The boys had speech therapy yesterday and I was able to discuss the boys delayed development. He agreed that the boys would benefit from the summer class, but does not have any concerns about their speech other than that Brady is comfortable with the level he's at and gets everything he needs from me in a day, and Jax is in the middle of learning how to walk, and motor skills overtake speech skills. He truly believes they just need time and he sees no other signs of bigger problems. He thinks the hearing test is good to rule things out, but is confident there are no issues there either. He did mention "identical twin boys have the hardest time"... I have heard white male preemies (referred to as WIMPs in the NICU) and twins, but have any of you out there heard this?
He did a few activities with the boys that made me feel better. One including flash cards which proved to show Brady excited about the banana and even went as far as trying to pretend to eat the picture. He pointed out a few different things that the boys "comprehend" as well. They pretend to put shoes on, and go to the door when we're saying good-bye to someone. Brady understands the words "put back in" and "close the door", and of course they love to pretend to clean and talk on play phones. Brady loves running to the gate at the stairs when I say "nap time" or "bath time". So I'm hoping the therapist is right, and they just need time. He promised this lagging is not an indicator of the boys being "slow" with learning in the future and there will come a time when I don't see a developmental gap between them and their peers. I hope he's right!
As far as Jax's feeding practice with the therapist, it went as usual. We did find that Jax was a bit more receptive to opening his mouth while he held the vibrating z-vibe (an oral feeding tool) around his mouth at the same time. I joked that maybe Jax will have to be brushing his teeth while I feed him. I'm really hoping he can get into a feeding program at the hospital.
Brady showing me where his "head" is during a song.
(The one and only body part so far, and it must be *sung, not spoken.)
Brady got into the laundry room and is pretending to be daddy by mopping the floor.
And the other munchkin who broke into the laundry room.
Jax loves to start the washer and dryer several times a day.
The boys playing with their Spider Man stickers.
And no post is complete without a picture of the boys completely taking something apart.