When are you going to start talking, little boy?

9 Jun

We are still waiting on Walter to start talking. I have dreams at night where he and I have conversations (or at least ones that I can understand what he’s saying). It can be difficult to have a child that doesn’t fall into the “correct” timeline for something, but since we are not worried about developmental delays (except this one), and we are blessed with his good health, this is not that big a deal. I hope. He pretty much understands everything we say but only wants to speak Walter-ese, not English, though I feel like I hear words among all the gibberish sometimes.

Most of the time, however, this is how things go these days in our house:

Walter chatters all kinds of things all day long, then…

Me: say ‘baba’
W: dada
Me: say ‘lala’
W: dada
Me: say ‘mimi’
W: dada
Me: say ‘nana’
W: da-da
Me: say ‘papa’
W: daadaa
Me: say ‘mama’
Me: *sigh*


Me: say ‘mama’
W: dada *laughs*


Walter’s top words/phrases in order of frequency:

1. Dada
2. Quack
3. What is this?
4. What is that?
5. Mama

I don’t even get how he knows how to say (and use) “what is this” but won’t repeat anything I ask him to say… oh well. I’ve heard so many stories about kids talking after they are two (or even close to three). It’s hard to know what’s going on with him when he’d rather screech than say “Mama help!” Maybe we’ll just go see what a speech therapist has to say about it so I can quit worrying.


4 Responses to “When are you going to start talking, little boy?”

  1. Marianne June 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    You really shouldn’t worry. They all develop differently and he obviously is engaging. I have two boy cousins who did not talk at all until they were past 3 years old. Back in the old days you didn’t start running around to Doctors until they were heading into Kindergarten and not talking!

    • mamajohnston June 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

      You put my mind at ease! It seems like just this week he is saying more and more.

  2. Sarah June 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    My husband was a late talker but very bright. Just shy/introverted. His mother took him to the doctor who said, ‘he’ll talk when he has something to say!’ I understand obsession with milestones, though. Tabitha still isn’t crawling consistently at ten months. The doctor isn’t worried but I am, even though she loves to move and pull herself up and stand. I think if he already has phrases you’re good to go!

    • mamajohnston June 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      I think I should cancel the appt I have later this week…

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