Over the course of the last month or so I’ve realized that Ari should — perhaps — be more verbal than he is. He (barely) says “Dada” and “Mamaaaaaaah” (emphasis on the last syllable because he only says my ‘name’ when he really, REALLY wants something). He says “hot” and “up,” even though it sounds more like “ut!”
But this kid understands EVERYTHING. Nothing gets past him — in an almost aggravating way.
He may not be verbal, but he can communicate! He points, he reaches, he makes sounds… just very few real words.
It’s only recently that people started to point it out to us. And then I started to see videos of friends with kids around the same age — talking. Even counting!!
Deep down I know that I shouldn’t be comparing one kid to another. I know that Ari is healthy and happy; I know that he communicates in his own way; and I know that he is right where he should be.
But the “developmental milestones” timeline can be daunting on a parent. If your kid does or doesn’t hit a milestone by a certain age, it may, as a parent, make you worry. Or it may make others worry on your behalf.
It’s a good thing that I just keep reminding myself that we are right where we need to be! <3 That’s what I have to keep focusing on. He’s happy, he’s healthy, and he’s a smart kid (sometimes even a smartass!) 🙂
Have you ever had this situation your little one?