Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Depressing News...

Emerson had his 18 month wellness check-up today and now we have 2 new appointments with specialists next week. He will see a physical therapist on Monday to find out why he isn't really walking. He has just started to stand in the middle of the floor and then walk, but he isn't doing it enough. I know he can do it though, so I am not too concerned about it. The other appointment is for a cardiologist :( He has had a heart murmur since he was born, but it should have went away by the time he turned a year old. We are going to find out just how bad it is and if surgery will be needed. If it is bad, the pediatrician said that it will need to be patched. On top of all this, he almost got referred over to a speech therapist also. I don't think that one is really necessary. He can say a few words like tree and ball. If he can't say at least 50 words by the time he is 2, we will see a therapist for that also. Sigh....

You know, Hayden was so fast at everything. I am so saddened to see my little guy so far behind. Here's how the 2 compare:


rolled over-1 month(exactly)/4 months
crawl-7 months/10.5 months
walk-10.5 months/not yet
say 50 words-14 months/not yet

I know, I know. You are not supposed to compare, but I can't help it. I sure hope E is okay and catches up soon. Please send him prayers. He is so sweet. I can't imagine anything being wrong with him. He is perfect in my eyes.


cheri said...

he is perfect! don't worry...my second girl who is 2 has done things at a more reasonable rate than big sis....she's very cautious(didn't crawl till 11 months and walk till 14-15 months) and has never needed to say a lot...where as sophia, needed to talk right away to start barking orders at me. :) hope all is well with the mur mur. ((internet hug))

Angie said...

I'm sure he'll be fine, Brandy. Try not to worry! I'll be thinking about you guys, though. :)

And, comparing is tough...it looks like Hayden was quicker than most babies at those things, so try to consider that Em is just at the other end of the "normal" spectrum. Plus, my mom has always told me that the second child always talks less because the older sibling just answers everything for him. ;)

Renae Burt said...

I agree with both of the other posters. The second baby ALWAYS does things slower. Why should they do stuff? They have someone else to watch/do things for them.
I am sure he is totally fine.
Sounds normal to me!
Joshua is 14 months and only says 4 words! See...pretty normal!
Can't wait to hear an update!

Krista Smith said...

well, you know I can't say that the second baby is slower. but I will say that you're right that you shouldn't compare them! It's so easy to do, they are your only other real life example...but really, E is his own man. he knows what he needs to do. and he knows HOW to walk, because he's done it before. I'm sure he'll be just fine. **keeping my fingers crossed for ya!**

Sorry that was a depressing visit. *hug*

Joanna Bolick said...

I agree with the normal diagnosis from the above commenters! : ) Besides, with you and Hayden chattin' it up at home, I'm sure Emerson doesn't feel the need to say so much. It seems to me he's more like Clayton - a little quieter. I hope the appointment with the cardiologist goes well - i have a heart murmur but it's small and so I don't have to take anything for it. Here's hoping Em's doesn't bother him in the least.

Julie said...

I know this is a few weeks old post but I couldn't help but comment. I understand the emotions you are feeling. Trinity is 28 months and in her 2nd month or so of therapy for speech and to improve her balance. It's heartbreaking to see her so different than her sisters, to have known all along that something seemed different.

I hope that you can get some answers and some help. Getting him evaled is the best thing you can do, so someone can decide what the best course of action is. Just when I thought Trini was improving, they dropped more therapy on us! For her mouth muscles. These were things I just never knew could happen, and I'm so glad I expressed concern to the ped.