Everyone told me:
Give him time, he’ll start talking when he’s ready.
He’s still young, don’t worry about it.
Boys are later to talk.
One day he’s going to wake up and just start talking.
Heck, even the pediatrician told me he’s right where he should be.
Well, it appears that everyone was right as it finally happened.
It’s as though something just clicked in Little MPB’s brain and he now knows more words then we could ever attempt to count. He picks up multiple words a day. In fact, if we say something he now just repeats it. He’s also decided to mimic every animal sound too. For a long time, he just roared like a lion. Now, he moo’s, woof’s, tweet’s, meow’s, etc. In fact, he may have the cutest little meow I’ve ever heard – it’s more like eeeeoooow.
I guess this means I really have to stop swearing now.
I am thankful his speech has finally taken off. But, I think this has been a very valuable parenting lesson for me – I cannot control everything (I know, this should be obvious, but that’s not how my brain works). I obsessively worried about his speech development. I researched, I talked to speech therapists, I took Little MPB to a pedestrian, etc. Yet, I never self-referred to formal speech therapy – I consciously forced myself to back off and listen to the experts who kept saying there is nothing to worry about yet.
I guess, just because something doesn’t happen in my way on my schedule doesn’t mean it’s not okay. Little MPB is his own person after all, he is bound to do things in his own way.
Please remind me of this little parenting lesson when I have a stubborn teenager.
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