18 Months Old

A year and a half.  Yeesh.  My Max is growing growing growing.His cheeks are plump and sososo kissable and pinchable and edible.  Not really edible, but I fear one day I just might chomp down on them because, well, just look at them.He had his 18 month checkup today.  It wasn’t great.  The shots are one thing, but there’s some other stuff happening that led to him having to have blood drawn and a urine sample taken.  You know how they take a urine sample from a toddler?  They put this little adhesive pouch on and just wait for him to do his thing.  So after the shots we sat in the exam room and played with toys had some snacks and the nurse even gave us some bubbles.

So these other things.  For the last 5 weeks or so Max has had random fevers ranging from 99-102.7 degrees, 2 to 3 days a week.  At first I chalked it up to teething because last week he got two more teeth (total of 14).  He’s had no other symptoms of illness besides the fever.  The doctor said if he has a random fever again, I am to bring him in immediately.  Today was the first time since he was born that his pediatrician heard a heart murmur.  Max had a heart murmur at birth.  He said it’s not uncommon to have a murmur, and the kind he has is just the blood moving.  Of course I’m screaming on the inside by now.  He had the urine sample and blood taken to run tests for anything that could be causing these random fevers.  So now we just play the waiting game.  He does this thing with his eyes where he kind of bats them slowly and his eyes sort of roll a little.  The first time I noticed it was a while ago just around the house while playing.  Then he started doing it, and continues to do it, when he meets new people or is just being shy.  He did it to the doctor today and he asked me how often he does that.  I told him he mostly does it when he meets new people and he said it could just a social thing but to watch how often and in what kind of situations he does it in because it could suggest seizures.  GREAT.  To top it off he has referred us to a speech therapist and wants a hearing test ran on him.

He’s 18 months old and doesn’t say one word.  He says “eh”, and uses inflection when doing so.  He babbles and uses consonants and vowels.  I’m not, and haven’t been worried about his speech.  He understands what we say and he can communicate with sign language (it’s incredible!) and his little grunts and pointing.  And hearing?  He seems to hear just fine.  He hears the bedroom door open in the morning when Rob gets up and runs to greet him.  He can hear the dogs barking outside.  He hears airplanes and points up and says “EEEEEEHHHH” excitedly.  I’m just not worried about his speech development at this point.  I just feel like this is one  of those ‘every baby develops at their own pace’ type of things.  I’m really curious to know other parents’ experiences with speech development.  Besides all the health stuff, he’s a happy guy.  For the most part.  I think when he and I spend time apart during the day it does us both some good and we have an easier time.  He does have his big tantrums almost daily.  Lately they include kicking, hitting and spitting and of course yelling and crying.  But the spitting is my favorite (NOT).

I really wanted this post to be a happier one but after our doctor visit today I just can’t seem to find those words.  I know he’ll be fine, no matter what it is or isn’t.  I just really hate, as I’m sure all parents do, being told that there’s something wrong with your child.  Something wrong with their body and we don’t know what it is.He’s an amazing little boy.  Full of belly laughs and little giggles sugar and spice and everything (naughty) and nice.  He’s such an independent little guy and doesn’t mind adventuring on his own while I watch from afar.

I just love this kid.


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