This is my first time to your site, it seems very welcoming! My son is about 20 months and is still not talking. He is advanced in every other way, he is in the 95th percentile for his height, he walked very early, is extremely athletic, can throw a ball farther then some 3 year olds I've seen but the talking is just not coming as naturally. He has excellent receptive understanding. He understands everything that I tell him and follows directions excellently. He also points to everything he wants and takes me or his daddy's hand and pulls us to where he wants. He shows some interest in talking, he tries to sing along with his cartoon songs, we get a few oohs, he has tried to say things like banana and mommy and daddy and babbles all day long. The doctor has said that she feels that it is only a matter of time, so far he has shown all the appropriate signs of pre talking but just hasn't begun. But I constantly feel like time is ticking. Everyone even the doctor says that by 2 he should be talking and talking in 2 word sentences, if not then we have to discuss options. Every week that goes by I get more and more sad, anxious and down on myself. Because I'm scared of the 2nd year approaching. I promised myself that I was just going to continue working with him this summer and kind of let it be, and let him grow naturally but I guess easier said than done. And I feel so much like a failure because I had done everything that was suggested from a young age. I talk to him constantly, I give everything a name, I don't talk baby talk to him, etc. And I am a stay at home mom with him, so I would hope that I could teach him. And of course I'm at the age where many of my friends have children and they are constantly asking me what he's saying. They don't know my feelings because I hide them, but it hurts. My friend yesterday e-mailed me that her 8 month old is saying daddy and I just broke down. Now, I know intelligently I shouldn't feel this way, he is very physically healthy, very happy and is on his way. But I just feel so down.