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Time for some whine

I wish it were the other kind of wine, but it isn't. I just need a quick minute to vent. It is becoming obvious that Gracie is going to need speech therapy. She is almost 20 months and says no clear words. We have been working and working and working and can barely make out Momma, Dog-dog (sounds like gog gog) and the sound Da once in a blue moon). She screams almost all day from the frustration of not being able to communicate. She tries to mimic my words but has no success and just ends up hysterical again. She can sign More, Food, Drink, Blankie, Pacie and All Done but not much else. She is making no progress and Abby's physical therapist says it's probably time for Early Intervention for Gracie too.

To top it off Abby's frustration with not walking is hitting it's boiling point. She loves her walker but Gracie just shoves her out of it when I walk away. Abby wants to walk all the time but I can't spend 24 hours walking her around. I feel like I don't spend enough time getting her walking (even though we do hours of PT every day lately) and she ends up hysterical half the time. She sits on the floor screaming WALK, WALK while signing walk.

So now we have both girls needing therapy. Both girls frustrated... and where does that leave me? About ready to cry along with them. I know that there are people dealing with a hell of a lot worse than me but it is so exhausting. There are not enough hours in the day to play Mommy, teacher, therapist, wife, chef, maid, aunt, taxi driver and the many other things I need to do in a day. I am just hoping and praying that things start to get easier soon. This is just so freaking hard right now.


Anonymous 12:07 PM  

Sounds like alot of work but all of us out here in internets land know you can handle it! Speech therapy has become so common--I have two nephews who are in it and the kids of two friends. I myself had it. One of my nephews needed it because, his pediatrician thinks, that his over use of the pacifier stunted his initial speech development. Not sure if this would apply in your case, but their ped recommended paci use for sleeping time only--like in the crib--and nowhere else.

There's this common misconception that paci use can cause teeth problems, but apparently the larger issue can be language development.

~Anon C

Anonymous 4:33 PM  

Hey Kris,
You know I will work with Gracie anytime :) As a speech person...I always tell parents to take the pacifier away. It can cause the tongue to become weak which often impacts their sounds. This is not always the case though... but we definitely want to get her moving in the right direction :)


Anonymous 4:56 PM  

Whine away. What you are dealing with IS hard. Yes, there is always someone with bigger issues, but that doesn't mitigate your issues. I hope the therapy works. I'm sure it will. -Anon J

Kristen 9:07 PM  

Thanks you guys. I just needed a couple minutes to feel sorry for myself. ;D

Anonymous 3:34 AM  

Hi Kristin

I have had similar hurdles with my little girl, she never walked supported holding one hand, only two which was back breaking for months and she wanted us to ferry her every where. She is also dummy crazy, I have had to try and restrict dummy use but it is very difficult. She is two next month and has very few words. She is trying to repeat words that I say but they sound nothing like what they should do. So I am bitting the bullet and throwing out all the dummies (gulp) makes me ill thinking about it.
You are doing a fantastic job x 2 remember. That is two babies the same age, a huge task, most of will never understand how hard that is.

kewd 7:15 PM  

Oh, that is definitely whine worthy. That is a lot to deal with. It doesn't mean you aren't grateful for you children or don't love them, it is just a lot to deal with and is hard on you sometimes. *hugs* Hang in there, they really are doing awesome in the grand scheme of things because of all of your hard work.




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