Lucas is now 15 months old, not only is he not walking, he is not crawling. Although his weaning issues are better, they are not perfect and eating can still be a challenge for Lucas. He will also only drink milk, despite daily attempts to get him to drink water. Lucas has also started humming words. Cameron hummed words when he was a toddler, which not only led to me starting this blog, it lead to endless appointments with Speech Therapists and me fighting the system as they were convinced he was Autistic.
I spoke to the Health Visitor this last week and she is coming up on Monday to do a full assessment and see where we go from there. It seems like we will be going to physiotherapy to help him crawl/walk and speech therapy in order to help with his eating and speech.
I am not going to lie, I feel like a massive failure. I now have two kids that are or have been developmentally delayed and it makes me wonder what on earth I have done wrong! Yes, I could probably spend more time with them if I tried, but apart from that, I really have no clue how I have messed up! I shouldn't need help to bring my children up!
So we will see what is said on Monday and go from there.
Apart from the above issues, Lucas is a happy and contented little boy. He's always smiling, giggling and shouting. He rarely cries. He also still sleeps through the night.
At the moment, his favourite toys are his bricks. He goes everywhere with his bricks. He even takes at least one to bed with him. If anyone tries to take one of his bricks away from him, he instantly grabs it back. Not in a nasty way, but he makes you aware that it's his and not yours.
Whilst Lucas may not be able to crawl, he is very proficient in going backwards. We learnt this after trying to get him to crawl by putting his brick just out of his reach. What Lucas did next had us in fits of giggles. He turned round on his stomach, reversed, turned again and bang, he could grab the brick. He has a smug smile on his face when he gets it. Very clever of him, but it would have been so much easier if he had just crawled forwards! He does a similar thing in his cot, but uses the bars of the cot to push himself around.
He is able to stand, if you lift him up and make sure that he has his hands on something like the sofa to balance him, he just isn't really aware that he can move his legs to enable him to get somewhere. As he has the leg strength there, I am not concerned that there is something physically wrong with him.
His eating issues are not affecting his weight, We had him weighed last month and he's still around the 91st centile. He has a keen interest in all foods. He is always grabbing food off my plate. Last night, his hand went straight in my mayonnaise. He is just not very good at eating the food that ends up in his mouth.
Lucas loves being outside in his pushchair. He refuses to be strapped in, he shouts at me! So we compromised by just putting the lower half of the straps on, so he is still secure but he can sit up properly and have a look around.
This is Lucas's 'excited' face when I open the front door!
Lucas loves going to the park. He loves going on the swings. He would spend hours in a swing if he could.
Next time I write an update I should have some more positive news about Lucas's development.