Can Bubba walk yet?
Can Bubba clap yet?
oh yes...want me to show you?
Can he pick up his own food & feed himself?
can he ever!!
Can he say more than 5 words?
uh...let me think.....um...DaDa and Bye. But he can sign 3 things...does that count?
Here sweetie, show the nice lady how you want more.
More Bubba? More? (no response from the Bubba Boy) I promise you he can....
Ok. Can Bubba point to objects in a book when you say them?
Can he point to his body parts?
Can he sing a song to you?
no lady, I think I already told you that the kids doesn't know more than 2 words!!!!!
What are they going to ask me next, if he can do Algebraic Equations???
At this point I'm starting to feel like I am behind the times. A 15 month old who can sing and point to things? Am I going to the "advanced pediatrician?"
"No, I'm sorry, my son can only toddle around, shovel fist-fulls of cheerios in his mouth, and clear out a tupperware cabinet in 10 seconds flat. I guess he belongs in the remedial class."
So that was just the nurse. I still had to wait to see the doctor. Can you guess what this momma did while waiting?
Bubba, where's your nose? Here's your nose! Point to your nose.
All I got was a blank stare.
In walks Dr. XYZ (whom I go to church with and know) and I jokingly comment, "Ok!! My son can only say 2 words!" You would have thought I'd just asked him about cancer. He very seriously replies that if I don't see an improvement in the next 2 months, we might need to consider getting him in to see a speech therapist!!!! HUH???? Seriously?????
At this point I am looking around for the camera....surely this is a joke. I tried not to laugh when I told him that as this is my 3rd child and he's a BOY, I didn't think that would be necessary. He is going to be talking up a storm before we know it.
Bubba can communicate with us just fine. He DID sign for a few weeks. He told us when we wanted "more" to eat or if he was "all-done". He was working hard on "thank-you" and of course he had "bye-bye" and "hi" down pat. But then it stopped. His more turned into a point and "oh, oh, oh"sound. His all done became an adamant shake of the head "no". And sometimes he would just stare at me when I would ask him. UGH!!! So now he can't speak or sign?? Are we going backwards?
No, of course not. This sweet boy has us wrapped around his finger so darn much, that he doesn't have to do much more than point to what he wants. Or walk over to the pantry and reach up to open the door when he is hungry. Or bring us his shoes (or ours) when he wants to go outside. Or fuss VERY LOUDLY when he doesn't get what he wants. Why should he learn to talk? We understand him perfectly well.
And for the record. After hearing this story, his Daddy has been working with him on several words. Ma Ma, Pa Pa, shoe, nigh-nigh and Hi! are all wonderfully tumbling from his mouth. Now we just need to start working on those body parts! I want him in Baby Mensa by 18 months!