Chronological Age: 15 months and 24 days
Adjusted Age: 12 months and 9 days
Weight: 20 pounds!!! and 3 ounces
Height: 28.25 inches
Each month, I try to write an update about what Samuel is like....mostly for my own benefit. I know that there will come a day when I won't remember what he liked to eat, how we spent our days, or the excitement about all the new things he was doing at this age. Thankfully, I'll always have these monthly summaries to remind me. :)
He has made a lot of progress with his speech. He babbles constantly....and jabbers occasionally. We hear a lot of "doh-go", "gock", "bababa", "dadada", "gog", "gak", "bug-ga", bada", and so on. He has a few words in his vocabulary, which he sometimes uses in the correct context. He says, "bye-bye", "daddy", "dada", "baba", "mama", "go-go", "nana" (which means 'no'), "hi", and "dog." He's REALLY into imitating right now. He'll try to echo almost anything and is usually successful at getting the first two phonemes (if I asked him to say 'cat' he would say 'KA!'.)
Eating is still hit-and-miss, but it's getting better. He drinks from his bottle 4x a day. I was concerned that he is still needing the bottle until his pediatrician told me not to worry about it for another six months because he's so small. He drinks out of a sippy cup, straw, and open-mouth cup frequently. He loves the homemade baby food I've been making - which is a lot thicker than the store bought stuff and tastes better. He seems to be doing a smidge better with table food. (Cheetos are one of his favorite as you can see from the picture.)
Samuel is still sleeping all night (thank goodness!) but has been waking up every day at about 5:45am. I think he's trying to kill me! He takes two 1 hour naps during the day.
There is no doubt that Samuel is a daddy's boy. He lights up when Michael walks into the house. If Michael ever leaves the room without him, he BAWLS. This morning I put him in bed with us and he crawled over to Michael, put his head on his chest, and rested there for at least 10 minutes (something he never does with me.)
I can tell that he's making progress (in all areas) since beginning therapy in March. Speech reevaluated him and it looks like he is right on track in Expressive Communication for his adjusted age. However, he is significantly delayed in Auditory Comprehension....where he scored at a 9 month level. He's doing very well in PT (obviously, since he's walking now), and OT seems to be coming along too.