Tomorrow Danny has an appointment for allergy testing. It sounds strange to say, but we're really hoping they find something. That, at least, would be answer. Answers we can deal with. We think there's at least something with the dairy - a few days off dairy and the constipation that has plagued him his entire life has completely gone away. Gone. In fact, it's quite the opposite now. Very loose poops 2 - 4 times a day. In fact so much so that now I'm wondering if something else he's eating is causing that, now that the dairy isn't there to stop it up.
But mostly we're wondering if something in his diet is affecting his brain.
We're problem/solution type people. Present us with a clear cut problem, and both can tackle it head on. If they tell us that nothing in his diet is slowing him down, then we're going to have to keep digging for other answers. We have an appointment with a neurologist, but we can't get in until december. His PT doesn't think he has a neurological problem, but we're not sure. We just want an answer. This ambiguity is so hard. Why is our child so skinny and pale? Why does he not use his left leg when he tries to do his belly scoot / army crawl? Why did he stop gaining weight, stop progressing with motor skills and stop talking?
Yes, that last is a new realization that has us fairly worried.
At his 12 month check up a few weeks ago, the pediatrician asked us if they both make consonant sounds - da, ba, ma, etc. And we said yes, they both do. Because they both had been. But then we went home and realized - when was the last time we actually heard Danny do that? It's been a while it seems. He was doing all of that for a while, and now we realize that he quit doing it at some point. We're not sure when. I feel terrible to admit that I guess we hadn't really been paying attention. We'd been so focused on his motor skills, that we completely missed that all his verbal skills had basically gone out the window too. He's not silent. He makes long vowel sounds - ahh, ooh, uhh. He makes a high pitched scream that could send dogs running. But no actual babbling. I'm not sure when it stopped. I guess he must have been doing it at 9 months, because it didn't come up as an issue at his 9 month checkup. So sometime between 9 and 12 months he quit.
This has me worried.