After those first steps 2 weeks ago Matilda spent most of the weekend toddling around. Still a bit wobbly and not yet able to stand up without something for support but definitely getting there. She’s also oh so excited and the feeling of walking, huge cheesy grin on her face as she works our how to go out of the dining room, into the tiled hallway and then into the lounge. Our house being Victorian and with wooden floors isn’t the easiest place to learn, no completely flat surfaces or nice soft carpet to land on but she’s managing.
This is great. More than great. But we realised that over the last few weeks her talking has deteriorated. She could say Henry by the time he was 3 weeks old but never says it anymore. So to for Bracken and Daddy, gone and will not be spoken no matter what the encouragement.
Of course as a parent you begin to worry; Why has she stopped? Is there something wrong? Are we not doing enough playing and teaching with her? Has having Henry caused it?
Who knows, could be a million and one things. No doubt adjusting to having Henry in the house has to have an effect. Maybe she has been using all her brain power on learning to walk and growing teeth (oh yes, a molar is coming through at the moment, such a fun time). Whatever it is I hope it comes back soon.
Not that she stops ‘chatting’ of course, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever met a noisier 16 month old. Just nothing that is really a word. Sometimes she’ll look at you and this 20 second torrent of ‘words’ will pour out. No idea what she’s saying, although it does sound remarkably like Italian. So maybe that’s it, maybe she’s bypassed English and gone straight to learning Italian?
We had a few snippets at the weekend, a few signs of words returning. The Lady of the Manor and I are claiming feet, mummy, Rhys (her cousin) and OK. But said only once and once only. Too quickly to get full verification and adjudication from an independent official therefore throwing that element of doubt into the mix.
So what can we do? Just be patient and hope? Any games or activities you’ve done to encourage speech? We do plenty of reading, books are the definitely the favourite toy, but what else?