Hello Mr Chatterbox

It's funny now when I think back to how worried we were about Ethan's speech. But back then, no matter what we did and how much encouragement he received, we got nothing. Not a thing! 

And it was like that up until just after he started nursery at just before 3 years and 4 months old. When suddenly we started getting some speech come through. 

I remember him sitting in the back of the car on the way home from nursery literally trying to talk. Like making the biggest effort even though what he was saying made no sense. Adam and I turned to smile at each other, he was clearly trying to copy the other children. We felt such a sense of pride, after so long our little boy was suddenly trying to discover his voice. 

We'd been through the worries, we'd had the health visitor round to our house, we'd been referred to speech therapy (though we never had an appointment) and we even went for a hearing test before we got to the stage of Ethan making any effort to talk at all. 

Part of me sort of knew that he would talk when he was ready. I think he is observant and I think he made a sort of little mental dictionary of words for himself, because when he finally did start talking it all sort of came at once. 

It started with 'Dada' and 'Mama' and he would call himself 'E E' and Logan 'Low-low'. It was the best, he could finally start communicating what he wanted. Suddenly he would be asking us for 'papa' (pasta) for dinner and making other little requests. 

From there on, he's learnt how to say all of his words and he now uses the correct words for out things. Cucumber makes me laugh, he says something like 'cu cu number' and he calls his favourite plane a bulcan rather than a Vulcan.

But in terms of speech, he's there! And he's definitely caught up, he started showing us that he could count and he can now nearly count to 20. He can say a lot of his ABC's. Everyday he'll say a sentence I didn't think he knew how to put together and he seems to learn new words every single day. The latest word is 'Massive'.. "Mummy it was so massive!'.

We've honestly gone from having a little boy who worried us with his speech, to having a little boy who rarely is quiet. He is a total and utter chatterbox. He talks all day long and asks questions about absolutely EVERYTHING and then once you've answered his questions, he has a thousand more ready and waiting. 

I think as a parent you do naturally worry when you're little one isn't talking by 3 years old, it's in our instincts. But it's also in our instincts to know our own children and I really did think he was going talk when he was ready. And he did. 

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  1. They all get there eventually. They say between the age of 3 and 3 1/2 years is when they pick up the most words. Ethan is just doing fine. X

  2. Aww! Bless him! It must have been so worrying for him not to speak but some children do things in their own time. However long it takes.
    I know my youngest does. She has worried us over so many things but usually she shows us we have nothing to worry about eventually x

  3. SO gorgeous and what lovely photographs. Great to meet you in person too Alex and thanks for the advice xx

  4. Yay, well done Ethan! :) xx

  5. Aww bless him. We had a similar issue with Oscars walking. We knew he could walk but he just would not do it. Then one day, when he was about 4 months away from his second birthday he just stood up and walked from one side of the room to the other. No tottering, no falling over or helping himself to get from a to b by holding on to the furniture. He just went! I honestly think it was the best way for him to do it as well as Stacey just fell over all the time when she started walking! Lol.

    Anyway, I have totally gone away from the reason I was commenting now. I was just going to say how brilliant it is that Ethan has found his voice and I know it will be a MASSIVE relief for you and Adam :)

    Louise x