I will confess, this is the most challenging time I've had has a parent. Liam can make sounds but not words (other than; Dadda, Momma, Nanna, Yum). I feel more lost now than ever before when trying to uncover what he wants. Part of that is what he wants changes every .09 seconds. I love that he can walk and giggle, he points very well which helps but the lack of verbal communication, coupled with his frustration and whining, its a challenge for me. I want so much to know what he wants, to help him. After 17 attempts (milk? walk? blocks?) we usually discover his want/need, but there has to be a better way.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately, studies show boys develop slower verbally and faster with motor skills, so how can I help Liam to show me what he wants? What can I do? I racked my tiny, exhausted brain for days. We never did the whole baby sign language thing, I had read somewhere that it can delay verbal development further in boys so I decided it wasn't for us, but maybe now a few signs would help? I was torn.
Flash forward to this morning; V, Liam and I are all chilling in the living room playing before we all leave for the day. It was one of those rare non-rushed mornings, we were all smiling, Liam was giggling with ultimately makes V and I laugh like crazy. Liam looked over at his Dinosaur walker toy, looks up at me and says "Doggie" perfectly. V and I looked at one another in shock so much so that Liam thought he'd done something wrong until we started to laugh and say Yay, Liam!!! I could care less that it wasn't really a doggie, it was perfect and a memory I will always cherish!
Another fun thing Liam says is "Dadda, N'mmmmm" when he likes his meal which is almost all meals, even when he's eating with me. Momma is Liam's emergency word, he only uses it when he gets hurt or is upset. Haha. He has a handful of other noises that single when he wants up or is happy, he's such a funny and happy boy.
I have to say I think it's God's perfect timing, he shows us that all things work out perfectly in his time if we just let them.