Posts Tagged ‘development’

Developmental phases

November 9, 2014

There are certain phases of life that parents dread.

One is the barrage of “Why?” questions, about pretty much everything in life.

Another is the tattling of siblings on each other.

From what I have heard, it seems the why question seems to pop up around the age of three.  Reid started asked it quite frequently within the last month or so.  Sometimes he’ll get a “Why not?” back.  He is approaching the age of five, but that milestone seems to be more consistent with where he is at.

This morning, as the boys were eating breakfast, Reid complained that “Tate is looking at me”.

Again, one of those annoying little things, but it is nice to see and hear these typical developmental milestones, even though it may be a bit late.

Sometimes phases seem to last forever, but eventually they will pass.

I read something quite recently, you never know it will be the last time you do something – tuck in a child, pick up a child, throw him over your head, or get ready to send them off to school….. elementary, high school, or college.

Time is slipping quickly away.


Pedalling a bike

August 1, 2013

Over the past few months, we have been trying a few different things to get Reid to be able to pedal.

We tried Tate’s first trike, but Reid was really big for it.  His feet kept bending the wrong way, rather than staying L shaped, or close to it, as they should.

A couple of months ago, we tried a couple of times on Tate’s first bike, and it went the same way.  It was more challenging with the bike, as the pedals don’t move unless they are pushed.  He just wasn’t at the place to get it.

We went to a physiotherapy appointment a couple of months ago, and the PT gave us some tips.  In the busyness of life, they were never tried.

Until tonight.  I raised the seat on his bike.  I tried a crude pulley suggestion like she suggested to help keep his feet moving.

Once we got out, the pulley system didn’t matter at all.

HE. GOT. IT.  Pedalling like he had been doing it for years.  After a few minutes, biking straight and on purpose.  Only a couple of spills.

We were so impressed!!!

Good Job Reid!!!

A quiet afternoon and thinking about things

June 22, 2013

It is too easy to get lost in where we wish things would be, and we should just be glad for how far things have come.

As we all know, life is busy.

As parents of a child with delays, we get stuck on how we wish things could be different.

But, they’re not.  And that’s how it is.

We have to be thankful for:

  • developing vocabulary
  • increasing attention span, allowing for more involved activities
  • generally good health
  • other developmental progressions
  • good supports available in the community that are free to us, or not overly expensive.

As we move through life, we don’t realize how important those things are to the enjoyment of life.

We are blessed to live in a relatively prosperous community, where there have been several individuals who have been generous and supported the development of many things.  The most significant for us is a centre for child development that provides services to the community at no cost to the user.  Funding is from a mix of source s – the provincial health care system, and private donors.

There are numerous opportunities to support worthy causes.  Always consider whether it is a worthy cause.  Most are trustworthy, but there are some that are looking to take advantage of people who trust them.



May 2, 2013

Reid had tubes in his ears about six months ago. After that surgery, they kicked him out fairly quickly because he was bouncing around on the bed.

By the end of March, they were out again.

He went in again today for tubes and to have his adenoids out as well. It’s been an hour and half and he is still in recovery. They said it would be about an hour. I think we will be around a bit longer today.

It sounds like he has done well.

Developmental progression

April 8, 2013

Sometimes, it seems like progress can take a really long time.

In the past few weeks, Reid has been picking up some new words, besides “Mama”, “Dada”, “Ta”, “Mo”, and a few others.

In the past few days, he has added something that sounds like “Wha da”, which seems to be “What’s that?”

It is amazing how many things open up as communication develops.  Hopefully his frustration will decrease as we understand what he is trying to say.

Developmental changesd

December 13, 2012

In the last few weeks, Reid’s vocabulary has been expanding.

In the past few days, he has been saying something like “doose” for juice.

He went nuts and pointed to a squirrel on our front porch, and said something like “dool”.

Many things he says are variations on “doo”, “doh”, “daa”, with some subtle sound differences on the end of the word.

He is doing a few signs as well.

Much of it is figuring out the context of what he is trying to say and point at.  That’s definitely a challenge when we are out driving.

Developmental improvements

November 21, 2012

Reid has being going to a couple of preschools since September.

They have been really helpful in helping his developmental come along.


Developments over time

April 20, 2012

It’s been a while since I wrote about how Reid is doing.

He is still moving at his own pace.

It’s hard to know where he stands on the charts for milestones.  Really, though, those things are averages, and it takes both sides to make an average.  I just have to remember that.

Reid really is a delight.  He is very determined, and does things that he wants.

A big frustration for all of us is communication.  His vocabulary has been limited to “Mama”, signs for more, milk, eat, and hit your arm and point, sometimes with a “uhuhuh” sound.

In the last week or so, he has added “da” or “dada”.  It has been nice to hear that added to his repetoire.

He is starting to recognize places, as well.  On Wednesday, we went for swimming lessons.  He loves the water.  As we were driving up to the pool, there was lots of noise and pointing, indicating excitement.  Considering it had been two weeks since we were there (see here for post), it was especially exciting.

Normally, I take the bus to work.  This week I was working out of town, and driving our car. When I take the bus, it is easier to come home more quietly.  However, with the car, there is more noise.  As I was getting my key to unlock the door, there is a sudden flurry of activity and noise as a little one is rushing to get to the door.  This will become more frequent as the weather becomes seasonal and I start biking to work, and open the garage door to put my bike away.

There have been a few visits with physiotherapy.  Occupational therapy has come on stream as well, which helps develop skills and strength.

More developments with Reid

December 8, 2011

It was kind of frustrating when Reid was stuck at the typical 12 month or so stage for about six months, with whacking and banging being his main forms of play.

He kind of broke through about 2 or 3 months ago, when he started to walk around.  He still continues to climb. EVERYTHING.

Last night I was giving him a bath.  Lots of splashing, as usual.  Throwing water out of the tub, taking away anything he could use to throw water out.

Then, I noticed he had the lid loose, or off, about 3 bottles of baby shampoo, baby wash, and baby aromatherapy bath stuff!!!!!!!  What on earth?

I didn’t realize that he had developed the skill to turn off small lids, about an inch in diameter.  They aren’t too hard, but I didn’t realize he had the dexterity.  Good, but bad, all at the same time.


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