Nathan is almost 2 1/2. He says some words, but not many. He talks, but not coherently. It is like listening to someone from another country. Even some of the words he used to say, he doesn't anymore, and we have no idea why. We brought him in today, and dr said we have every right to be concerned because he is below average with words he knows how to say. Dr. checked his ears, and saw one had infection, which baffled me & Tim because Nathan did not have any of his usual symptoms of fever and inability to sleep more than 2-3 hours at a time. But dr still wants to get his hearing checked. Tim and I are torn with Nathan possibly having a hearing problem, because he follows simple directions, some even a little more than simple. He knows what things are, because I will ask or say stuff like, "where's the bird?", "go get your shoes", "where's your eyes/nose/mouth/ears?" and he understands completely and gets it right every time. I don't have to talk very loud at all. Sometimes it takes a few tries (2-3) to get his attention when he's playing and I say his name, but I figure its because he's only 2. He got a puzzle for Christmas, which has pictures of animals on both the pieces and the spaces they fit into, and the child is supposed to match the pictures up and how the shapes fit into the spaces. I had forgotten about the puzzle, so he had never seen it before. I sat with him, and hardly had to show him where the pieces went, and he basically figured it out nearly on his own in about 20 minutes. I did help him a little at first with how the pieces fit in because they were irregular. I even ask him to repeat words, even just colors and animals, simple stuff. It's almost like he doesn't want to say it. Dr. said he may hear, but not very well, so what he is saying(or trying to), is what he hears from those around him. I am just praying that this IS the problem, and not something else. I basically feel at a loss because if it isn't his hearing, what if he's learning disabled? Not that I would love him any less, it just makes me feel sad to think that my baby boy won't have a normal school life or a normal life period. I have been in tears half the night, because of this. I am scared for him. I have always just thought that since he is very active, that makes up for his verbal skills, because he was walking at about 10.5 months. He is always figuring stuff out (without help), like pushing a chair to the counter to get to stuff he wants. He loves to look at things closely, even take them apart if he can. We read to him though he only sits through 2-3 pages at a time. He has the leap frog touch pad, and we play that with the shapes/colors. He does ok with it, though I think he's more interested in the musical sounds than what the voice is asking him to do because he doesn't seem to know what it is asking. I almost feel like he's half to almost a year behind where he should be in some things. I haven't even bothered to start potty training yet because he can't even tell me in words (he whines and points) that he wants juice or a banana or whatever. He doesn't turn 3 until august, so I know I have plenty of time for potty training. Plus with the new baby coming, there will be too many changes going on for him to fully accept this new concept. When he whines and points to what he wants, I try to make him say what the item is, but he seems to get more upset and frustrated, and it pains me to see him that way. I am just scared because I don't know what is the matter with my baby boy. Whatever it is, I can deal with it and accept it when it comes. The hearing test won't be for a few weeks because dr. wants the ear infection to clear up first and then heal, as he saw some pus in there. This is gonna be such torture. Anyway, if you got this far, thanks for reading. I just needed to get this off my chest.