Let me start by saying Tera is doing great. She's been walking for almost four months now, she does stairs pretty well, she's developing quite the personality (if not a tad mischievous), she seems to have a reasonable understanding of what we say to her, she's actually growing a little more regularly, and except for a few bouts of wheezing, she's relatively healthy for right now. But still no words.
Most of the ones I read tonight were from parents whose kids are also struggling with speech, but almost every one stated that though delayed, their kids were doing and saying things that Tera isn't. Some of them are around her age and some of them are younger.
Tera currently has about 20 signs I would say and we were pretty impressed by this. But one mom posted that her 22 month old has almost 150 signs! I don't even know that many to teach her yet! Some parents said that their kids aren't saying any words other than "mama" and "dada" and I feel like I would jump up and down with joy if I could hear that. I know that many of those kids may not have started walking at 19 months, but it's still very difficult for me to read.
Every time I get a report from one of her therapists, it includes how well Tera is doing. She is definitely more motor-driven than language-driven and I know that oftentimes kids focus on one area at a time. But I would't be heartbroken if she sat down for a few nights to give those legs a rest, and instead looked me in the eye and said "I love you too mommy".