I will say a few words here about how Ethan is coming along in his development as today marks his 19th month on this earth! I will share not just to brag about how wonderful and adorable my kid is (he is 😉 ), but because those new parents of any kind, but especially those with children with Down Syndrome or other special needs may be interested to see how a little one like this develops. Keep in mind that all kids are individuals, so just because your child can or cannot do these things does not mean they are doing worse or better per se; nor is there a “Down Syndrome” rate at which one develops. It may just be nice to see that kids are in fact, kids first and do some things that may surprise most if you have not been around children with Down Syndrome before. Also, I know it makes me feel better if some other people are having the same struggles with waiting for a breakthrough in a milestone and it may provide hope that yes, they will move on and get to where they are crawling, laughing, walking, etc. (We are waiting on walking! It will be so awesome when Ethan gets there!) Since I haven’t necessarily broken it down before, I’ll start with 19 months and work backward…
19 Months…Ethan can:
Say: “Mama, Dada, ‘m’ (for “more), and “nana” (for what started out to be introduced as “nana (or banana) bites” and now he calls all yogurt bites this, regardless of flavor. It gets his point across.
Sign: (If confused, see my post : please, shakes head “no” for when he doesn’t want something,has signed “dog” a few times (and attempted to say it!) and will sometimes sign “thank you” mainly when imitating. He
Do..Pull to stand, crawl in “proper” position (tummy off ground), dancing to music (swaying), slightly throw a ball up in the air, roll a ball, pretend to answer a phone, holding own bottle. He is doing a LOT of imitating these days! He sometimes waves bye or babbles “B” sounds.
Eats..He probably could eat most anything but DOES not! He eats mostly pureed foods and rejects most soft solids regardless of daily attempts. He has tried lasagna noodle this month. He WILL eat crunchy foods but is still fairly particular. Favorites are still cheddar Lil Crunchies from Gerber. He also absolutely loves his “nana” bites/yogurt bites.
Drinks: We have had no success with the highly praised Honey Bear Straw cup from Talk Tools company (and for most kids with Down Syndrome it sounds like its been a slam dunk), but with the thickened liquids and Ethan’s preferences, he just will not do it. So the Children’s Hospital speech dept. recommended trying a flexible open cup and also gave a few different non-traditional sippy cup options. So far no luck, but tomorrow I’m trying some chocolate milk in it to see where that gets us! I’ll try to remember to let my readers know if that was successful. I’m sure it is for many kids. Ethan is drinking whole milk from a bottle, but still thickened. He CAN hold it which is nice.
Teeth: He now has several..they are shaped a little differently as I mentioned in this post title=”Dental Care for Kids with Down Syndrome”> but luckily he has only bit me once when teething! (They are sharp!) He is going to the dentist again soon; she was very pleased with how his 2-4 teeth looked around 14 months old. (He didn’t get any until around 11 months.)
In the first year..
From what I recall of earlier months, he sat up right around 11 months for the first time, pulled to stand a few months after that, crawled with belly off ground around 16 months. He rolled over around 2 months old or earlier. (from tummy to back) He finally belly crawled at around 10 months. He laughed for the first time around 10 months I believe. He smiled for the first time when he was about 3 months old (again this is just by memory so not exactly sure.) At least it gives an idea. 🙂