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Motherhood-what I learned now about speaking

Updated on May 2, 2012

Okay, I am a talker-I love to talk, just ask my husband, parents, and friends. So why is it that my beloved 20 month old son babbles (a lot) but isn't talking? He understands us perfectly and ignores us when he doesn't want to obey-so it isn't a hearing issue.

I have such a desire to know what is on his little mind. What is he talking about early in the morning when he is lying in bed pointing at the ceiling? Is he really telling us off when he is upset and crying? And I am sorry, but pointing at the fridge first thing in the morning doesn't help me understand milk, juice, yogurt, or waffles.Wouldn't it be nice if he could ask for what he wants instead of me pulling each one out to have it thrown back at me with the use of his only clear word-NO.

My husband says that he didn't start talking till he was 3, but REALLY! I can't wait that long to figure out what he is saying. I spoke with the speech therapist several times at my last job and he agreed, it isn't uncommon for my son not to be talking at this age. He also informed me that the normal age for some sound development is as late as 5-6 years old. I have a better idea-why don't kids come with a screen on their head that shows what they are thinking? Or maybe a t-shirt like on the 80's cartoon, Shirttails? That would make me happy. And I think he would be happy too.

I have realized that throughout his life I have been in such a hurry for him to reach his next milestone-sitting, crawling, walking, picking things up, etc. then all the sudden my baby is gone and I miss when he was a totally dependent little cuddly ball of love. Now I do good to get a cuddle in at the beginning and end of each day. So, why have I not learned and continue to wish of the next milestone? Is this the ironic part of parenthood? I need to learn to just relax and enjoy where he is now, because now is pretty good.


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