My son does not walk. He does not talk, and he doesn’t clap his hands. I’m not embarrassed by these facts, but for some reason it has been hard for me to say all of this out loud prior to now.
He is 14.5 months old, and sometimes I wonder if I am doing enough for him. I rarely see babies that are leaps and bounds ahead of him, but I do see other babies walking, clapping or even giving the perfect high five. I hear some say words or at least hints of words, and Atticus does not. He said “dada” at 5 months, and hasn’t said much since. He sometimes utters “mummy” and “mama” and occasionally things like “no,” and “hey.” There is rarely rhyme or reason to his speech, and I don’t expect him to say sentences or big words, but I’m curious if he is too far behind the norm.
When he was an hour old, he propped himself up. At one month old he was rolling over, and at 4 months he was sitting up by himself. He started crawling ferociously at 8 months, and was standing with no problem. I figured he’d be full on walking by 10 months, but nope, here we are at 14.5 months and he will take a step or two, but nothing more.
I sometimes wonder if one of his bumps on the head as an early mover was to blame, or if he is just doing things at his own pace. He loves to discover things, and make things work. He knows how to let out the tub drain and turn on the water. He knows that if he fills his cup under the faucet, he can make a waterfall. He knows that the heart shape can’t fit into the star cutout, and that the square can fit into the square.
He is the happiest baby I know, and extremely mellow. Even when he is having a rough day, he will still light up the room with his smile. His smile is toothy and contagious.
I am proud of him for growing at his own pace, but I’m surprised he doesn’t do more for his age. I guess only time will tell, but I’m just glad he is happy and healthy.