Have you ever had one of those moments that just hits you like a ton of bricks tossed at you from left field? Yesterday was one of those days...
I made a doctor's appointment for Moose just so we could be sure he wasn't dehydrated. Our doctor confirmed that it's probably (is that a confirmation?) a stomach bug that's been going around. Apparently it lasts about 4 days (or 6 days if your name is Moose). She was watching him play...
...and here comes that ton of bricks...
...(forgive me because I can't recall her exact words) basically she told me that he's not speaking as clearly/well as she'd like for him to be.
um...ok...we came in to diagnose a stomach bug. What?
Moose does not speak like you or me. He does not speak in full, complete sentences (usually). He can say phrases: "daddy at work" "mama always comes back" "we're watching wii (or cars or whatever)" "mama milk please"
For the most part, he just tells me what he wants (or screams it as is his norm): "night-night" "bath" "book" "hungry" "eat" "milk" "wii" "football" "puppies (101 Dalmations)" "Cars (either the movie or the toys)" "baby"
He jabbers to himself or others. He uses the same words for things, even if it's not the "correct" term (he apparently calls our window shade for the car "one" as I found out after many trial and errors and attempts). He hears fine (I was flipping through the radio stations yesterday and happened upon a sermon of some sort. They said something about Jesus and Moose repeats "Jesus"). He repeats a lot of what he's asked or told: "can you hear me?" "hea you." He doesn't answer many questions with "yes" or "no": "are you hungry?" "hunwy." He can answer "is the baby awake or asleep?" with "awake" or "asleep" (usually he's right on, too). He doesn't know the difference between "wet" and "poop" (he calls them both "poopie" - when he notices at all).
I'm not sure how 2 1/2 year olds are supposed to sound. I know some girls his age (I don't really know any boys his age) pronounce better and speak more fluently. I attribute this partially to their gender. Women, as a whole, speak better than men (speak more than men, too - obviously a generalization as there are exceptions). When there's a change in dialect or an influx in a word, women pick it up 10-20 years before men (thank you History the English Language). My cousin's son is a month older and doesn't say a word.
I know our doctor loves us and loves Moose and wants what's best for him. She suggested a speech evaluation (although she says she's not REALLY worried). My heart kind of broke, I'll be honest. I feel like it's my fault he doesn't speak better: not enough books, too much tv, maybe I talk for him too much (which I try not to do or at least have him repeat what to say). I know it's not a jab at my parenting because some things are out of our control as moms and dads...but still...I cried (not in the office, although I wanted to).
So now I wait for someone to call me to set up an appointment. Yee-haw...:(