It struck me yesterday, when DS turned 20 months old, that he still doesn’t talk. He doesn’t use any words, not even mama. There is only one word he knows, and that is “apple”, but he’s never used it except to repeat after someone else and he’s never used it to ask for an apple.
After Googling the subject, and then starting a thread on the subject on my parenting board, I have become concerned. I know Googling things is a great way to get all worried about nothing, but hearing from loads of parents does make me realize that DS is quite limited in his language abilities. I’ve got that clenched feeling in my chest. In my head I’m okay. Whatever he has, be it hearing issues or language delay issues, we can deal with it and it’s certainly not the worst thing that could happen. It’s just hard to think that your child has something “wrong” with them. It makes me just want to hold him tight and protect him, y’know?
Our appointment isn’t for another 2 weeks, so in the meantime I’m going to try to teach him some signs and see if that helps. I think he is getting frustrated sometimes that he can’t tell us exactly what he wants. I hope it turns out that he’s just late with this, as he has been with many other things. He is, after all, a boy. 🙂