January 10, 2011

Milestones, Milestones

I have a daughter. I call her Jelly, and I don't talk about her a lot on this blog because she's what they call a "normie." That's the technical term. In layperson's terms, that means she doesn't have autism. That doesn't mean I have any idea more of an idea what to do with her than I do with Moe, and they couldn't be more opposite kids. Here are some examples.
  1. Boy vs. Girl (obvious)
  2. Jelly is highly verbal. Moe, not so much.
  3. Jelly loves to sing. She knows the words to many songs, but unfortunately can't carry a tune. Moe also loves to sing, and has great pitch. You are more likely to recognize what Moe is singing by the melody, even though he doesn't sing the words.
I recently had to fill out some assessment forms for Moe, and as I've mentioned before, the questions alwasy seem kind of ridiculous. But now that I have Jelly, I understand exactly what the questions means. She's like the poster child for milestone hitting.

Stacks 3 or more blocks:

Pretend Play:

Understands the concept of "more than one:"

Plays the harmonica with conviction:

Knows how to accessorize:

Okay, those last two may not be milestones per se, but we're making our own rules around here.

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  1. This all sounds so familiar! I was just commenting on another blog that when Grace was about 15 months old, I started to think she was a genius. Then I realized that's just what normies do. Kinda blew my mind a little bit. And the accessories should definitely be a milestone.

  2. Such a cutie! I love the stacking of the spices...I'll bet you have a house full of boring old blocks.

  3. She is a doll! I LOVE the playing the harmonica with conviction pic. Too cute!

  4. She is so cute! I have been having the same "a-ha" moments as my 17 month old "normie" daughter hits her milestones. It's amazing to me - I never really noticed that her 3 year old brother was delayed until she started doing all the things he never did. Like pointing at every single thing in the house, playing with dolls, and answering questions. He was our first, so I guess we didn't have anyone to compare him to. But I'm grateful to see she is developing normally so far. Thanks for posting this!

  5. Jelly is precious! What a little doll! I love that harmonica picture!

  6. Thanks everyone - she's a real character! And even though I'm sure my kids will hate me someday for writing about them, I feel like I need to feature the girl sometimes :)

    @Ashley, I know! We're still pretty sure she's a genius though :)

    @Lynn, We have plenty of blocks, but why stack those when you can stack spices? Or diet coke cans?

    @mylittleecho - We knew Moe had delays because he wasn't (and still isn't) talking. But I'm learning more and more through Jelly what types of things he really should be doing.

  7. She is so freakin' cute! And this is crazy, but I posted a comparison about my "normie" and my "autie" yesterday too!!! Crazy!

  8. Adorable. I think we have kids similar ages- our little girl is 15 months and our little boy (who has ASD) is 3. How old are yours?


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