Thursday, February 14, 2008

Everyday Rodeo

OK, picture this. I'm sitting, holding out Olivia's shirt with the neck hole at exactly the right height for Olivia to just run right into it. Olivia looks at me, smiles, starts in with her little penguin trot....and then ducks right under/around the shirt I'm holding for her. Now she's at the other end of the room and I decide I'm gonna stand up and walk to her. There's that smile again, maybe a little giggle....and she's off again right under the shirt, between my legs, into the other room, wherever.
She's now 16 months old and still isnt' talking. Well, she says "daddy, da da, alkdfjjfoj" and so on, but she doesn't just call Nick "daddy", she calls everyone that, so I don't think it counts. She understands every single thing we say to her, and usually responds in her non-English babble. She follows instructions and often doesn't follow instructions (though I know she heard and understood HOOAH). She can do all things a normal 16 month old does, but cannot make words. I'm sure she's just a little behind, but her pediatrician wants to send her to a speech pathologist so that just means more running for me. If she needs it, sure it's not a big deal, but if she'll just catch up on her own, I'd rather not add more to my already hectic schedule. So, c'mon Olivia, at least say something for the doctor, eh? Hugs and Kisses, Mommy


Allie Bear said...

We were/are a little worried about Sophia because she isn't talking very much, she's 2. But she's a second child and people keep telling us not to worry, they just talk less. If there is a problem though its better to get it checked out sooner rather than later so they can start catching up. I read a great article yesterday in Parents magazine about speech disorders, you should check it out, its in the new issue.

Damama T said...

My cousin's son didn't actually start talking until he was almost 3. That was because everyone in his world did his bidding according to his grunts and hand gestures. On the advice of a very old and wise pediatrician, they stopped allowing him to grunt and point and started making him say SOMETHING that was at least close to the words he should be using before they'd act. He is now 10 and speaks very well. And all because they got in the habit of making him use his words. Just a thought. :o)

OH.. How long did it take to actually get that shirt on her?? LOL!