Squidge is 19 months old.  She’s  smart, funny, inquisitive, fearless, happy… I could go on and on.   She started ‘rolling’ at 3 months, crawling by 6, creeping around furniture like a pro by 9 1/2 months and walked by a week shy of 11 months.  I’ve never really stressed out about her development.  I suppose I never had to. 

At 19 months my little Squidgyboo should be (according to the ‘experts’) using 50 single words, identify 2 pictures by pointing (one by naming), name 6 body parts and speak and be understood half the time.

Can you see where I’m going here?  FIFTY words?!?!  Holy Jebus that’s a lot.  She chats all.the.time.  but hell if I can understand her.  The only word I understand is stuck.  She gets stuck A LOT.  I know she knows what is going on because I can ask her to get or do something and she does it.  She can put her dishes in the sink when asked, her trash in the bin and retrieve her shoes from the hallway.  So I know she understands but she just refuses to say words.  So tell me not to worry.  Tell me I’m being an idiot.  Tell me she’s going to wake up next week speaking in complete sentences.  I get really frustrated with her when she just looks at me with her big brown eyes when I ask her to say cow.  I KNOW she knows cow because she can pick up the cow card when I ask her to.   

Wal’s back tonight- we’re off to Liverpool to pick him up in a couple of hours.  Yippee!! Oh and I also signed up as a fit friend.  I’ve been totally slacking and it’s already almost the middle of the month!!  Sorry Cami.  I’ve also been trying to figure out how to put this badge on my sidebar- apparently I’m an idiot and I don’t know how so I’ll add it here.



  1. byrney
    February 10, 2008 /

    Worry not!!! I am convinced the development books have it wrong on this skill!! The majority of kids I know don’t hit the books expectations on this! But I’m also starting to wonder if I’m just a bit hard to please (and maybe you too??) cos a couple of weeks ago someone said Noah was saying LOADS of words…myself I can’t hear them they just sound like noises to me!! I think you, like me, are listening for clear cut words!!! I know I have heard Squidge saying a few words such as hiya and Ta. You watch very soon you’ll understand loads that she says.

  2. maria
    February 10, 2008 /

    Hey!! you’re not ALLOwed to worry. remember? YOu told me they will catch up with each other by the time they start school. C at 15 months is barely cruising well around furniture and NO teeth.. Sigh!!.. and what is a fit friend? looks like a cool graphic though..

  3. Maryann
    February 11, 2008 /

    Why haven’t you talked to me about this? Her madrinha is supposed to be the pro on this- I am a speech therapist!!!! I can give you some strateiges to stimulate her language expression…I am on vacation next week so I will call you, but feel free to call me too. All kids develop at different rates though. She is a bright little girl. XOXOXO

  4. February 11, 2008 /

    I have no idea. My neice is like this though, they got a speech therapist. She’s super smart, just doesn’t like to talk.