What is ‘normal’? May 2, 2010Posted by Admin in Blog.
Tags: crawling, development, health visitor
C is 10 months old. She’s a wonderful, happy 10 month old but is showing no signs of crawling at all. This shouldn’t bother me, I know all children are different and in a few months I’ll probably be wishing she was happy to just sit and play, as she is now, but it’s beginning to, just a little.
On Thursday, she had her 10 month review by the health visitor. Everything was fine apart from C’s lack of mobility. The health visitor was ‘a little concerned’ as C isn’t pulling herself up on furniture and her little chart said that she should be.
I mentioned this on Twitter on Thursday night and had some very reassuring responses from people which made me feel a lot better.
C is doing some bum shuffling. Its slow going but its movement and she gets where she wants to be… eventually! I always imagined that the pulling herself up would come when she was moving and able to get to the sofa, table etc but as shes not properly doing that yet I wasn’t expecting any pulling up either.
I’m a little annoyed at the health visitor really. I thought we were doing fine, obviously I knew C was a little late with the crawling but I didn’t think of it as a ‘concern’, just one of those things. Now she has been and put that doubt in my head, I feel really under pressure to get C moving in the next 2 months before she comes back to check on things, and I know thats silly as C will do things in her own time. I do try and encourage her to crawl but I can’t force her to do it if she’s not ready can I?
I think I’m also annoyed with myself. Despite never having much to do with babies before C was born, I think M and myself are doing ok at this parenting business. We do things that we feel are right, not just because a health visitor told us to, or we read it in a book. So, I’m annoyed at how much this has bothered me, when I know in my head she’s fine.
I’m sure in 6 months time I’ll re-read this post and wonder what all the fuss was about. C will be walking and into everything and I’ll miss the time she just sat still on the floor and played with her toys!