You can be the most talkative person in my life on a given day, but over the last few weeks you’ve become a bit tongue-tied.
You struggle to get out words that begin with “wh,” the start of your many questions. You’re often able to get the sentence going after 4-8 stutters on the first word. It’s too early to tell if you are developing a lasting stutter, but there’s certainly a “vocabulary burst” where your mouth seems to get stuck behind your thoughts since you are learning so many new words and building your vocabulary. Your buddy Bridger had a similar challenge.
You’ve been a good sport but must be frustrated at times. Even if it takes you a little longer to get your words out, I’m still excited about what you have to say next.
Your Mom relayed a story that at preschool you tried to tell her the name of your new friend, Grant. But you couldn’t get the words out and gave up. “I can’t say it,” you finally stated, confused.
I felt the same way your Mom looked when she told me about the occurrence. It’s a little heart-breaking to see you go through this phase. I can relate. I had my own talking-out-loud issue that didn’t show up until high school.
And then there will be times when something is simply too over-stimulating and exciting that you can’t get a word out. That happens to everyone. You experienced this when your Mom and Aunt Courtney surprised you with a “Disney on Ice” date a couple weeks ago. There were too many princesses and too much ice skating for any young mind to process that kind of life-altering event. If you weren’t hooked on princesses, ice skating and ballet, you sure as hell are now. We’re doing a lot of ballet dancing around the house.
Of course, you can’t dance without commanding my every dance move, too. There’s no hesitation in your marching, ahem, tip-toeing orders. Funny how that works.
Love always, Dad