There are few milestones we mamas look forward to more than hearing the beautiful sound of our babies calling us by name. When they first call us "Mama" it's like music to our ears. And it's been known to make the eyes a little leaky, right? But what if baby doesn't talk when everyone says they are supposed to?
My son was a very late talker. Very late. So late that I worried about his development. While other babies his age were babbling and uttering their first words, my boy was mostly silent. At two years old, I started to worry. His doctor sent him to speech therapy and I took to the internet to research language development. Putting it mildly, I was desperate to hear a word, just one, come from his sweet voice. I spent countless hours working with him through play and reading books. We used music and special games designed to encourage him to say something. Anything.
While other babies were talking, I noticed that he was busy advancing in other areas. He had (and still does have) the agility and balance of a much older child. His gross motor skills were off the charts. I realized that he was just busy working on other milestones so I forced myself to be patient and wait (not my best skill).
Eventually he said those beautiful words. Actually he yelled them at the top of his lungs because I was in the next room, "MAMA!! MAAAAMA!!! MAMA!!!" and as I rounded the corner to see my almost three year old finally say his first word a huge weight was lifting off my shoulders. He did it! Finally.
And now at four? Well, this kid is talking just about every second of the day and I still just love the sound of his voice.
What was your baby's first word? When did your baby or toddler start talking? Did you ever worry that your child's language development was late?
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