I spent years getting my degree....4 years that is. Does that make me an expert in Psychology? Nope...I think it may give me an edge on reading people, on understanding people in a different way, but it doesn't make me an expert.
So why do we give so much credit to what doctors say? Aren't we all moms? Don't we all know our children better than anyone else? Don't we all get a gut feeling when something isn't "just right" with our children? I recently read this Post about a mom who went to a doctors appt and all of a sudden her son is not speaking as clearly or as well as the doctor would like? WHY? Because she didn't understand him after being in a room with him for 5 minutes? And now his poor mom is having a million thoughts run through her head and countless hours of worry???
Why do we allow ourselves to put so much faith in our doctors when it comes to things like this?
I know that I have been freaking out...err I mean concerned, about Christopher walking. He walked just shy of 18 months, and that seemed really long for me. And he's still lazy, he won't walk outside, he won't walk on the grass, heck, he won't even touch the grass. But, he's walking and that is a good thing, so I am not complaining....much! He still doesn't say anything more than 4 words....Mommy, Daddy, Ut Oh and Nanny. But he understands EVERYTHING...but likes to play dumb....like when he's in a drawer he's not supposed to be in and I say "Christopher? Close it" he looks at me like he doesn't know what I am saying. Makes him smarter than I realize!
But I also know that Christopher has his 18 month check up on Tuesday, and they are going to want to give him his MMR, and THAT is NOT going to happen. I have been putting off his MMRs since he was supposed to get his 1st shot at a year old. They tried again at 15 months....Mommy said NOPE! I'm not an expert, but I am educated, and I do have my gut feelings! Christopher has not yet gone over 6 months without being on Steriods for his breathing and airway issues since he was born and placed in the NICU. And MMRs and steriods DO. NOT. MIX. So I am going to have to say NO again. I don't think he is in any danger of getting Measels, Mumps or Rubella. So I am in no hurry, and if he has to wait until he is 4 or 10 to get them...I'm adamant about waiting! So we'll try again in September when he turns 2!
So my point, I'm not an expert, and I don't and wouldn't claim to be one after only spending 5 minutes in a room with a child. But I do know my kids....and I am learning that each and every child develops differently and at their own pace. So I am sure I will have a post near Christopher's 2 year bday about how nervous I am because he isn't talking more. But for now, I am just happy that he is walking....and at least he says...."Mommy"! For now....all is well!
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