Thursday, June 19, 2008

16 Months = 16 Months

Yesterday Tessa had an evaluation by a therapy team through Early Intervention. She's been in the program for a year and they do an eval every 6 months.

Yesterday she "tested" at 14-16 months on everything except Gross Motor skills. That is only because she isn't walking...yet.

Do you know what this means? It means that when people ask the simple question "how old is she?" I can drop the inner struggle over which answer to give.

There is a struggle you ask? Trust me its there.

Let use Tessa at 11 months as an example. Keeping in mind that at 11 months she looked and acted like a 8/9 month old when a grandma at the grocery store would ask I could either say "She's 1 months" and get the my-granddaughter-who-is-11-months-is-bigger/talking/waving look. Or I could say "She's 8 months" which is technically a lie (but not in my mind). Of I could say "She's 11 months but she was born early so she's small" which is a mouthful and frankly, over-sharing in a grocery store situation.

But now I need agonize no longer. Particularly because it is fairly common for 16 month olds to still be working on walking (and at the grocery store she's sitting in a cart). Now I can just say her AGE and be done with it.

6 comments:

indeazgirl said...

Whoo-hoo!! Way to go, Tessa. (I'm sure I would have either said the long schpeal at the grocery store or given an average every time. And yep, I bet it does get old fast.) Love you!

Maria said...

Interesting how perspective changes everything...

Love that babe of yours!!

Leshy said...

Yeah for Early Intervention and for TESSA the wonderbaby! What a big girl!

Laura said...

That last comment was from me...logged in as Alicia.

Crystal said...

Yea Tessa!!!!

Curtis&Mindy said...

Yeah! I'm so excited for you and her. I can imagine that it has been incredibly difficult for you to worry about all the medical stuff. And don't worry...kids advance at their own pace...if you get a chance...check our www.signingtime.com. It's an LDS lady. Anyway...my kids are addicted and I bet Tessa would love the baby-3 one.