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 lash 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.


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  1. June 8, 2016 / 10:35 am

    What a sweet post 🙂 I don’t remember when my daughter first said it. She learned the word Dada before mama or even mum. I think she called me something else. Your son is the cutest!

  2. June 8, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Lovely post and a special first. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

  3. June 8, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    What a beautiful post. I can only imagine the frustrations you face trying to help your son communicate. Our daughter is coming up to two and only recently starting saying Mam to me, it lifts my heart everytime I hear it. Sounds like you are doing an amazing job, helping and supporting him – I hope his word list continues to grow xx

  4. June 9, 2016 / 12:27 am

    Aw bless him, he made a huge leap being able to say mummy and daddy, with speech delays it can make it harder to communicate. i myself had speech therapy because I had delayed development.

  5. June 9, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Such a lovely little boy must be a great feeling to hear him say, Mummy and daddy. I bet there are many more words to come once he gets a hang of it. You’re an amazing mum.

  6. June 9, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Such a gorgeous post and memory. You have been on such a journey and the little rewards like hearing him say mummy must feel so incredible. You are such an amazing mummy and person! And yes Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures is the best! 😀 x

  7. June 9, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    This is so moving – what an amazing precious memory for you and your husband to treasure. I remember when I went to live in a country where I could not understand the language or make my self understood it was so lonely and frustrating. Good luck with the journey ahead. I think remembering this helped me deal with my twins who both had delayed speech.

  8. June 10, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Awww so beautifully written. I bet it was heartbreaking for those first few years. Such a lovely thing to hear though for both of you. Gotta love Andys adventures x

  9. June 14, 2016 / 8:21 am

    What a beautiful moment for you to cherish for ever. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must have been for your little man to not be able to communicate and it must have been so hard for you too. So lovely he can say Mummy and Daddy now. This is a lovely post xx #TwinklyTuesday

  10. June 14, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Go Archie! Cherish every moment, every step forward my love. Even if he ‘loses’ the words he has, or rarely uses them unprompted, he does NOW, in the moment and I’ve learnt that’s worth celebrating. Massive hugs xx

  11. June 16, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Aww what a lovely moment to remember- so special. Most of us take for granted being called mummy and there are times when I wish I could change my name! You’ve just made me remember how ruddy special that word is though and how grateful i should be to be able to be called it. Lovely post 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  12. June 17, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Beautiful post. That one word means so much ?

  13. July 6, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Aw, such a lovely post. I can’t remember the first time mine said mummy. It was always babbles that slightly changed so I didn’t realise until well after the event. #ssamazingachievements

  14. July 12, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    I remember wanting this word for so long too. Ethan could actually say Daddy for a long time before mummy followed. We were just discussing today that Ethan only started school last April with only a handful of words, mummy being one of the few, and now he has so many words. We still have the babble, there is a lot at the moment, but the words are coming. I believe Archie will find them too.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

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