I’ve been mulling this post over in my head for awhile now. I’ve been trying to find a way to formulate my words, so that they sound cohesive, because the truth is, in my head, it’s just a jumbled mess.
We continue to see small improvements in the Mini every day. No matter how “small” they are to most people, to us they’re big triumphs, because all the small milestones add up to bigger and better things. And I think that’s true for just about anyone. We bought the Mini an easel last weekend, because no matter how much I sat down with him to color, he wanted no part of it. This week, my walls are now littered with tiny crayon marks, and while I’m not really encouraging him to color on the walls, I’m not discouraging him either. Crayon can be washed off. He does love his easel though, and looks to us with big grins when he “colors.” It’s usually followed by much cheering and raised arms. Kind of like Nixon, but instead of the peace sign, he’s sporting Crayolas. The fact that he’s seeking approval is a big deal. While, he’s pointing more (not as a way to ask, just kind of in general, oh look, here’s my index finger and I can use it), babbling, and speaking more, he’s generally still not associating much. The other night, we were over at Buzz and Pat’s, hanging out on the deck, when I pointed to one of their 77 cats and said Kitty, and was shocked when clear as day, he repeated the word back to me. I have a witness. And then last night, I both of us swore he repeated the word chicken, which I’m guessing it was more complex babble rather than repeating, as that’s not particularly a word that rolls off a 16 month old’s tongue. Especially one with a significant speech delay. But his babble has gone from one simple “ca” “babababa” to more complex multi-syllable sounds, with vowels and consonants. Another thing I’ve noticed is an increase in his signs. He’s always been really into signs, but he stagnated on the ones that he had learned, and now has added drink (with prompting) and cracker (which he does on his own, along with the word) to his repertoire.
P.S. I’m still a little bit hung over from all of the cosmos that were consumed that night.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading on alternative remedies and therapies, as well as reading various books on ADHD and Autism. While, the Mini does show few Autistic behaviors, I know in my heart of hearts that he’s not Autistic. Does he have attention problems? Yeah, he does, and that could very well be ADHD, as well as part of his delay. What I’m finding in my readings is quite fascinating, and I’ve developed sort of my own hypothesis to all of this Autism madness. I would go into it all here, but I’m sure quite a few people think I’ve become somewhat of a crackpot in regards to all of this, with the natural healing, along with my personal thoughts on vaccines and what have you, I’m sure that some even probably think I’m a bit of a stupid person. I don’t expect everyone to agree with what we’re doing, but if you’d like to hear what I think, I can certainly take it offline, or you know, if you actually DO want to hear my thoughts on it, I’d be happy to blog about it with the disclaimer that I won’t put up with flaming arguments or other such nonsense. I respect to agree to disagree, and respect your opinion. But I don’t believe that anything is 100% fact.
A lot of people have also asked what we’re doing in regards to the Mini’s protocol. Seriously, it’s completely benign.
Herbal balms on the spine. Four of them to be exact. Twice daily. Some are for attention and focus, some to draw the metals out of the body.
Cilantro juice. Cilantro has been discovered to have properties that draw mercury and other toxic metals out of the body. While we haven’t gotten his MMR (which for some reason still gets targeted as having Thimerosal/mercury in it, when there actually is none, however, there are trace amounts of mercury in other vaccines), he’s gotten other vaccines which have aluminum in it. We put five drops in with his half cup of pomegranate juice daily. He’s none the wiser.
And that’s pretty much it.
I’ve also had a few people say that because of my blogging about the Mini’s delay, they’re worried about their own kids who are around the same age. The only thing I can say is that if you feel that gut feeling that something is wrong, talk to your pediatrician. Your instincts are a very powerful thing. If your pediatrician says “they’re normal”, and brushes you by the wayside, ask for a second opinion. Being evaluated by early intervention is free, and if you qualify for services, is also usually free if your child shows a delay of 25% or more in any one area. I’d rather quell the nagging feeling than kick myself later, but that’s just me. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re crazy or that your child is “normal.” You know them best. Also realize that certain behaviors may very well be normal for your child and don’t necessarily suggest a delay. All kids develop at their own rate, your mileage may vary, blah blah blah. However, if they’re not trying to communicate basic needs (i.e. maybe taking you to the fridge for a drink, or using one word to ask for something) or pointing, definitely talk to someone. Pointing is one of those “big deal” milestones that I had no idea was such a big deal. By 15-16 months, they should be able to point, be it to inquire about something, or “show you” something.
And for the love of Baby Jesus, don’t be as stupid as I was and google Autism. Or I might have to punch you.