A Toddler’s Life

It must be so hard to be Collin. He’s the shortest being in this house (unless you count the fish, and that really doesn’t count at all) and can’t reach all this cool stuff on the table our counters. He’s always being told “No!” as he tries to climb or grab. He gets super frustrated with building blocks because he wants a really tall tower, but the blocks keep falling over. He thinks he can swim, but nope. Not yet. Pesky ol’ Mom keeps grabbing on to his arm whenever he gets near water. He has to sit and be strapped down in a carseat when he would rather be wandering around the van while Mom or Dad is driving. He’s 16 months old and still doesn’t have any words for anything, so people just can’t understand what he wants.

He’s been spending a lot of time frustrated lately.

Collin is so adorable and a shameless flirt. As his family, we can mostly understand what he wants. He will reach for something if he wants it and make a little noise. Every now and then, at the dinner table, he will sign “more” for us.  He dances and “sings” along to music (especially The Wiggles) and the other day he even found a baton to wave as Ches listened to band music recordings. Seriously! What 16 month old does that?? He does some of the actions to his favorite songs and changes the shape of his mouth to sing along with some of the vowels.

But no words. I still don’t really know if I should be doing about this or just let it ride the course for a little longer. We had a home evaluation and he scored really high in things like “fine motor skills”, but really low on “communication.” Well, duh. He doesn’t even say “Dada” or “Mama”. Nothing. So they are coming back with a therapist.

I keep thinking this will blow over and he’ll become so frustrated one day he’ll just shout, “Give me the dang block already!!” or “No! I don’t want to read Barnyard Dance again! I want to read Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! GOSH!” (and apparently Collin speaks like Napolean Dynomite. Sweet!)

It just must be so hard to be Collin.

 

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One response to “A Toddler’s Life

  1. we had a neighbor who’s son didn’t talk for a loonnng time! I don’t remember the age, but he was much older than Collin, I want to say 2. He’d sign everything he wanted, so he didn’t have a reason to talk. His mom finally put a stop to the signing and wouldn’t give him something until he tried to say the word, it didnt’ have to be perfect but he had to try. He’d sign, and she’d say “say milk” or whatever he wanted. it took a while and it was hard to understand him for a long time. but he got it. Plus, he has you,Ches and 3 big brothers that can understand what he wants and probably just gives it to him so he doesn’t have to say the word. or maybe you are trying to make him say it, I dont’ know i’m not there but thats how my friends little boy was. good luck! it’s a hard decision,he’s a smart kid, I think he’ll get it.

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