So, I took her in this morning for her full evaluation and she easily passed the cute test- they all kept saying what a sweet and wonderful girl she is- of course, we already knew that! She was advanced on her fine and gross motor skills- not a surprise, she has always been advanced on those. She does have a speech delay (like 75% of kids), which puts her on the "mild" side of the spectrum so she does not have enough of a delay for her to receive services at this time. She gave us some tips on how to get her talking better. First: get rid of her pacifier. Ughh...we knew the day was coming, but now I fear it is time. We will begin that process today- and I am not looking forward to the tantrums that will occur during her nap and night time! Oh, well- she can't rely on it forever. Then, she gave us some "drills" to do at home- mostly using simpler phrases and emphasizing verbs since Audra isn't saying any verbs yet. If she isn't using 70+ words by her Birthday, then we need to take her back in, but the speech therapist was quite pleased with how well Audra is repeating words we say (a skill she recently has begun to get good at), so she is very optimistic that with getting rid of the pacifier and working on imitation she will do great. I wasn't surprised by anything they discovered- but it is comforting to hear nevertheless.
In regards to her pacifier (which I know some people are adamaently opposed to, but that's because they didn't have a daughter like Audra), I have to say that Audra came out sucking and wanted nothing but something to suck on for about the first 4 months of life. We were determined not to give her a pacifier until she was at least 3 weeks old because we were told it would interrupt her nursing abilities, but honest to goodness, that first week of life she literally sucked all of our fingers raw! Ask my parents- all she wanted to do was SUCK (which did make nursing much easier)! So, we finally relented and gave her the pacifier after a week to save our poor fingers! And now, it is a good soother, but I guess she will have to come up with something else to soothe her to sleep. We will keep you posted on how that goes!
Bye, Bye Beloved Binky!