Clear speech has not come easily to Trip. He started speaking when he was ready (around 1 year old), but as his vocabulary grew, his speech impediment grew obvious. Logie was his “brudder,” third was “furd.” It was so very sweet because he always sounded so young. When he was tiny, he would get so very frustrated when we couldn’t understand what he was trying to say. When he started reading, the speech impediment didn’t have an effect on learning the proper spelling of any words. We asked his pediatrician if we needed to get him into any speech classes and we were told that we didn’t, that he would grow out of his speech impediment.
So now, Trip has started pronouncing his “th” sound properly. He’s getting a little mixed up and changing a proper “f” to a “th.” And it makes me a little sad even though I knew he would eventually grow out of the speech impediment. My baby is growing up. Every jump in knowledge they’ve had has been a big jump, but for some strange reason, I thought the speech would gradually change and give me a bigger chance to adjust to his new speech.
Logan is fortunately hanging on to the one word he mispronounces. Logan’s speech is normally impeccable, but he calls his finger a “thinger.” We’ve discussed the proper spelling and pronunciation of “finger” at length. He acknowledges the spelling but refuses to call his finger a finger.