I know I've written quite a bit about Simon's speech development, and when I really look at it objectively, it has been a very long and difficult road. I think to some extent, I may have even become a little complacent about how slow it was going.
Lately, I'm pleased to hear him form sentences, when identifiable phrases started to come just a few weeks ago. He's still behind, certainly, but in some ways it feels like I'm hearing him for the first time. He's trying so hard to talk to us now.
With this developing ability, he's also experiencing some emotions with the kind of intensity we've never seen before. Whenever he flips out and has a tantrum, we've always encouraged him to "use your words," and boy does he do that now. We can't always understand him, but tantrums have ascended to a whole new level, interspersed with phrases. I think we may indulge him a little too much at times, because we're so anxious to hear what he's saying. It has become problematic at bed time.
Still, to hear Simon talk is wonderful because it's an extension of his personality. He tells us things now about things going on around the house that are totally obvious, but it's still awesome.