Lately, I’ve been reading your blogs and every so often, something catches my eye that gives me a pause of, “Really? Just like that?”
And it’s your child’s speech. I see someone post, “So then Carter said, ‘Daddy bye'” and I think, “But he didn’t *really* say it like that, did he? Like, not anywhere that clearly.”
But then I hit another blog. And see it on Facebook. And hear my friends chat about what their kids are saying.
It kept nagging at me, but today it slapped me in the face that something was off as I sat in the waiting room filling out Bella’s 18 month check-up form. (And she’s close to 19 months but we’ve just had a lot going on.)
The form said, “Does your child say at least 8 words in addition to Mama and Dada?”
No. Like, she says Dada. And Mumumumum, but not Mama. And she can say “Boo” and is just beginning to sound things out – despite the fact that some of the books I have read her since birth.
When the pediatrician came in, between Bella climbing up me trying to get away from her and the evil stethoscope of terror, we talked on this. And I realized that what I was feeling was right – she’s behind in speech.
While she’s still young and speech comes at different times for all children, the concern is that she isn’t even attempting to repeat what I say. She has her own language for books, and babbles to herself all day. Part of this is being an only child. Part of it is me knowing what she needs and so not prompting enough with words. But then there is the unknown part.
She suggested speech therapy as soon as possible, but I told her about us moving. (It’s a pain starting and leaving in two weeks and having everything transfered.) Then she said that once we move, we should talk to our new pedi about getting her into speech therapy if she hasn’t suddenly exploded into talking.
I know this isn’t the end of the world, but I also know that it’s so important for her to be able to communicate properly soon. This leads to so many other issues (as a teacher I’ve seen a ton) if it isn’t caught and helped early on.
I’d love anything you think I could be doing to help in the meantime without being overbearing or putting pressure on her to speak. And maybe just some reassurance from moms that have gone through this that it isn’t something I did wrong. :/