Henry is 19 and a half months old.
Henry says about 4 words and thus can’t tell me what he wants…unless it’s me or his dad.
Henry has a few baby signs, but will only use them when I say “Show momma” first. So he doesn’t use them to communicate very well.
Henry will usually go to the fridge if he wants a drink or go to his highchair if he wants a snack. He points at the TV, he points at his soother on the counter, he points at his trucks that are stuck under the buffet. So usually? I understand him.
But there are times.
There are times when he will be happy and then start SCREAMING out of nowhere. He points at nothing. He doesn’t try to speak or sign. He just screams.
I pick him up. He arches his back.
So I put him down. He falls to the floor and screams louder and reaches for me.
I pick him up again. I try to give him a drink, I try to give him a snack. He hits things out of my hands and screams even louder.
I eventually become frustrated, and put him in the living room on the couch (so he can throw his body around comfortably) and I walk away. He runs after me screaming.
But then he will pull a kitchen chair up to the counter and point at the cookies we just baked. Because all he wanted was a cookie.
And I would have given him one right away, if he would have skipped the whole screaming part and pointed at the cookies from the start.
I know it must be frustrating and overwhelming to not be able to get what you want or tell someone else so they can get it for you. But I am at a loss for how to teach him that all he had to do was SHOW me. And that he is capable of doing that.
* this is not William related, and happened before William arrived as well
* it is normal for boys to be less vocal than girls and often not speak until after the age of 2. Yes I checked with multiple health care providers. Do not tell me it sounds like he has Autism because I have already looked into that and he doesn’t.
* 95% of the time he is a happy little guy. I don’t want this to wreck his image