But not for lack of thinking about them.
So, Miles is a mystery. Or was. He's about 22 months old and has exactly two words. "No" and "Yeah". So, I was getting quite nervous. Here's a rundown of how things went.
1. Take him to the pediatrician. They don't think there's a problem but humor my intuition and refer me to have him developmentally evaluated.
2. Take him to be evaluated.
3. At the evaluation, they do a hearing test. They find that he has a "mild to moderate hearing loss, probably conductive." Meaning that they thought he had an ear infection or at the very least fluid in his ear. This is news to us. The child's never had an ear infection in his short life.
4. They also find him to be developmentally delayed in the area of speech only. We qualify for speech therapy twice a week.
5. Take Miles back to the pediatrician that very afternoon to see if he's got an ear infection. Two different doctors check him. No infection. They refer us to an ENT with Nemours. I love Nemours. Basically a group of pediatric specialists... the best ones in the nation. We've actually now seen two of their specialists and I couldn't be more pleased.
6. Our doctor at Nemours says that Miles basically has constant fluid in his ears which is preventing him from hearing the way he should. Recommends a myringotomy (aka tubes in his ears).
7. This morning, bright and early (6am), surgery completed. The simplest procedure ever. I was a little disappointed that it didn't take longer as I was fully occupied in the waiting room with People's Sexiest Man issue.
Our hope is that this hearing issue is what is causing the speech delay. Hopefully, now that the hearing is not such an issue, he'll be able to catch up on the talking. Even just a "mama" would be nice!
And you totally have to follow the link above to see the freaking cute picture of Miles on Matt's blog.