I’ve mentioned briefly before that Knox had not been talking much comparative to what he “should” be doing at this age. We took a watch and wait approach, but things just have not progressed. At 21 months old, Knox has decided to forgo speaking, whether by choice or for some other reason. This has been the cause of constant concern for me, and I have to say, it’s gotten to the point where I’m getting more worried about it.
He started talking before he turned one, saying the typical “Mama,” “Dada,” “bye-bye,” “moo,” and the ever-so-random “I do!” What’s so weird is that he seems to learn to say something, then he’ll suddenly ban that word from his vocabulary- like it’s boring to him or something. For example, he was on a huge “I go” kick a couple months ago, now he refuses to say it. A lot of people have asked me if it’s his hearing, but we’ve talked to the doctor about it and done a lot of observation, and he can definitely hear. He loves to be read to, he cracks up if you start reciting a favorite book (like “Moo, Baa, La la la”) and he comes running if he hears certain music. However, he can tune you out like a champ! If he doesn’t want to listen to you, he won’t. He HATES if I ask him to show me his nose or any other body part, but if he’s in the mood for it, he’ll grab MY finger and show me where his nose is. We were looking at a picture of he and I last week, and I pointed to him and asked “Is that Mommy?” He smiled, grabbed my finger and moved it over to the picture of me, so I know he understands when I ask him something (he also could not see my mouth when I asked, so he heard me fine).
I’ve brought this up repeatedly to our pediatrician, and he has talked to Knox, watched him and really thinks it’s just a lack of motivation. He says Knox is obviously smart, but he is stubborn and has his own ideas about when and how to do things. I am really hoping that’s all it is, but just in case, we made him an appointment with a local agency that does hearing/ speech evaluation on kids. Of course, the waiting list is four months long, so we don’t go until February after Knox turns two.
In the meantime, I really think Knox would benefit from some more interaction with kids his age- positive peer pressure seems to really work on him. When we were teaching him to walk, we visited his buddy Noah who was running all over the place. Knox pulled himself up, watched Noah, then let go and tried to walk by himself. We are hoping the same thing happens with the talking! Being that he comes to work with me, he’s not around other kids as much, other than Sunday mornings at church. So, Trevor and I decided that sending Knox to preschool may be a good idea.
We were planning on starting him in the fall, but I called our church’s child development center, and they randomly had just one slot available now… for a one year-old! I was so excited. We go on Thursday to meet the director and Knox’s teacher to make sure it’s a good fit for him. If so, he’ll be starting next week going two days a week. It’s an actual pre-school program with a curriculum, so he would be getting lots of instruction (each class of eight kids has two teachers) and time to play with the other kids. It’s just for three and a half hours a day, so I’ll pick him up one day and bring him back to work with me, and Trevor will take him the other day and keep him at home. I’m looking forward to this for Knox, and I really hope he learns some things and enjoys himself.
Because this guy? He’s my world.
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