Relatively new here. I am a bit worried at the moment and can't really talk to my husband as he thinks I worry too much over nothing. So I am going to write a rather long post about my son and am after some advice / reassurance as I am the worlds worst worrier.
I have a 19 month old son who was born 4 weeks early. He was was in the NICU at hospital for 2 weeks with a feeding tube in his nose. He has always been developmentally slow. He didn't crawl properly until 12 months (was the worry of my life as other mother's used to make comments questioning why my son wasen't walking yet!). I used to come home from mother's group / play group in tears. He has only just started walking properly at nearly 19 months (paed was concerned so referred us onto physio and our son has been having one on one physio sessions at hospital each week for nearly 10 months. Now the concern is the fact that he is not talking. We have had his hearing tested and that came back all fine. We have been referred onto a speech therapist who we see in 4 weeks time. He does a huge amount of baby babble and is very vocal in his own way bus is not saying any proper words yet other than mum mum and dadda and woof woof at our dog. I have recently found out that my cousins 3 year old didn;t start talking properly until he was 2 1/2, so I am hoping that it is just a genetic thing. I am also putting all of my son's delays down to having a rather rough start to life!
I was so worried the other day that I consulted Dr Google (I know, big mistake!) and I typed in 19 month old is not talking and alot of websites started mentioning Autism which has freaked me out!!!!! My son is a very happy boy who has good social skills and fine motor skills and gives me very good eye contact and responds to his name when called. I would never of thought of my son as possibly being autistic, but when I started to read the signs, they mentioned arm flapping when excited which my son does. Fussy eater which is my son, speech and general developmental delays which my son has always had. I have always thought that as my son constantly babbles and makes a lot of noise that there wouldn't be anything wrong (I always had the impression that toddlers with autism didn't really make much noise at all, although I could be wrong as I don't know much about autism).
My mum and dad think I am being silly and they love my son to bits and do not believe there is anything wrong, they just think that he has been a late walker and will be a late talker. I will wait and see what the speech therapist has to say in 4 weeks time.
In the meantime to put my fear and anxiety to rest, has anyone got any advice / words of reassurance for me.
Thanks so much