I know you are not supposed to compare babies. Each one is original. Each one develops at his or her own pace. Blah blah. I'm definitely not lining up at 'cutest baby' contests or starting each thought with "my baby is better than yours!" but I am a little concerned, also a little disappointed. Now before you gather a lynching party, you must know that I'm not in any way ashamed or anything crazy, just bummed that my kiddo is a late bloomer of sorts in the spoken word.
Words are my life. They kind of have to be when you're a writer or blogger. Bug has said (and understood the meaning of 'kitty' since he was like 9 months old. That was his first word. It remains the only word that we are 100% sure he knows and says. He says 'ma' and variations of 'ma' during sleepy, crabby, sad, or ouchie times, and more in the evening. He says 'da' and all of it's variations during the daytime, happy times, and while playing.
I've been pointing to everything lately, teaching him words for objects. And you know what he does? He points. It's almost comical and I'm trying to keep it all in my head, because I don't want to be like a crazy 'dance mom' but with words! I want him to do it at his own pace, I just want to also make sure I have provided a good learning environment!
Signing isn't really working either. We've been at it since nearly 6 months of age. He bangs his hands on the tray of the highchair when he wants more. He grunts when he's hungry. He puts his hands up for kitty. These are HIS signs, which is really cool, I just am so ready to communicate more openly with my Bug! He did do the nurse sign once, but I am not sure if it was a fluke or understanding. He doesn't really wave bye-bye. I know he understands. From being with him nearly 24/7 (and because I'm his mama) I just know when he understands and what he is trying to communicate.
So I talk. I wait. I listen more closely. At this point I think I'd be proud as a peacock (peafowl, since I'm a lady) if he said "Shit!" Really. I just want to hear his wonderful little voice. I keep telling the people that ask me "What is he saying now" that he is taking his time talking. After all, he was early on all things physical. And, I have a friend in the 'why' stage with her toddler, so I keep telling myself to enjoy this time. And I do.