I am not a big worrier about Raf's 'progress'. He is such a happy boy. Yet sometimes I do worry 'a little' bit! He's super active, loves to climb and tumble and empty cupboards. He runs, squeals, giggles, and hugs, he spends hours going through the recycling, trying to eat cat food, putting dog food in the water bowl. He runs around the kitchen island as happy as can be.
At times, though, I do worry a little bit about his language development. He understands a lot. He cries when I say 'Rafi, time to change your nappy'; he picks up the ball/book/train when I suggest that he does; he looks for me when I shout 'where's Mama?'... you get the picture. Yet he doesn't utter a lot of words very clearly. He says:
chee chee (cheese)
Choo choo (train)
He does have other words, I think, but I can't remember them or I can't really understand them. He has a different word for nursing almost every week, though lately he just follows me around with his boppy pillow(!). This past week he learned the word 'apple', which he says absolutely adorably. And now he walks around saying 'appal', as though he just really enjoys saying it! When he points to his or my nose he says something not even approximating 'nose', but when I ask him where his nose is he does point to it. I also think he may have tried to say 'I love you' in response to my incessant declarations when he said 'I la' over and over again.
Other things that I worry about...
His diet! Being vegan I feel as though I need to be extra vigilant about what he eats. The fact that he's still getting a lot of milk puts my mind at ease, but, you know, that worry slips in sometimes. Mostly I think he eats very well, but he only likes a narrow range of foods. For instance, he doesn't seem to like pasta or potatoes - but loves bread of all kinds (oh, so much like his mama!). He doesn't really like protein type foods (again, like his mama), and mostly eats hummus/Daiya cheese/yogurt/nut butters for his protein. Here's what he ate today:
Left his almond butter and apple butter on toast - though he usually eats it
Combination of coconut yogurt, soy yogurt, applesauce with almond butter mixed in
Green shake made with spinach, almond milk, flaxseed, banana and strawberries
Half a peanut butter/apple butter sarnie
Few cranberries and pretzels
Whole wheat wrap with hummus and spinach
More yogurt/applesauce mix but with tahini
Same as before
Hummus on toast
Peas and sweetcorn
And lots of milk.
I worry about other things... watching too much TV, not getting enough reading time, not enough time with other kids, too much time inside (this winter has been LONG), and on, and on. Mostly I don't worry too much.. just a little bit :)