Little Miss Princess is 20 months already. A great age to play with; unfortunately, not a great age to photograph.
I got her to sit still in this chair with her Blue Puppy for about 2 minutes. I jumped around, sang songs, made Blue's Clue's noises... anything to get her to look and smile at the camera.
I don't think Jocelyn sees me as funny at all.
I even attempted a hair bow.
Then she tried to put it on Blue Puppy.
Since sitting in the rocking chair (handmade by my grandfather when I was a kid, btw) wasn't going well, I tried to encourage her to stand independently for a picture. Maybe even take a step or two, which she has started doing in the past month.
How about bubbles on the front porch?
That girl does love her bubbles. By the way, do you realize how hard it is to blow bubbles AND take pictures at the same time? That's why I usually make the mother of my photography clients blow them for me. It results in a lot less spilled bubbles.
At any rate, this photo session was a true reflection of Jocelyn's personality. And really, isn't that the goal of any shoot? To capture the moment. Every moment. Even if its not what the photographer or mom envisioned.
Jocelyn has progressed from taking one step 4 weeks ago to standing independently, getting to a standing position without pulling up on a table, and walking up to 7 steps at a time. Go Jocelyn!
But she still starts physical therapy next week. She is very unstable with her walking and is turning her feet in an awkward direction sometimes. Plus, she's about 5 months behind on gross motor skills overall. Its not just walking that she's late with now.
Yes, obviously Jocelyn did walk on her own at her own pace. But she is still developmentally delayed in this area and it does no service to her to ignore it. I'm a big believer in Early Intervention for developmental milestones.
This has nothing to do about what age your kid is when he learns to read or how many shapes your 3 year old preschooler knows. All kids do eventually catch up and even out with academics by 2nd grade, no matter what they knew before Kindergarten.
Why is early intervention so important?Research has shown that the time between birth andage 36 months is a critical developmental period in achild’s life. These months offer a window of opportunitythat will not be available later. Early intervention programsminimize and in some cases prevent delays in developmentof infants and toddlers with disabilities. They can decreasethe need for special education and related services when achild enters school, and increase independence. Childrenwhose special needs are identified and addressed duringthese crucial early years have a greater chance of reachingtheir full potential.
I have seen first hand how true this statement is. We are choosing to work with Jocelyn now in order to prevent future problems later.
Too many doctors and parents take a "wait and see approach" not realizing that this can have a serious impact later on in the child's life. I can't tell you how many times in the special needs community that I've heard a parent utter the words, "If only we had gotten help with his speech (or insert developmental skill here) sooner!"
We are very fortunate that Jocelyn's only delay is in gross motor. Every other area of her development looks great. Of course, you can never truly rule out an autism diagnosis later on. Some kids don't show regression in development until 3. You can bet that we will continue to monitor her development along side enjoying her sweet personality :)
She loves to color right now. Its her favorite thing. She can draw a circle and calls it a "Clue" because she thinks its a paw print.
Her favorite place to go is a park. It just kills her to see swings and a slide at Jayce's baseball and Jaina's football games, but not be able to play on it. She is quite good at climbing and sliding down on her own. I guess we don't really have to worry about her trying to stand and walk down the slides like so many toddlers do :P
Dora's cool... but so are Bubble Guppies and Elmo. She'll watch Max and Ruby, too, if its on. But Blue's Clues is where its at. She barely shows her monkey any love any more. "Blue? Blue?" she calls for her stuffed dog. She has to go everywhere with us. And "Pel" the pillow has to be in her crib at nap time and night time.
Jocelyn has some new words. "No!" "Go away!" and "Stop!" She just needs to learn the word, "MINE!" and she'll be ready for the Two's. She also asks, "Daddy work?" when he's not home. "Let's go!" and a toddler version of "There she is!" is also said.
For the majority of the time, she sleeps 11 hours straight through the night with a 3 hour nap during the day. That's when we aren't keeping her up late because of a baseball game or interrupting her nap with a lunch out at a restaurant. She is pretty flexible, though, for the most part.
Her newest favorite foods are strawberries and corn. But not at the same time :P
I know Jocelyn doesn't care, but I'm looking forward to beautiful crisp cool Fall weather so I can dress her in all those adorable outfits I bought during a consignment sale :)
Happy 20 months, Jocelyn :)