The link above is for those dusty old mother like myself who’s bundle of joy is driving them nuts. I’ve found that often when there is developmental progress there is a bit of unpleasant behaviour phase. Not that I expected my Precious to be a model of perfect toddler behaviour, but he’s a bit behind on the talking. He seems quite reluctant to repeat anything we say. He understands everything we say and responds appropriately. The one thing he has never done has repeated words back to us. When I really push him, he’ll try, but he looks like he can’t say it perfectly, he won’t say it at all. I’ve tried to make it into a game and to make it fun so he doesn’t feel a huge pressure. I am naming everything he’s pointing at but I think we just have do practice a lot more. He does have a few words but he doesn’t use them a lot. He prefers to take my finger and drag me to the kitchen and point to what he wants. I expect that if it doesn’t get better in a couple months, I’m going to have to broach the subject (again) with DH. He is not a believer in any infant development expert. He’s a big proponent on the common sense movement and when he wants advice he’ll ask his mother or his best friend, father of two boys. As usual he goes to extremes, the kid is fine or he’s the “r” word (you know, the pejorative slang for developmentally delayed). I know that all his noise just means he’s concerned but sometimes I just find his “my way or the highway” attitude exhausting. I wonder if all the intervention we’ve had over the years on family building has made him so resistant.
Of course, next week we’ll be in Toronto and my sister is an expert in verbal apraxia and baby/infant learning development and I’m sure she’ll have something to say which will piss him off. Oh boy. Chanting time. Wisdom come to me.