As parents we all get excited for those first words, ma-ma & da-da and the cute little baby babble but for Archie this didn’t really happen.
He started making a little noise around 9 months but soon went completely silent apart from some squealing when excited. There was no baby babble, no funny little words, no mispronunciations. Then by about 12 months he stopped responding all together, this is where his Autism Journey began.
Over two years of speech therapy followed with my little boy trying so hard and getting so frustrated. His lack of speech & communication was heartbreaking, seeing him last out in frustration as he couldn’t tell anyone what he wanted or why he was upset. No way to tell us know what was wrong with him or what he wanted for tea. I can’t begin to imagine how hard this is for him.
Eventually around his third birthday a little babble began, he could say no even though no didn’t mean no, it was just the only word he had so he used it. Then came ma-ma which was amazing even though he didn’t actually know what it meant, ma-ma was his word for when he wanted something. Everyone was ma-ma, is was just his way of getting attention but a new word is a new word no matter how he uses it.
Gradually we started getting a few more little words from him, I was so excited the day he said di-so for his dinosaurs, he absolutely loves dinosaurs and even though we have to have Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures on the TV in the background all day everyday I don’t care as I just love hearing him squeal di-so everytime one comes on the screen.
He’s four in October and has a handful of words now, ney-ney is his favourite, everything from ice cream to aeroplanes are ney-ney’s but my two favourite words are Mummy & Daddy. It took a long time to hear those beautiful words. The first time he called me Mummy, actually said it to me was incredible, I thought my heart would burst. Then one evening when Daddy came home from work he squealed the word Daddy & I don’t know how I held the tears back, both hearing him not only say it, but say it to Daddy is such a huge step.
I’ll always remember the first time he called me mummy, he doesn’t say it often but I cherish the times he does.