One of the surprising things about becoming a mom was finding out about all the competition out there. Spoken and silent. I didn’t think any of that stuff really mattered, and I never thought I would be so bothered by such a simple comment: “She’s a year old and she isn’t walking yet?” Defensive tactics – activate! I would hurry to explain that our doctor says it’s totally normal to not be walking yet, and then try and say something funny. Maybe something referencing her diva-like qualities and demands to be carried. Even if you think you’re above it, it’s a mom-eat-mom world out there and your kid has to be on top! It’s hard not to take things like this personally. I had someone tell me that they just didn’t give their baby a choice – no crawling allowed. Okaaaay….not sure how that works, but thanks for making me feel like a bad parent!
The walking thing is no longer an issue. Ella is toddling around now with the best of them. She is pretty small for her age though. I’ve accepted the fact that there was only a 50% chance that she would be at least average height, but Tom is throwing around short-jokes left and right. Of course, when I asked her doctor about it, she said that Ella was just fine and there was nothing to worry about. In fact, she said that Ella is very advanced in her language skills and was quite impressed that she knew upwards of 30 words (not including sign language), instead of the standard 2-5 that is normal for her age.
So to all you moms with kids who walked at 3 months and are already 4 feet tall – can your kid do THIS?
(A small sampling – she won’t stay still for more than a few words at a time.)