Hope you had a lovely weekend, I'm going to address something today that I've found myself talking about over the weekend, speech.
I'm very aware that children 'do things in there own time' I heard this over and over when Harry was learning to walk as he didn't do it until he was around 18months old. I no there is no guide book with children and another clique that's very true is 'every childs different' and you shouldn't compare any of our children but with the popularity of social media comes a platform for everyone to do just that, with out knowing it sometimes.
A 'friend' of mine, I use the term loosely its someone I no through my partner who I'm 'friends' with on facebook, has a 19month old who she's constantly telling everyone how advanced he is, and how she's been told by her health visitor how brilliant he is. Well this is fine but sometimes when I read things she writes I think 'really?' Last week it was that he can count to 5 and that he knows his colours and shapes. Her latest statement was that he can say over 100 words!! Now that's a bold statement to make in my eyes because it then imploys she's sat there and counted each word that comes out of his mouth.
This got me thinking, so I sat and watched Harry and wrote down on my phone all the words he can say. Harrys 22months and I had never thought much about his speech before, as he has no problem communicating with us to let us know what he wants. In total Harry can say around 14 words clear enough for us to know what he means.
Dan (what he calls me 90% of the time)
Daisy (as in upsy daisy)
That (showing us what he wants he points and says 'that')
No (his favourite word of all time apart from when its said to him)
Oh no (when he's dropped something)
Err no (when offering him things he like to ponder with the errr then drops the no)
Moo (when seeing a cow)
Eyes (he's obsessed with eyes)
Awww (more of a noise than word)
Tar (as in thank you)
'Whatstha' (like what's that but said as one word)
I've asked my mom if she thinks that harry has a issue with speech and she said flat out 'no'! my brother took forever to say his 1st words and my mom said she was worried that he would never speak but he did and he 'did it in his own time' and now he never stops talking, he's in his 30s with his own business :)
It just shows no matter how hard we try we all end up comparing our children even tho deep down we all no 'there all different, and 'do things in there own time' we can't help but question there development compared to another child
Overall I'm not worried about Harry, if he needs help with his speech in the future so be it! But I'm happy with his progress so that's all that matters.
I just wonder what my 'friends' statement about her child will be this week, maybe he will be holding a lecture about quantum physics!!
Love lucy x