Part of the trouble with communication issues is frustration. Frustration for you, frustration for the kid. Every parent with a child learning to talk undoubtedly goes through this, but with a kid who’s delayed in speech but not cognitively (as appears to be the case with Bean; assessments are still ongoing), the problem gets magnified as the child’s wants become more sophisticated while their speech lags behind.
Case in point: here’s a discussion I had last night with Ladyface.
Bean: I want pretty boats.
Me: You want pretty boats? What do you mean?
Bean: Boats. I want to see boats, please.
Me: Boats in the bath?
Me: What boats?
Bean: I want the seagulls. The dolphins.
Me: Do you want to watch Octonauts?
Bean: NO! I want the fishies! He is singing. He is swimming. Please!!
Me: Who is swimming?
Bean: CLICKETY CRAB! PLEASE!
Me: Oh, you want to watch The Little Mermaid.
Bean: (panting) Leeta Mermaid. Please.
I really hope we can get to a point where not every discussion goes like this one.