Monday, December 1, 2014


I just love Prince Harry. He seems like such a fun guy. When my US Weekly email came today it said something to the effect of "Prince Harry revels big secret" of course I clicked on the link. Turns out he has anxiety. Join the club, handsome. He is part of a movement to support World AIDS Day by reveling a secret about yourself with the hashtag feelnoshame. Honestly, I don't really understand twitter, so I thought I would share here.

I am terrified something is "wrong" with my precious kins. TERRIFIED.

He doesn't babble. He just doesn't.

He also doesn't clap or wave on command (Commands like Hi (we wave), or Bye (we wave),  or please baby for the love of your mother WAVE so I don't Lose. My. Shit (we wave desperately). Usually he laughs at us.

Obviously he doesn't talk since he isn't even babbling.

I have reached out to friends of mine who are SLPs and special education teachers. Everyone says they think he sounds fine. No one says "you're crazy stop worrying" (no one of any authority that this).

We called the pedi (royal we, I did it) the week before Thanksgiving and she put in a referral to the early intervention people. They called last Monday and came over the day before Thanksgiving for the intake.

Hub said he thought from the comments of the intake nurse that she thinks kins is fine. I didn't get that impression, but I let hub think that for the time being. Though she did say he was a smarty pants- twice. Anyway.They come over for the evaluation on Thursday morning. I can't breathe.

Kins is interactive, he answers to his name (and to kins, hahaha). He is a physical rock star- he takes a few steps to get from one object to another and he climbed up all 12 stairs Sunday (I'll tell you about that later). He has a mean pincer grip and feeds himself like a champ.

But he won't babble, He's not deaf or even hard of hearing.

#feelnoshame. I am terrified.

PS. I have mentioned the royal family A LOT on this blog. This is strange to me, I am really not much of a royal watcher.


  1. I'm so sorry you're feeling anxious about this! But, I'm also really glad you're so proactive! EA will give you a VERY good idea of what's going on. And if they think he's a little behind, they will get him the help he needs! Some kids are slow talkers. Some kids need some support, and some kids jabber all the time. Even if he DOES end up being a little behind, that doesn't mean there's something WRONG, just that he may need some support! The great milestones in the physicality department is awesome!

    It's kind of impossible to not worry about our kids! ALL the time!

  2. Hey Lizzy, Quinn just recently went through the whole EI eval deal a few months ago (he was 13 months at the time). What you've described is the same exact experience we've had with Quinn. Long story short...he has a 40% speech delay and the therapist says it is really just a case of "finding his voice". In just two visits I have learned a tremendous amount on how to get him to get that voice out and he has finally found his babbling. We went from just saying a's and o's to baba's and dada's in a very short time thanks to the help from EI. Hope your appointment today went well! Feel free to email me.

  3. It is possible that bub will have a speech delay. It's ok. Some kids have them. The very best, best, best thing you can do at this point is to teach sign language. It will let bub communicate with you his wants and needs before he can speak (even if he is not speech delayed, kids can sign before they can talk). I highly recommend signing times, and baby signing times dvds. Watch them together to learn as you go and start off using the signs you would most commonly say to communicate (milk, more, water, eat etc). Always speak and sign at the same time. Hearing kids learn the best this way. Signing won't delay speech, but if he IS speech delayed it will reduce frustration for him and you.

    Good luck! I know you are afraid, but he is going to be fine, even with a speech delay.

    1. Thank you for this! We started some sign language and he doesn't seem to "get it" it we'll keep at it.