On Tuesday Fable will be seventeen-months old and, most likely, not yet walking on foot. She knows how to walk. She walks a few steps on her own, every day, but for the most part? She walks on her knees.
And unless Fable gets up and walks sometime next week? Archer will be the earlier of our two children, first walking at seventeen-months.
Which, until now, I thought was SOOOOOOO LATE OMG. And now I’m realizing that actually? It’s not that late. In fact, it clocks in at “average” in our family.
I figured Fable would be an early bloomer because Archer was so late. That’s how it was with my brother and me. I peaked early, talking (claims my mother) fluently by my first birthday. Meanwhile, my brother struggled with his speech for years only to outrun me in every way by his third birthday. Case in point: dude recently wrote this.
Like I said, I peaked early.
Archer was much like my brother. It took him until his third birthday to find his words and come into his own. But now? The child is mind-blowingly genius-ish. I know I’m his mother and it’s my job to think so but oh my, is his mind ever a treasure-map to the universe’s greatest secrets. Every day with him feels like a gift from the gods of inspiration.
But! I am very much in the know when it comes to the pressure of parenthood, specifically milestone markers. Milestone markers that mean EVERYTHING even though we kinda sorta have no idea what they’re measured against.
After googling for answers to all questions Mirena IUD, I realized the best way to find genuine, truthful information c/o people I respect, was to open a dialogue, here, where we could all share/discuss/inform/lean on one another and YOU GUYS? Hooked it UP, MAN. You helped me and each other and strangers on google-quest for answers.
So I thought now would be a great opportunity to do the same. Because too many times I hear from people worried about their kids because they’re not hitting the “right marks” at the “right times,” and as a parent who used to ALSO worry about these things, I thought a share-forum might be in order.
Because, much like with my IUD post, I’m starting to realize the
doctors don’t tell us the WHOLE story and I think it might be helpful
for those of you stressing about your “late bloomer” to realize that
maybe your “late bloomer” is right on schedule.
The spread is vast when it comes to averages and “what is normal” in terms of milestones. I know you guys can help me showcase that.
Here, I’ll go first:
Crawled @ 13 months
Walked @ 17 months
Talked in sentences @ 3+
Crawled @ 10 months
Walked @ TBD
Talked in sentences @ TBD* (has a handful of words at seventeen-months. Ten maybe?)
I know I’m not alone when I say, I’d LOVE to hear from you…