Evan: 2 year stats

At his 24 month checkup yesterday, Little Evan was almost exactly 50% on all the charts.

Height: 34 inches (he’s grown 2 full inches in 6 months)
Weight: 26 lbs 8 oz (up 2 lbs 5 oz in 6 months)

I was concerned his iron might be low because he drinks so much milk (too much dairy can inhibit iron absorption) but it was high enough to be in the normal range, even if it’s in the low end of the normal range. He didn’t cry or protest during the finger prick at all but I explained it to him as a “little poke” so when I told him he was getting one more “little poke” for his vaccine he cried. But even with the sad sad SAD crying he thanked the nurse for the stickers and held my hand nicely to the front desk. Such a big kid.

I did ask the pediatrician about whether she thought he should be talking more and she said the threshold for delay was less than 50 words and not making 2 or 3 word phrases, so as long as I thought he had more than 50 words he was ok. I’m…not so sure. He did talk to her and sign several things – which she was impressed with – but she agreed that maybe it would be worth getting him evaluated and wrote us a referral. Someone from the speech therapist’s office will call me so we can set up an appointment soon and I can either stop worrying about it or actually DO something about his lack of words.

But for now, I’m just thrilled he’s growing and healthy and ready to play outside in the spring weather at last!


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15 Responses to “Evan: 2 year stats”

  1. jill says:

    look at those eye lashes!!!

  2. Amanda says:

    Bubble pictures are the best!

  3. Krista says:

    OK after seeing those pictures, I’m going to have to get the bubbles out for Chessa this afternoon.

  4. Audrey says:

    I’m going to tell you not to worry about his speech so much. But I’m also going to encourage you to follow through with the speech therapist. (also see if you have a county birth-3 program that will do it for free if you are paying for said speech therapist) You know I was all concerned about Ev because he had 50 words but only just and very few combos at 2. 6 months later he’s talking up a storm and I don’t think the 2 speech therapy appointments he had have anything to do with it. But having them was reassuring.

  5. Amy says:

    50 words???? Whoa, my girl has some catching up to do in the next 3 weeks until her 2-year appointment. :( She is speaking 3 2-word sentences, so I guess that’s good. She also has a few signs.
    I wouldn’t worry about Little Evan (easier said than done, I know). Kids learn things at different times and from the way you describe him he is obviously cognitively smart. The language will come in time. But, it’s never a bad idea to have it checked out by a professional; just in case.
    Good luck!

  6. Brigid Keely says:

    I wish we could get our kids together for purely physical reasons. Evan looks so huge to me, but Niko’s in the 75th percentile for both height and weight. I always figured Evan was bigger than him. :/

    Does Evan hear and respond to things you guys say? Can he follow directions/commands? Are they going to do a hearing screening? Good luck with the speech therapy. IF he needs it, the earlier the intervention the more successful it is. :) It’s so great that you’re on top of it!

    • bebehblog says:

      He is AMAZING at following directions, even semi-complicated ones or ones involving objects/words I didn’t actually know he knew. None of the nurses or the doctor thinks it’s his hearing so at least that’s a good sign.

  7. Kimberly says:

    OMG the eyelashes! And I know speech will be an issue at JD’s appointment unless he starts saying a heck of a lot more in the next 2 months. A friend had a theory that babies who sign well don’t feel so desperate to use words, but catch up quickly once they see the benefits. I don’t know if I believe it, but JD seems perfectly content with his combo of grunting/signing/babbling.

    • bebehblog says:

      The only sign he doesn’t have the word for now is “thank you.” The rest of the time he signs AND says stuff. He’s actually been babbling less and less – I think he realized he wasn’t using real words and now he’s trying to learn them by listening.

  8. Miranda says:

    My daughter drinks a ton of milk and im also worried that she might have low iron. She really dislikes water. Have you found anything that works for you to decrease him drinking so much milk? Would love to hear your input.

    • bebehblog says:

      We just kept offering the water in various cups until he found one he liked. For a while it involved sharing MY water a lot, which was super annoying but worked. I am also slower to refill his cup than I used to be and don’t offer it unless he asks. We use a pretty small cup too, so even when he lies down and chugs it he’s only getting 5 oz. Honestly though, he’s just a little older now and more interested in food and juice and is often too full of that sort of thing to drink cup after cup of milk. Hopefully your girl will grow out of the milk obsession too.

  9. Meg says:

    The pic of him about to blow bubbles is so damned cute. So much concentration!

    • bebehblog says:

      He is actually an EXCELLENT bubble blower! He won’t even let me hold the bottle – he wants to do it all himself. I can’t believe he’s so grown up.

  10. Cole says:


    Mommy almost choked on our most recent BabyCenter milestones which said something about learning 10 new words each day… so 50 words sounds much more manageable!

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