Re: Your 17months old (or about) and you say......
Dd is 22 months now, and putting words together. But at the end of June, at about 17 months, she said a grand total of one word I think: "daddy" or maybe it was still "dada" at that time. I'm still "nonny" and not "mommy" though, and dd also calls other adults that she is sees frequently "nonny" or "daddy". At around 17 months she started understanding when we spoke to her. Some time during the summer she went from saying nothing to speaking in sentences. She did qualify for early intervention, but dd hated the special educator they sent so we quit since she had caught up on her own. If she hadn't caught up, I would have pushed for a speech therapist but I don't know if we could have gotten one through early intervention.