Talking at 17 month?

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Talking at 17 month?
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Mon, 03-30-2009 - 9:34am

Just wondering what kind of talking the other 17-month-ers are doing?

I hope this doesn't sound like one of those EC brags, but Lorelei was talking A LOT at this age - over 50 words and 2 and 3 word "sentences". I remember because that's how old she was when Sadie and John were born and I remember being thankful that she could tell me what she wanted since I was so busy.

Sadie and John on the other hand say hardly anything. Sadie says "no" (for almost everything!) and "all done" - and she signs "more". John says a little more - "abby" (that's the dog), "yes" and "no" (while shaking or nodding his head), "boots" "belly" "mooooo" and "all done" - he also signs "more". They understand much more and follow directions very well, just not much talking.

I'm finding it hard not to 1. compare them to Lorelei and 2. blame myself for not teaching them like the daycare did for Lorelei.

What's "normal" for this age range? Are they behind or was Lorelei ahead?







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Mon, 03-30-2009 - 10:18am

Elissa,


From what it sounds like, I think Lorelei was ahead.

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Mon, 03-30-2009 - 11:01am

Elissa - I agree with Cindy that Lorelei was ahead.

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Registered: 04-06-2007
Mon, 03-30-2009 - 2:54pm

Elissa- First of all, we all have all earned the right to brag our heads off about our kids. So while your post did not at all sound like a brag, you're welcome to here. We worked too hard to get these munchkins not to brag on them.

Anyway, Lorelei was definitely ahead. I remember at Lucas's 18 month check up the doc asked how many words he had and I said 50+. He told me that that was way ahead for his age. So if Lorelei was there at 17 months, she's just very verbal. I can't speak to comparing the kids since I have only one, but I will say that of all of my friends with more than one, the second NEVER seems to excel in the same areas is the first (or second and third in your case). It's quite likely that even if they were in the same environment Lorelei was at this age, they'd still be exactly where they are verbally. It's not your "fault," plus there is nothing to feel guilty about here anyway. They're well within the normal range. How quickly they acquire these skills has NOTHING to do with intelligence. Maybe Kristen will chime in, but she worried about Audrey's verbal skills lagging and that girl is a smart cookie. No maternal guilt.

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Registered: 10-13-2004
Mon, 03-30-2009 - 3:48pm

Elissa:


Aaron had his 18mo checkup a few weeks ago, and his ped had us take home an evaluation form that covered fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, personal/social



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