Hi everyone, I have a 22 months old son who I had absolutely no concerns about until my husband asked - should he be talking yet - and I realised that he hasn't actually said his first word yet. His development otherwise seems on track and our PHN was not concerned saying his eye contact is great and his play is age appropriate. We've had a tough winter with back to back colds and flu infections so I'm wondering if he has fluid in his ears? Our GP couldn't see inside his ears as there is a lot of wax in them, could this be part of the problem too? We are awaiting an ENT appointment in a few weeks and our PHN put us on a speech therapy waiting list at my request. He is a friendly social little boy who loves cuddles, dances to music and seeks eye contact when he wants attention. He plays well with other kids at playgroup but will walk away and play on his own after awhile. He plays peekaboo and knows when to make the right gestures when we are singing his favourite songs. He loves building blocks and plays puzzles and his attention generally is great. He doesn't point to anything when asked but he does have the pointing gesture, e.g. when he is popping bubbles or pressing the door bell button - he'll use his index finger to do that. He babbles mama dada baba tata - but not in context. He is a very fussy eater. He doesn't always respond to his name. He still doesn't sleep through the night. He is my youngest and his older sister (18 months older) can be quite jealous and overpowering and she talks for him quite a bit. He is a happy calm affectionate little boy but I'm such a worrier that I'm losing sleep over this. I have a lot of guilt and blame myself for not spotting his developmental delays earlier. Any advice/support would be much appreciated!