Yesterday we had Munchkin's 18 month checkup. Where has the time gone?!?! She got ooh'ed and ahh'ed over by all the nurses and staff that saw her and we got our paperwork to fill out. We got her weighed and measured. She's doing better on her stats now! She's 22lb 10 1/2oz now, which is about 25% (she had been between 5% and 10%, so this is fabulous!), she's 31" tall, which is 27% (she's always hovered around the 25%, so we're up a little here too!), and her head circumference is 49.5cm--which is 99%! Her head has always been in the high 90s--she has to have a big brain to be so smart!
In our paperwork was a questionnaire to gauge her development. She's ahead of the game in gross motor skills, a little ahead in fine motor skills, great at personal/social skills, great in receptive language, and delayed in expressive language. What this means is that she doesn't speak enough. She has about 5 words and a bit of a signing vocabulary. 18 month olds typically have about 20 words. It could be as simple as she's waiting until she can do it all perfectly before she does anything (similar to what she did with walking), or there could be something else. We don't think it's a major issue, but here is a prime case of better safe than sorry--and early interventions are much more effective than waiting til she's older!
We should have our TRICARE referral paperwork by the beginning of next week and be able to contact the speech therapist to get her started in about a month. Hopefully they can get her in quickly! One more thing this means is that she now has to be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) to make sure that as long as she needs speech therapy, she'll be able to get it wherever we move. We're hoping it's something that she'll only need for a short time, but whatever she needs, we'll do!