Baby & Kid Chat - AUGUST

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Baby & Kid Chat - AUGUST
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 10:18pm

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 8:55pm

Name/SO's Name: Jessica & Mike

Children's names and ages: Gabriella 23.5 months - she will be 2 on August 18th! EEK!!!

Any new milestones or fun stories: This girl is so smart! I am just amazed at her memory. She now LOVES pony tails and pig tails and most mornings we have to do her hair. I am in total heaven.

What are you looking forward to this month: I feel like a broken record but we are hoping for our remodel to be FINALLY done.

Just for fun, complete this phrase - "Before I had kids, I thought _______" Before I had kids I thought parents were crazy when their kids kept saying their name over and over again and they ignored them. I totally understand now!

Waving Hi to everyone.

I do have a question for you all with 2yr olds and above. Gabby seems to be showing what I think are OCD tendencies, but I am wondering if it's just her development and learning. Mike had her pick out books the other night and laid 6 books out (titles towards him) on our ottoman rocker thing in her room. She turned them all around and lined them all up. She now HAS to do this every night. Her animals in her crib (she has like 7 of them) have to be in specific spots when she goes to bed. Her blanket has to be just right or she tells me "mama fix" if it's not. It has to cover her shoulders and her toes. When she puts stuff away it has to go in it's specific spot. and she is really particular about where her milk, food etc goes on her tray. Her tray has to be clean. when going to bed it always has to be the same routine. and if she doesn't go down right away (like tonight) and I start the rocking, then I have to sing Ants go Marching, then put her in her crib get her blanket just right. Then I have to sing Twinkle Twinkle little star and then ABC's.

I think I just try to make her put her stuff away and keep a routine at night, so I don't think I should worry but part of me does. Since I have some OCD habits and so does DH. thoughts?? TIA

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 9:48pm
Hi Katja,

I'll be happy to add your ticker once I'm back to a regular PC next week. ;-)

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 11:03pm
Jensen acts the same way with his cars. They need to be upright, and he has some sort of order they have to be in that only makes sense to him. He's done that since he was little. I think as long as she does freak out if they are moved or the order is disrupted it's fine.

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 11:56pm
Jess- I wouldn't worry about it. I think this is really normal for this age. Kids develop a schema about something and it's hard for them to think outside of that bc in their worlds there is only one 'right' way. In a couple of weeks, she'll probably have dropped part of that bedtime routine in favor of adding new pieces to it.

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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 7:52am

Jess, Fede also has some routines and things that "have to be that way". I think it's good that you are keeping an eye on it, but try not to freak out for the moment. Specially pay attention and see if she drops some of those rituals on her own in the next weeks.

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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 9:07am
Jess - I agree with the other ladies. I think it's pretty normal for little kids to "organize" things. Evan goes through periods where he likes to line everything up like a train, in a specific order. Then, that goes completely out the window and he enjoys a more "chaotic" look to things :smileywink: I'd keep an eye on it, but it sounds like her spatial reasoning is kicking into high drive for the time being.

Also, how is she almost 2???? WOW, time flies!




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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 9:18am
Did Gabby have an autism screening at her 2 year well visit? I'm not asking to freak you out, but lining things up is a sign of being on the autism spectrum, so are OCD habits. Again, I'm not trying to scare you, but with my family's history this is the first place my mind goes when hearing things like this.

Honestly I don't recall what habits Ray had at 2 that were OCDish, but he has tons of them at 8. Teddy is going through a line things up and sort them out phase as well, and it bothers me; sometimes I get so nervous it's a "sign" and other times I just tell myself it's a developmental milestone.

((hugs))) either way you're not alone in your concerns.
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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 3:51pm

Thanks ladies!
Kate - our doc gave us a "screening" - I put it in quotes because it was just a bunch of questions so I don't really call it a screening, but maybe it is. She shows no signs (other than the few things I mentioned) of autism, so I haven't been worried about that and if it is, well we will deal with it. SO I am just going to watch it and see what happens about her routines and talk with her doc at her 2yr appointment.

Alyssa - I know right?? I mean seriously, how is my baby girl 2 already. I really don't know where the time went. We are planning her Rio birthday party

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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 4:04pm
Those questions are the screening, as trivial as they seem they aren't... seems like normal 2 year old stuff.
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Sun, 08-05-2012 - 7:34am

Jess, Fletcher was a liner-upper. :smileyhappy: You know the Little People toys. He spent hours lining them up over and over. He would actually stack them on books and boxes and make little sculptures. He did the same thing with all of his stuffed animals. He seemed to have an "aesthetic" that he was looking for because he would step back and look at his creation, then go back and change little things until he was satisfied. This behavior (which seemed to give him great joy) was at its peak at age two and faded by age three. He still is very, VERY particular about the way things should be, but it doesn't seem troubling.

Perhaps years from now, you will notice how these behaviors are part of the greater pattern of who Gabby is.

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