Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Small Fry - 22 months

By the time Tater Tot was 22 months, she had a 2.5 month old sister, was speaking spanish, and could say this list of 144+ words (including buttcrack).

I don't want to compare my children, but Small Fry's speech has me a little worried. She understands a lot and follows commands, but she only says a few words clearly. 3... Maybe. Last night I asked her to get me a diaper and a wipe for Baby Sprout and she came back into the living room proudly carrying both!

Maybe I didn't spend enough time reading to her. Maybe Tater Tot took up more of my attention and then the new baby came and all the attention was on him and my recovery. Somehow, along the way, Small Fry just got left behind in the talking department.

Thinking we'll need to have a serious talk with a doctor or speech pathologist by her second birthday (which is coming up in two months).

Oh boy.


  1. Laura Robinson MorrisWednesday, July 04, 2012

    Karen, I suppose you've heard the stories of Thomas Alva Edison and Einstein? My remembrance is approximate, but it's something like this: One of them didn't speak until he was about 3 1/2 at which time he uttered a complete sentence. The other was considered slow and not capable of being taught in public school. I think the Principal asked his Mom to remove him from school or something like that. D is precious, very smart and going to be her perfect self! Don't worry Sweet Potato! There are wonderful apps that say the words to match the pix and she will delight in "playing" school!

  2. Karen remember that if you think she needs to be evaluated for speech you can always self refer to early intervention. Check your county's department of health website for information. We self refered T for a PT eval, no Dr. apt needed and the process was smooth. Grated I work for the agency who did the eval so I knew how to work the system to get things moving along. Under three is the easiest time to get evals done. That said most of my Speech friends are frustrated with all the young evals that are coming in. Most of them feel that we are pushing kids too fast and are quick to jump to evals and that for kids under 3 unless there are feeding issues speech evals are a waste of time. Do what your gut tells you is right. Good luck.