Friday, January 11, 2013
At any rate, Mikey was about as well behaved as any baby could possibly be. He really was(and still is) a sweetheart. His slept fairly well, ate well,hit all of his milestones on time and genuinely seemed happy. All was well.As you can see in the pictures below, he was (and still is ) always laughing.
Around the time that Mikey was 18 months old, I was seven months pregnant with my third child. We had driven from Long Island down to Litchfield Beach, SC to attend a family reunion. I remember the family wanting to get everyone together to take a family picture. Mike(my husband) , and I got the boys ready and headed over to the house where the picture would be taken.Mikey was happy that day, and seemed very content.There was a party going on at the house, and the music was fairly loud. As we entered the backyard, I picked him up, and he vomited all over me.Needless to say, he and I had to go back to our room get cleaned up and changed. He seemed fine again, and I was left wondering, what happened. Did the music frighten him? Seemed unlikely, because he loved music...maybe it was too loud?
Now, babies vomit, they get frightened, these really aren't unusual events. In retrospect, I do know that when these things did occur, my gut instinct told me something wasn't right..however, he was always given a clean bill of health, and always seemed happy, so I never made it into a big deal.
Fast forward to Mikey's two-year check-up. Physically, he was perfect. However, we were not hearing many words yet. He babbled like crazy, laughed a lot, and seemed genuinely happy. The doctor asked me a few general questions, and we decided that I would set up an appointment for a hearing test,just to be on the safe side.I was not worried, as Mikey always reacted to sound, so I was pretty sure that his hearing was fine. He also told me that if we didn't have any words by his 2-1/2 year old check-up, that I should consider having him evaluated for speech issues( in my heart now, I know the dr. was thinking autism, but I sure wasn't). I agreed. I went home that day, and scheduled a hearing exam...we would go the following week. Little did I know that this would only be the beginning of our roller coaster ride.