I've been noticing that he is on the verge of speaking in more than one word sentences or even adding to his very small vocabulary. George likes to sign and at the same time is a very lazy signer. I've taken to asking him what he wants more and more until he relents and either points at it or signs if he can't say the name. I can tell he wants to verbalize the name. He tries so hard.
I feel like I'm narrating a movie for most of the day as I tell George everything I'm doing in hopes he'll pick something up. I know that all children develop differently yet somehow I feel we've failed him in this part of his development as we're fast approaching his second birthday. Do we spend enough time communicating with him, asking him about things, telling him about things, reading, playing games that focus on recognizing objects, etc.? I think we do.
It might be that I feel some pressure from people that think he's behind in talking – I feel like I'm always defending George's right to develop and grow at his own pace. This may also be due to the fact that most people think Georgie is three when in fact he is only going to be 19 months on the 13th. Why is our society in such a hurry to make our children grow up? Our pediatrician isn't concerned, so why is everyone else?