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What is ‘normal’? May 2, 2010

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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!