So, it seems that when it comes to motion and activity, Little MPB has always been on the advanced side of the normal milestones. He started rolling over at 7.5 weeks and he hasn’t stopped moving since then. Of course, since I can be incredibly competitive, I’ve always appreciated his efforts to do things early. As if somehow his early rolling skills have something to do with Mr. MPB and I (sense the sarcasm – I realize we probably did nothing to promote his rolling over skills).
Anyways, for the first time, Little MPB seems to be slow at reaching a milestone – he has very few words. He babbles constantly, but he does not distinctly say much. He’s got mama, dada and “og” for Dog. And, he never really says mama or dada with any intent.
The odd time he says something new, but then he doesn’t repeat it so we have no idea if the word was coincidental babbling or a real word.
Anyways, I feel as though his speech should be more advanced. It seems as though all the other children we know his age have 20+ words. Little MPB simply doesn’t have that many words, not even close.
Needless to say his speech has now taken up permanent residence as my obsessive worry.
And when I say obsessive worry, I mean OBSESSIVE!
- As in, when I was at the doctor for my foot, I asked about his language first. To which I was told he should have a few more words by 18 months, and if he doesn’t then we will worry more. And if I’m really worried I can take him for early speech therapy.
- We read to him constantly, and have since the day he was born – probably 10+ books per day (Little MPB prefers to walk away with the books).
- I have now purchased flash cards with pictures and first words (Little MPB prefers to eat the cards).
- I’m debating registering Little MPB for speech therapy (Mr. MPB is begging me to wait a few more months, but will oblige if I register him now because he knows just how worried I am).
I think this speech thing is likely a sign of one of my parenting weaknesses. I am competitive, I know this about myself. And, I want to give my child the best opportunities in life, this is incredibly important to me. But I also realize he just needs to be a kid. And so, when it comes to academics, I suspect I am going to struggle with the line between being an obsessive parent pushing for
top decent grades and just encouraging healthy play time.
I’m trying to take the approach that the fact I see this about myself now is a good thing… Because I am aware of it, I can hopefully keep myself in check. Hopefully before I become crazy mom I can remind myself to take a deep breath and chill because kids need to be kids.
So right now, I’m just trying to be patient and I’m just desperately hoping he starts learning more words and using them on a regular basis.
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