Parker turned 18 months old last week! Ahh, where did the time go? Here are is stats:
32" tall - 36% (he is shortening up!)
22.4 lbs. - 26% (this is a big improvement, but we was wearing clothes)
Unfortunately getting pictures with his blocks is almost impossible these days! Here is the best I could do.
Over all things have been going well, but we had some concerns about his lack of speech skills. We brought it up at our appointment and the doctor also mentioned that he seemed to have some social delays as well. She recommended an evaluation be done by a local child development specialist. They tend to have long waiting lists, but try to fast track the younger ones. We were lucky enough to get in for a preliminary evaluation today. We got a preliminary diagnosis that confirmed some delays, but nothing specific. He will now undergo a team evaluation to get a firm diagnosis, but that could be up to 6 months out. It has been a very emotional few days. I knew he was behind in speech, but I felt that he was doing well in other areas so it is a bit of a surprise. Every mom wants the best for her child so it is really hard to think that he may have some struggles ahead. There are so many possible explanations for what is going on, but my mind immediately goes to autism. We were assured that autism is not the only diagnosis that comes from these evaluations, but I am still worried. Waiting is a tough spot to be in. Holding back tears has been tough. I know he will be ok and the is perfect and just as God wanted him to be, but a mama just worries. I may share more when we know it, but for now I'd appreciate your thought and prayers as I try not to let this get me down. That really only happens when I am alone, or talking about him to someone else. He is so happy and uplifting that I forget it all.
Thanks for listening.