Eli was born on October 14th, 2008. He came into this world screaming, pink and perfect. He was such an easy baby. He slept through the night from the start, until about 3 months old, when he had a growth spurt and needed to nurse through the night. He has been a difficult sleeper since then. He had reflux issues from birth and some sensitivities to dairy, soy and a couple of other things. With meds and careful positioning we managed the reflux and around 12 months he stopped needing medicine for it. He still can’t tolerate milk but does tolerate cheese and yogurt.
Eli was eager to catch up with his big sis and bro and around 10 months old he just got up and started walking. His first steps were from a truck to his big brother. It was around that time that he started to talk as well. He had a few simple words: ids (kids), iddy (kitty) addy (daddy) and he made tons of baby babble sounds. Around a year those things disappeared and he hasn’t used those words since.
At 15 months I knew he wasn’t talking like he probably should have been. He didn’t have any words at all. When he went for his well check his pediatrician said we should consider EI (early intervention). I thought about it, but my older son was speech delayed too and he was fine once he caught up and I felt that if we just gave Eli some more time he’d catch up and be fine. So we opted to give him until 18 months and see what we could see at that time.
Around 16 months Eli started to call the dog “oggy” and he would yell “bah” any time he saw a ball of any sort. We were so excited and figured he was well on his way to catching up and talking. About two weeks later those words disappeared and he just stopped saying them.
By the time we got to 18 months, Eli had quite a few words come and go and at his 18 month well check he didn’t have any real true words that the doctor was willing to consider as words. He wasn’t pointing to things. He didn’t make his needs known to us. He was beginning to get frustrated with life. He didn’t answer to his name. He didn’t respond to simple questions. Loud noises did not impact him in any way whatsoever. When the doctor spoke to him he acted as if she wasn’t talking at all. He at that point though would start to babble to someone, wait for a response and babble something else back. That lasted about a week. So the doctor said she was concerned and she said we MUST call EI and get an evaluation. She also sent us for a hearing test just to rule that out. Eli hears, so hearing isn’t an issue!
We got in touch with EI and right before 19 months they came and did their evaluation. They said for somethings (fine motor) he was beyond his age, and for some things (speech, both in how he was “talking” and how he appeared to understand the spoken word) he was significantly behind. Eli was in top form for the eval and he was very happy to do all the tricks they asked him to do. He simply fell in love with the woman doing his eval and he was eager to please hr.
Eli qualified for maximum support from EI. That means that he gets 1 hour of speech therapy and 1 hour of occupational thereapy at home each week. He also will be starting in a toddler group which is 2hrs once a week.
We are just getting started on our journey with all of the therapies and I hope to document his progress and all that goes on with these things in this blog.