Amanda - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hello! I am new to this group and have a question. I have a daughter named Emma, born in September of 2007, who was 8 weeks early after being put on hosiptal bedrest to stop contractions and labor 4 weeks prior to her early delivery. We stayed in the NICU for 3 weeks with no oxygen or anything like that and I did breastfeed her while there and then at home. So far we are doing great. I am wondering when I should start to worry about her not talking yet. She says a few words like uh-oh and grandpa, and she will say up, mama and dada occasionally. I am teaching her sign and she is catching on to that very quickly but she wont say anything else she just grunts and points. Being a special education teacher I should know the growth and development stages but they dont teach you much about premies in college classes. Anyone who has a talker have any advice. I am teaching her sign because it is proven to help babies speak earlier and have a better understanding of language and because i think it is beautiful and very handy especially in my field on occasions but i want her to talk too. Any thoughts. Are ther any books out there that give somewhat of a what to expect when you have a preemie???