I'm sitting on the couch listening to Shannon tuck in her babies and singing "twink, twink leetle star, how i wonder what you are, up above the stars twink twink little star"
I don't think you can really appreciate typical or normal development until you witnessed development that veers off course or stalls all together.
Seriously, looking back, how could I have not known when Lauren was 2 1/2 and had a vocuabulary of 20 words with no word combination, that there was someting wrong? I spent my entire working career evaluating children. How did I not know? I guess the answer is simple, I didn't want to know. I couldn't face it in my own child.
The more important questions is when am I going to get over it?