Okay, so my son was born at 34 weeks which is of course early but not exceptionally so. He spent two weeks in the hospital due mainly to feeding issues. He's now coming up on 17 months. He is happy and healthy, a bit too active and very playful. But he doesn't say a word. Nothing. He might babble out mama or dada from time to time but he doesn't even use those with any purpose. He honestly doesn't really seem like he has any interest in talking. He doesn't make any effort to mimic sounds. He gets his point across with pointing, fussing, bringing you to what he wants or trying to climb into his high chair if he's hungry. He just makes no effort to use language. Our pediatrician said that he wants to see 5 words by 21 months. I guess if he's not doing that then they'll refer him for early intervention or something. I went through a period of kind of freaking out about this but now I'm just sort of puzzled by it. In my opinion, he's done everything later than expected and so it comes as no huge surprise that he's behind with language as well. My aunt was saying the other day that one of the men in our family, who is now probably one of our most well spoken members, didn't speak until he was three. I also have a friend with a son that didn't start talking until three and she sort of went through hell because of it in that they scared the crap out of her, had him in all of this early intervention, therapy, etc., none of which seemed to do anything and then, when he was good and ready at age three, he just started talking. I don't know, I feel like my pediatrician is somewhat dismissive of the effects that his prematurity had on his development. I realize that he wasn't a micro preemie but my whole pregnancy was pretty awful and he truly has been slow to do so many things. Anyway, I just thought I'd ask if anyone else has dealt with something similar with their preemie.