So around a year old I noticed that Xander pretty much had zero words. He had said bath for a week and then nothing. He would say dadadadadadadad and bababababa over and over but no real words. So I mentioned something to his peds dr. She referred him to a speech therapist who in turn tested him and determined he had a speech delay. We got him signed up for occupational speech therapy the next month.
He is seen about 2x a month and the therapist works with him on naming objects and sorting and basically a structured play time. Xander has been making progress. He says daddy, car, bath, and when he sees himself in the mirror he calls himself Xandy. He also approximates a lot of phrases like "I did it". He is very independent and doesn't like help from us which is a hindrance in his speech because he will just do something on his own instead of asking for help. He has yet to call me mama or mommy. We have also been working on a little sign language and any time he needs help with something being opened he taps twice on it. Which is nice for the communication, but he doesn't pair it with any words yet. He is making progress and he babbles a ton more but he is just not a speaker yet. He turns 2 in 2 months and I am not sure if we will be able to start on potty training any time soon because his communication is just not up where it needs to be in order to be successful.
Every time I see other people post about words their babies say or videos of their babies talking I get sad. I really wish that Xander could tell us anything. I wish I could show off videos of him talking to me. Really I just wish he would call me mama.
Damn now I am crying.