a program that sends someone out to evaluate your child to determine if he qualifies for therapy.  When I left the appointment, I felt frustrated, worried and scared...nobody wants anything to be *delayed* or *wrong* with their child!  I went ahead and called Early On immediately to set something up for Isaac.   As I was driving home later that day, Isaac starts jibber jabbering away in his car seat...I hear, "ma-ma-ma and da-da-da!"  I just started thanking the Lord! :)  I decided to keep the appointment just to have him evaluated.  His appointment was about 2 weeks ago.  Two ladies came out to evaluate him and when they do this, they evaluate the "whole child" not just the area of concern.  He did great in all areas...scored 11-13 months in motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, and other areas that I can't remember.  However, he did score in the 5-8 month range for speech.  So he does indeed qualify for in-home help.  The ladies gave me a couple of exercises to start trying with him.  They both thought that his tongue had a lot to do with his lack of words.  He is constantly twirling it all around and hasn't really learned how to "deal" with it yet.  In the few weeks that we have been working with him, I have already noticed a difference.  His own therapist comes for the first time at the end of January and will work with him every 4-6 weeks for the next year.  They believe that he will be caught up in no time.  

So that is the latest scoop on our Isaac.  We are going to Texas this year for Christmas and I am so excited for everyone to meet him!  He is an absolute doll.  Michael and I are debating getting him a haircut.  It is getting long and curly...but it is so cute!  I know that once I cut it he won't seem much like a baby anymore and I don't know if I'm ready for that yet!


Rygal said...

Hey Mandy! Caleb needed Early On as well...at 18 months, he was evaluated at the 4-6 month level. I totally understand the thought that something is "wrong" with your child! :) We did the therapy for a year, and he caught up so much, that I discontinued the services. Now look at him!! :)

Who will your therapist be? If you have any questions, let me know...I know it always gives me a little relief to know that there's someone who's been there!


Anonymous said...

Grandma says don't cut the hair until after his first birthday. But then that's just my opionion. Michael's was long and curly before I had it cut. (Maybe Noah talks so much, Isaac is just hanging back letting Noah talk for him)

A.B. Davis said...

he is a doll!!! looks so different than drew and noah, you wouldn't even practically know they're brothers. kind of like Gideon and Eli... :) hope all is well with you guys! have a great time in tx. i'm guessing you're giving pastor jon from texas some flack for being a longhorns fan?! :)

Sabrina said...

Luke had his speech evaluation last month too, I know how you feel. We miss you guys!!

Sabrina said...

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