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Going backwards September 16, 2010

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Do you ever have those moments with toddlers when you feel their development is going backwards?  Of course you must have, it’s got to be normal.  Hasn’t it?

C has just started walking, which is great, but other things, which she did well before, seem to be deteriorating.  Her eating is one of them.  We did baby-led weaning with C from 6 months and it’s been brilliant, I can’t praise the concept enough.  C has always eaten well but in the last few weeks we’ve been having problems when she’s in the high chair. 

She’ll sit and eat fine for a while but then will decide she’s either bored, or has eaten enough and start throwing her food on the floor, or just crying in her chair.  It’s not the upset type of crying, more the tantrum type which worries me as she’s far too young to start having tantrums!

Another thing I’ve noticed in the past 2 weeks is when I leave her with my parents to go to work.  Apart from when I first started back at work when C was 9 months old and in the middle of a clingy stage, she’s always been fine when I leave; giving me a kiss and waving me bye.  For the past fortnight she’s cried when I’ve passed her to my mum so I can leave.  It doesn’t last long – she’s usually ok again before I’ve even got off their drive, but why is she starting to do this?

Is it due to the fact she’s learning to walk and other things are taking a back seat, or is it just a ‘phase’, or something more complex?


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!