Journaling reads: At 18 months old, you still haven't spoken a coherent word. But you have managed to communicate very well without them. When you put a book in my lap, it means you want me to read to you. When you flip the pages, it means you're bored. When you laugh and clap, it means you're happy. When you run to the changing table, you have a dirty diaper. When you put a blanket in your mouth, it's time to go to your crib. When you yell from your crib, it's time to get out. Hugs and cuddles mean "I love you," and that's all I need. You've survived this long without words, so why talk now?