Remember a few months ago when I shared how worried I have been about Little MPB’s lack of clear words?
Well, it turns out I’ve had good reason to be concerned as he has officially missed his first ever developmental milestone. He is 2 words short of the minimum word count for his age. And, with this miss, our GP didn’t hesitate on referring Little MPB to a pediatrician and who works with a speech therapist.
We’ve been told not to worry as he does babble constantly, he’s met and even exceeded every other developmental milestone, he’s a healthy kid, and he’s only 2 words short of the cut off. We’ve also been told that first born children and boys often are a bit slower to use words. And we’ve been told some kids just take a few months longer and then have a word explosion. We’ve been told some kids have poor hearing that is easily fixed with tubes (?) and then have words come right away. Our daycare has even told us that kids really seem to start talking more when they move out of the nursery and into the big kid room.
Honestly, I’m already less worried. Just having the referral and knowing my concerns are justified brings me some sort of calmness. Mostly, I am just so happy that qualified professionals will work with us to help him. I am a strong believer in early intervention, and am thrilled that when it comes to Little MPB, the medical system is put his needs at the top of the priority list. (As an aside, my GI referral was put in on the same day as Little MPB’s referral and I’ve been told it will be at least a month before the GI even confirm receipt of the referral. Little MPB had his appointment scheduled with the pediatrician within 24 hours of the referral).
Mr. MPB on the other hand. He’s freaking out. He’s consumed with worry, so much so that I had to tell him not to shoot the messenger (i.e. me). He said he had no idea that this could be a big deal and didn’t realize it’s something we might encounter. To which I replied that I’ve been obsessively and rather vocally worrying about this for months, so how did he not pick up on my concern? Regardless, he’s basically where I was a few months ago. And, I’m trying to talk him down from all his worrying, just like he’s been doing with me for months.
So, at the moment, we will just continuing using the advice we have received from an amazing blogger friend who happens to be a professional speech therapist who works with toddlers in her real-life. And then, we’ll see what the pediatrician and speech therapist have to say about it all. Hopefully it’s an easy “fix”, but if it’s not, honestly, it’ll be okay. Our little boy is amazing, and we love him no matter what.
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