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My mouth and Amy’s talking – 16.5 months

Talking about ‘talking’ or not in my case when my tongue looked like this earlier in the week!
I have never felt particularily competitive about how Amy measures up to other children the same age. Its wonderful being a part of a group of women with babies born around the same time and I desperately need my Mother’s Group on so many levels. But I don’t feel I have to compare where Amy is developmentally. This is both a relief and also quite unbelievable. Its natural for a parent to have concerns about how their child is growing, talking, walking, crawling, eating and the best way to alleviate those concerns is to have a look around at other people’s children. If your child is older than theirs and not eating with a spoon, or pulling themselves up to standing, or stringing together sentences, then it might be time to acknowledge that something could be amis developmentally.

I acknowledge that his is one of those very personal issues that people will handle in entirely their own way. I am not talking about this to draw attention to something that Amy is or isn’t doing, I just wanted to address how I feel about the developmental scale.. Amy met her milestones very easily as a baby, she smiled, she rolled over, she held her head up, she sat unsupported, she grew teeth, and eventually she crawled all on time if not maybe a little ahead of the expected timeframe. Once a child is physically active the milestones become less obvious and more difficult to label. The next milestones in Amy’s life involve speech and eventually toilet training. Everything else can be associated with personality such as an ability to play in a group vs. solitary play.
I have noticed more and more recently how people talk to you about your child is often linked to a kind of developmental scale. With a little baby people might ask if you are getting lots of smiles yet? Or prehaps they might smile and ask if the baby is crawling yet? A stranger will laugh and say that you won’t be sitting down much with that little one running around even though your child is strapped into a pram. Having a child who sits comfortably on the commonly accepted scale means that these comments have never bothered me, my child is doing what she is ‘supposed’ to be doing at which ever point in time. But I sometimes wonder how hard it must be for a parent who’s child is not on the accepted developmental scale and how tough it must be to answer these kind but ignorant strangers when they make comments out of the blue.
What I really wanted to talk about today was talking, but I seem to have gone off on a tangent somewhat! I captured Amy on video today and questioned her about the words she can say. This is a list of words that Amy uses regularily and in context, most of the time! Its amazing how many contexts the word ‘more’ can fit nicely into!
  1. Mama
  2. Dada
  3. baba
  4. car
  5. more
  6. door
  7. ice
  8. gogga
  9. up
  10. bye-bye
  11. hi
  12. ta
  13. no

Amy will also make a good attempt to say ‘Adam’, ‘yes’, ‘down’, ‘juice’ and a couple of other words that don’t come to mind right now. According to a friend who is a Speech Pathologist, Amy is spot on when it comes to vocalising at the age she is at now which is always good to hear.

 

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