Sunday, March 18, 2012

For the Baby Book

Now that Ethan's three, I feel like it's time for another baby book entry.  I think the last one I did was sometime last summer and, developmentally speaking, a lot has happened since then!

(Note to self: start labeling posts.)

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I am officially d-o-n-e with being concerned about Ethan's weight.  His three year well-check this past week revealed that he has most definitely found his place on the growth curve!

At 30.5 pounds and 37.75 inches, he is in the 50th percentile for both height and weight.  This is perfection for any child, and straight-up excellent for a heart kiddo!


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During Ethan's last few speech visits, his therapist evaluated him using the CELF Preschool-2.  We knew that his language skills had improved in the past 6-8 months, but we wanted to get an accurate picture of where he is, and come up with some things I can be working on with him at home. 

The final report tells us that Ethan is doing very well! His language abilities are in the 3.5-4 year range, with his strengths being in sentence structure (prepositional phrases, compound sentences, negation, etc.), word structure (plurals, verb tense, etc.), expressive vocabulary, recalling sentences, and basic concepts (empty, alone, first, etc.).  He scored just under 3 years old in concepts and following directions (ex. "Don't point to the cat unless I point to the dog.")

The test is normed for ages 3-6 and Ethan was one month shy of three when it was administered.  Needless to say, we're pretty proud!

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His fine motor skills are exploding, as well.  He is more interested in drawing, scribbling, and "writing" than he's ever been, so I'm trying to take advantage of this new-found interest.  A few days ago, I dictated the parts of a person to him - "Can you draw the head?", "Now add some eyes.", "Where is the body?", etc. - and this is what he came up with:

Ethan's first drawing - March 15, 2012

Pretty cool, huh? I love things like this that give me a glimpse into what's going on in that brain of his!

He continually amazes me with the way he uses his left hand, too, and he finds a way to do every single thing that he wants to do! From pulling up his pants, to doing puzzles, to opening a Ziploc bag - he's got it all figured out.

Gross motor skills haven't ever really been much of a concern in the past, and definitely not now.  I had to chuckle when, filling out a questionnaire for his well-check, I had to answer if he is able to jump off the floor with both feet.


Check.

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Socially, Ethan is getting better at playing with kids his age.  He still gets ... overwhelmed? ... distracted? ... when there's a large group of children around and, instead of finding a kid or two to play with, he just goes off on his own.  He's perfectly content doing this, though, and I know he'll start to interact more when he's good and ready.

We registered him for preschool (!!!), starting in September, and I think that will go a long way towards helping him learn those social cues that an only child of a stay-at-home-mama doesn't always have a chance to learn.

He is so funny, though, and there's no doubt he gets it from Jeramie.  Seeing the two of them together is like watching an episode of The Three Two Stooges! He loves to make someone laugh - just like his Daddy!



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Ethan's early learning skills are his most impressive "area" to date.  The stuff this child knows, and knows how to do, blows me away.   He can identify each letter of the alphabet, upper and lower case, and knows the sound associated with each letter.  This has quickly led to his first reading attempts, and it is freaking.me.out.  He recognizes quite a few environmental words (stop, Target, etc.) and words in context (Nemo, color words, Dora), but the first time he tried to sound out a word, I was flabbergasted.

He is constantly spelling out words that he sees around him and asking, "What's that spells?"  Yes.  Spells.  Who am I to say, "Not today honey - we'll work on that when you're four."? So, I sound out words with my three-year old who is simultaneously peeing in his diaper.

Good times.

He is just as knowledgeable with his numbers, and just recently counted to thirty! For a while it had been, "...27, 28, 29, 20-10!", which was super cute, but somewhere along the way he figured out the whole thirty thing.

And, that's just the "big" stuff.  He does something at least once a day that makes me say aloud, "HOW do you know that?!".  Honestly, y'all, I have no idea where it all comes from.  I mean, I was (still am?) a fairly bright person, but it's not like I start each day with the goal of getting Ethan to graduate at the top of his class! He's an extremely observant child, who has had excellent therapies, and I'm certain the Big Guy smiles down on us everyday and whispers to me, "I got this."

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So, there you have it.  Baby book, consider yourself updated; Ethan, consider yourself adored; and, God, may You be glorified through it all!



5 comments:

Jeannie said...

Great Update! You are such a great mommy, and you are so blessed! Keep up the good work.

Becca said...

What a cutie! He's doing so well and is just adorable :-) Gotta love the 3 year olds right? Jayci always wants to spell too . . . ps - she also gets overwhelmed in large groups and wont interact :-) me and her? we're just introverts I guess! haha Maybe Caden will be an extrovert like his daddy!

Amanda Baumann said...

Amazing update!

darkmajesty said...

keep up the good work! :)
god be withy uo

Stefenie said...

At the start of preschool this year Logan was very overwhelmed and kept to himself. He would actually spend the entire free choice time coloring me pictures by himself. Fast forward to the last part of the school year and he now joins small groups of kids for free choice time play and he has two friends that he talks about often. He still has some days where he prefers to play on his own but he has greatly improved. I'm sure Ethan will be the same way.

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