So we just got back from Lucas; 18 month appt. It was ok.....he has a meltdown the entire time and was super clingy so it was hard to check him. He had to be weighed about 4 different times, but the weight we went with was 22.5 pounds. no idea the length. i had to fill out a checklist about what he is and isn't doing. He was doing mostly everything, but because he doesn't know body parts we have to come back in two months. That and he doesn't really look when i am pointing trying to show him something. He does sometimes, but he is mostly too involve with what he is doing to pay attention to me. He also knows bellybutton, but that is it and she wants him to know 3 body parts. I told her we havn't really been working on them so now i feel like a crap mom
Ummmm....my son knows zero body parents unless you count "boob." We read books about body parts and when he touches me I tell him the body part and when I do anything with him I use his body part ("Can I wipe your nose? Nose! Nose!") and he doesn't care. We'd fail that part and I'd laugh at DS's ped if s/he told me to come back in 2 months because of not knowing body parts. Aiden ignores me half the time too and won't look where I'm pointing if he's involved in something that he considers to be way cooler. Don't let the visit get you down. You're not a crap mom. That was just a weird visit.
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
ahh i thought it was a little odd, considering all the things he WAS doing on the checklist.
She also mentioned his testicles and said that she could only feel one and for us to check when he is in the bathtub if we could feel the other one. She mentioned it not descending, but that she had seen it before so she knows it is there. Apparantly when kids are screaming or tense they can disappear?? I actually found the whole visit a little odd and wasn't sure what to make of it. i still can't help feeling bad :P i should be used to him not doing things "on time" by now.
You have a strange pediatrician. I'm fairly certain body parts are not a mile stone. My pediatrician didn't ask anything like that and didn't have me fill out a checklist either. Teagan knows her body parts but that's because we've been working on them and she works on them at daycare. This month is actually body part month! They were learning them in Spanish today . T also definitely ignores me half the time. If I yell "Hey T! Look at Blah Blah Blah!" and point exuberantly she'll pay attention. I'm also fairly certain those pesky little testicles can sneak up into the body cavity when they're freaking out. Makes sense. They want to hide. I think your pedi is looking for ways to bill you for a 20 month checkup. Don't feel bad. You're an awesome mommy to a perfect little man who makes the funniest faces EVAR.
I'm not sure I should even respond to this thread considering my present view on the entire medical community. However, that is a total B.S. appointment. Lucas is perfect and you are a great mom.
Lyla 10/06/10 ~ Kole 04/06/12
My Lucas knows a lot of things, but body parts are not one of them! Our little men just have bigger and better things to learn right now! And there is no rule saying that you have to teach them body parts by a certian age, so you can tell your pedi where to stick her 20 month visit.
The not naming body parts is a weird thing, Ronin can't do it, he won't even point to them half the time. They did ask about it at his appointment but didn't think it was a big deal.
Your pedi is a nut. Sounds like he's doing fine to me! I agree with the others that knowledge of body parts is not a milestone. He's learning so many things right now & focused on the things that interest him. With time he'll figure those parts out.
As far as the testicle goes, if he's upset it could certainly disappear for a bit. I'm sure it will be back soon! lol
I honestly gave up caring what my pediatricians says. He was questioning last time if my son has learned to jump. He also gave me crap about still nursing. This was at his one year. All kids are different. While I think that major milestonesshould be loosely monitored I don't believe body parts are a major milestone. Don't feel bad at all!
Jump?! Isn't that a 2 year old milestone? lol