There comes a point in the development of all my children when I have a huge sigh of relief. Some of those moments haven't happened yet for all my kids, but I know they are coming.
Yesterday was a huge relief for me in Alexander's verbal development. We had friends over for dinner and cupcakes and another child tried to take his cupcake. He yelled at the child, "NO, Me bite!". I was so pleased. He used a 3 word sentences to express to the other child that it was his cupcake. There was no prompting from the adults and his first inclination wasn't to act out physically (as usually happens with verbally delayed children).
I don't want to jinx it and say he is caught up, but I now know that he will be totally caught up by the time he is 3 years old. That was my biggest hope for him. A delay in verbal development really hurts a child; socially, academically and even in discipline. It takes them much longer to mature. I know a few boys who had speech delays at 18 months old, but for whatever reason didn't start services until closer to 3 years old. Now at a respective 6 years old and 5 years old they are still delayed in speech and socially, not to mention the behavior problems the parents have with those children. I'm so glad we chose not to wait. Alexander is really going to be okay . . . . at least in this respect.