Macsen is now 3 but still doesn’t talk. He has no diagnosis of anything other than a speech delay. There’s no specific reason for him to have a delay. He’s never had a dummy/pacifier. He’s always been talked to. We live in a busy home where everyone talks… a lot.
Nevertheless, I still feel like it’s my fault he doesn’t talk. He was a day short of 17 months when Enfys was born and from that moment on our priorities changed. It was more than just the change that happens when a new baby arrives. Enfys had an undiagnosed chromosome abnormality, she had a hole in her heart. She was in heart failure from 8 weeks old and spent over 3 months in hospital in her first 6 months.
Macsen just wasn’t a priority. I hate saying it, I hate admitting it, but it’s true. We made do the best we could but our priority was getting our baby through open heart surgery. It was only when Enfys came home that we were able to start living again.
Our health visitor has been amazing about it. She insisted on referring him for Speech and Language Therapy before his 3rd birthday which meant he has been able to start therapy earlier than most children.
We are 4 months into the journey and Macsen is responding incredibly well. He enjoys attending his sessions and is even able to tell me who we are going to see.
2 weeks ago he even said something every Mummy wants to hear. I have waited 3 years to hear it.
That moment alone made everything worth while. He now says ‘Love You’ without prompting. He says it when one of us leaves the house, he says it when he’s going to bed, he even says it just because.