It's pretty normal for parents to brag about their kid's development, but I feel like if your kid is late to do something (like walk) then you just wait with slight anxiety and don't broadcast it. In her short life history, Faith has only done two things right on schedule: get teeth and sleep through the night. Everything, including walking and talking, she has done "late". The funny thing is that if I didn't have access to books and the internet, I wouldn't even know that she was supposed to be doing X by month X. Well, other than the check ups at the doctor when I have to fill out the developmental checklist (but she's always right on track with that scoring).
My point in discussing this is simple: if you as a parent aren't worried, then there probably isn't anything wrong. Sure, most toddlers in Faith's age range have a good amount of words and some of them are even using sentences already, but I know Faith is capable of eventually speaking. She's just going to do it on her schedule, not mine or some development guide's schedule. One of the reasons that I'm not worried is that Faith knows a lot of words, even if she doesn't say them. Proof:
You have to look past the parts where she picks her nose and pokes herself in the eye. She's an evil genius and if you don't give her something she wants, she'll poke herself in the eye until you crack.
The words that Faith does know and use often aren't super useful in communication. Let's see, here's what we have:
BAY-BEEE [baby] (It should be noted that all people under the age of 21 are considered babies by Faith)
[interpreted toddler meaning, margin for error: high]
She also knows a bunch of animal noises, but I don't think those count. She knows more words than this list, but I don't remember them all. Those are just the ones that I hear all day, every day. For someone with a limited vocabulary, she sure likes to talk.
She is very artistically advanced as well:
|How can I express myself if the pictures are already drawn?|
|I use crayons in my own special way.|
I was thinking today how funny it would be if we had developmental guides for adults too. I feel like I'd be stuck in the "15 year old girl" category for humor and maturity, but I'm probably on track on most other categories which I would imagine would include things like "not horrible with money" and "cleaning the shower before it gets nasty".
What do you think would be included in the development guide for your age range?