When Evie was about six months old her pediatrician made the offhand comment that she might be a late talker and it completely freaked me out. About that same time Evie started experiencing the ear infections that plagued her for months and months until we had the PE tubes inserted. During the pre-op examinations for the tubes an audiologist tested for hearing loss. I was stunned to learn that she had moderate hearing loss. It was like a punch in the gut to know that it was that bad.
When we initially discussed tubes with the pediatrician I asked Dr. Fes if the fluid could be causing the delay in her speech, and he said it was possible. I'll admit that I was very very worried about it. Chris and I constantly worked with Evie on her language. I can't count the number of times we played with her stacking cups, putting them INSIDE each other, knocking them DOWN and putting the PINK cup ON the GREEN cup. We read books to her, we danced and sang. And still all she said consistently was "dada" "dog" and "uh-oh". It had my momma brain going into overdrive bugging friends for tips, researching and constantly wondering, wondering.
Then a few weeks after the tubes went in and the glue like fluid was drained, Evie's vocabulary EXPLODED. I can't even count the number of words she knows now, but it is pretty amazing being able to hear her sweet voice say Mama! Not all of the words are super clear and she struggles with ending consonants, but she is communicating and learning!
Evie's Words at Sixteen Months Old
I am so proud of how far she has come in just two months!