Adenoids, Grommets and Finally Talking!

toddler speech development
In the year or so leading up to Elliott’s second birthday, he was always sick with croup and chest infections and didn’t say many words at all.  There was just something not right about it and so I took him to see the paediatrician.

The paediatrician sent Elliott for a hearing test and a visit to the Ear Nose & Throat specialist. The hearing tests showed that Elliott had mild hearing loss and that he would need to have his adenoids removed and grommets inserted.

toddler speech development
Since Elliott’s surgery last year, it’s been a waiting game to see when he will start talking properly. Until recently, Elliott has really only used single words, many quite unclear and he has become quite frustrated on a regular basis simply because he can’t communicate properly.

For such a long time I’ve worried about his speech development. I’ve tried to keep reminding myself that he had hearing loss for such a long time and which is likely the reason for the delay. But even that reminder is never enough to stop me worrying.

A number of people have told me not to worry, they explained that their kids just woke up one day and wouldn’t stop talking!  To be honest, this sounded like a bit of a myth to me.

But, all hail, the myth is true, it’s happened to Elliott over the past handful of days.

All of a sudden he’s come out of his shell and is all ‘talk, talk, talk’.  He’s started singing songs like row row row your boat and twinkle twinkle. He plays a little game with Mr. G and I where he taps us on the leg or arm and says ‘I got you’.  He is using proper sentences and actually holding conversations!  This is a huge milestone for all of us.

The ‘y’ has now been added to Mum and Dad too. For so long it was Mum and Dad because he couldn’t say the ‘y’ sound and now I just love hearing him call out ‘Mummy! Daddy!’

Elliott is 2 years and 9 months old and I have to say that the sound of his little voice and the way he pronounces his words just melts my heart. It’s truly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard.

It’s taken such a long time, but the joy I have for this milestone is well worth the months of worry. I’d have to say it’s been the most joyful milestone so far because it’s been such a challenge to get here.

Was your child a late talker? Did they have their adenoids out or grommets?

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    September 1, 2014 / 6:25 am

    Glad to hear this has happened. Boys do take longer usually anyway. I never had late talkers but I did watch one Son with a severe dairy allergy that lay undiagnosed, change before me in a week after finally being relieved of his severe constipation that had pained him for 2 long years, 24 hours a day. From quiet as a mouse to biggest chatterbox ever!

    • September 1, 2014 / 8:48 am

      Thats pretty much the same change Hayley had when her allergy was diagnosed and we started to manage it. She was younger though but it was like a different baby.

  2. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    September 1, 2014 / 6:28 am

    I just want to add that the subscribe drop-down gadget takes up 75% of the screen view on mobile gadgets – I can barely read your blog. You might want to know! 🙂

    • September 1, 2014 / 6:52 am

      Thanks Jody! I’ve been tinkering with the website since I swapped from blogger so that’s great feedback. I think I might get rid of it!

  3. September 1, 2014 / 6:43 am

    You must be so relieved. My first son was a late but ‘ all at once’ talker. My second son has been more the bits and pieces but constantly adding to his vocab type.

  4. LydiaCLee
    September 1, 2014 / 6:53 am

    Mine weren’t but Einstein didn’t talk til he was 5. As I’m sure you’ve been told.

  5. September 1, 2014 / 7:19 am

    Isn’t it the best feeling EVER? My oldest had those issues, her specialist said it was like she was hearing us underwater and her speech suffered and she was hard to understand. She was also quite a quite child who played by herself. But once she had the same op as your son she BLOSSOMED! Yes we had to get speech therapy as she was already talking by this stage, she is now a big chatterbox, great news for you Eva, I’m very happy for you xx

  6. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    September 1, 2014 / 7:55 am

    I’m so glad to hear that Elliott speech is developing so well! I’ve taught quite a few kids with hearing problems and it’s so nice when their hearing aids/grommets work properly as it makes such a high difference to them. xx

  7. September 1, 2014 / 8:05 am

    That’s great! Lovely to hear our kids talk! Now he won’t stop 🙂

  8. September 1, 2014 / 8:47 am

    I have a feeling Hayley will be a little chatterbox (it may be my fault because apparently I talk a lot). Shes only 13 months and already says mum, dad, bub, up, no, yea and then a bunch of rah rah rah rah, na, na, na, na, bu, bu, bu, ha, ha, ya, ya, ya, ya when shes playing with her toys or annoyed with us. I have a nephew who had the same problems as Elliott though and his speech improved dramatically after his operation. It took a while but now you can understand what he says and he talks sentences instead of inaudible mumbling. It must make such a big difference to them too being able to hear properly finally.

  9. September 1, 2014 / 10:08 am

    Glad it got the overnight awakening! The hearing canbe such an issue

  10. September 1, 2014 / 10:40 am

    I’m so glad to hear Elliott is now making up for lost time! Can’t say either of my kids had any major issues along the way, although I remember my sister being worried when her daughter didn’t start walking until about 18 months.

  11. September 1, 2014 / 10:48 am

    Isn’t it amazing how kids bounce back at their own pace. Elliott is a champion. Enjoy! V x

  12. Shermeen Ching
    September 1, 2014 / 11:31 am

    I love the way our kids go on and on and on in their little baby voices! Hurrah for Elliot! It is never too late.

  13. Vanessa Connor
    September 1, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    My Mr 5 was a late talker and had speech therapy for a while. But now he’s fine. I’m glad your little man is chattering away now. Now you can start to enjoy all the funny and cute things he’ll say!

  14. Alicia-OneMotherHen
    September 1, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Mine have always been early and clear talkers. Luckily they haven’t had any problems. It helps to talk to them normally from the start. To say the words to everyday things and talk them through everything, like putting on shoes etc. So awesome he is chattering away now xx

  15. TeganMC
    September 1, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    I had a late talker too. I took him for a hearing test and all was ok so we just played the waiting game. He was just over 3 and like you say, he went from no talking to talking over night. Now I wish he’d be bloody quiet for five minutes lol!

  16. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    September 1, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    You must be so relieved Eva. My middle girl had hearing loss too after years of ear infections and had grommets inserted. She would talk but I could hardly understand her. Intensive speech therapy helped her a lot – she will always say some sounds differently and have a bit of an accent but she can speak and be understood. I really hope your boy’s speech now develops in leaps and bounds!

  17. Pinky Poinker
    September 1, 2014 / 10:24 pm

    My eldest son was very late to talk but that was just him. Two of my other sons had hearing problems and we didn’t pick it up until they were in Grade Two so good early pick up Eva!

  18. September 3, 2014 / 10:06 am

    That is amazing news Eva.
    No late talkers in this house, all 3 have been babbling away since they were small and now 12 hours of the day is spent with kids yelling!!
    Love the new site, very fancy!!

  19. September 3, 2014 / 11:19 am

    My second boy didn’t talk till this same age. It is so lovely to finally hear there words.

    Oh and I LOVE the picture of you in this post. It actually really looks like you! The you I met and conversed with. I think that in your gravatar there is a light right above you that is giving you a blond appearance. I’ve been analysing it! Cause I was certain you were blond!! love ya guts!!