Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Twenty three months

Owen is 23 months old!  And don't worry, I will stop aging him by months on his birthday :)  Afterall, he is soon to be the big boy age of TWO!!  According to the Yoe weight room scale he weighs 29 lbs.

He loves babies.  In fact, he welcomed another baby boy cousin (Kannon) into the family last week.  He is quick to point babies out in public.  He says "Ba ba!" and even pats them very gently.

He loves to play!  Not only can he make a monster truck sound but he can now muster up a loud ROAR!!  These things aren't always's true, boys are just wired differently :)

He also loves to prance around in his sister's Disney princess high heel collection.  He can even run and make his way down stairs in them!  His daddy is not so much amused. 

He enjoys everything about football (except sitting still in the stands on Friday nights)!  He even demanded to sleep in his maroon jersey last night.  Somedays you just have to pick your battles :)  He is still doing gymnastics and does a great job with forward rolls, log rolls and walking on the balance beam.  I think he probably likes the bunnies in the break room more than his actual class.  His attention span doesn't normally last the whole hour but he is not alone.  His coach commented that he follows instructions exceptionally well, which is definitely nice to hear.

Shortly after he turned 22 months he was evaluated for speech by Early Childhood Intervention.  They came to our house and did about an hour of testing with him.  Although I explained my concerns to the social worker over the phone I am so glad that she was able to meet with him to provide her professional insight.  He was tested on six different categories, including social, communication and motor skills.  Overall he is right on track.  He tested one month ahead on motor skills and one month behind on communication skills.  This was not grounds for any speech therapy.  I was relieved and surprised at the same time!  It is very evident that he processes EVERYthing internally but just doesn't express himself vocally much yet.  It also has a LOT to do with the fact that his older sister talks for him ;)  Since the evaluation I've noticed that he is more willing to repeat new words.  It might be awhile before he is linking words together but we certainly want him to do things at his own pace.

He is sleeping MUCH better these days (halleluja)! He even sleeps through most nights. He takes one long nap each day, sometimes starting around 10:30 and other times around 1.....depending on our schedule each day. He sleeps anywhere from 2-4 hours!  He is eating a little better now.  Some of his most recent favorites include raisins, crutons and dinner rolls.  He is always up for eating pizza, tortillas and yogurt!  Everything else is just hit or miss.  He has shown some stranger anxiety lately.  He is not a fan of the church nursery, which is really the only time he leaves mama all week.  His personality is much more reserved than his big sis.  It has never seemed to bother her when we leave.

Only four weeks left until his birthday!  Time to get in party planning mode....

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