Friday, August 8, 2008


I don't talk about this one a lot, but Spud has a developmental delay. It's not huge, but it is there. The other day I was realizing how much I am focusing on the stuff he still can't do. I think this is normal, that is what we talk about at assessments, I need to know the stuff I should be working on with him etc. In fact it wasn't until I made a list of things he couldn't yet do that I realized that he was way behind and sought out early intervention.

HOWEVER, I now sometimes miss how much he can do and how much he has grown, all I see is the can'ts instead of the cans.

I sat down to make a list and was astounded at how much he has learned since we moved into this house in May.

Since then he has learned to:

* Wash his hands (including turning the tap on and off)
* Go to the potty completely on his own, performing ALL necessary tasks. (Praise God from whom all blessings do flow)
* Blow bubbles
* Pick out his own clothes
* Clean up his room without ANY help
* Pray his own prayers
* Play memory
* Play Candyland (Lucky me!)
* Put on his own shoes
* Dry himself after a bath
* The sounds of most letters
* Trace lines

I know he still has far to go but today I am just going to rejoice at how far he has come.

If your two and a half year old has been doing all these things since they were one, that's fabulous. You go talk about it on your own blog OK?


MomOfTheCrazies said...

Spud is such an amazing little guy and each time I see him he has changed and grown. He's got such a keen imagination and love for life. I think it's a great idea to record all his accomplishments so you can realize how hard BOTH of you are working!!

MomOfTheCrazies said...

By the way, Crazy #2 won't be happy that I've read the list of things Spud does. I realize that she can be doing a few more things for herself so if she gives you "The Look", you'll know why!

Janet said...

MY THREE year old can't even speak English! LOL! But I think he's delayed a bit in some things too. Not sure if it's adoption related or not. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

ALL of my other kids could speak six languages, walk, dance, play football,and juggle by the time they were three months old.

Janet said...

Oh, and they could change the tire on a car too.

KnittinChick said...

Spud is so cute and such a sweetheart. He should be proud of what a big boy he is. And, he is one of the most affectionate kids ever.

And you should be proud of yourself for being a mom that has worked so hard.

a Tonggu Momma said...

The Tongginator still can't do some of the things on that list... and she's four-and-a-half. But then, she is also beginning to read. Go figure.

Toothfairy Mom said...

Okay, if you can get Spud to clean up his room without any help, I need your help. My two darlings who are 9 and 7 need constant reminders "If it's on the floor it's not cleaned up!"
Spud is such a loving little guy, I loved seeing him and Sprout last weekend. You are doing a great job with both your boys. Be proud of yourself!

Tez said...

I often fall into the comparison trap, then furiously dig myself out of it. Our kids are each unique and may have different rates of development. Spud is a little champion in his own right, having learned such an amazing list of tasks in a very short time, and you are a champion mama, sticking to it being determined that he can and will achieve!