Ingrid is now 14 months old. She’s happy as ever. She’s getting into everything. She loves to play and sing and clap. She even has several words she’s saying regularly like, “mama,” “dada,” “cat,” “oh no,” and “I you” (I love you). But you know what she’s not doing? Walking.
My first daughter took her first steps right around 12 months, but wasn’t officially walking until about 13 months. I’ve gotten the comments. The “I can’t believe she’s not walking yet!” and the “have you asked the doctor about it?” I have friends whose babies walked at 9 months and who are now climbing rock walls (kid you not!) as my little Ingrid hurriedly crawls across the room.
Sometimes, the comments bother me. Sure, I’m ready for her to walk. I’d love to not have to carry her every time we’re in the garden. I’d love to let her walk at the grocery store instead of wearing her in the baby carrier. I’d love for her to be able to explore by the creek with her sister. But we’re not there yet. And that’s okay.
It’s hard not to play the comparison game, between my own kids and with others. What matters is that I give her the encouragement and patience she needs. Developmentally, she’s amazing. She’s crawling like crazy. She has awesome fine motor skills. She’s beginning to talk. The doctor isn’t worried at all. She will walk when she’s good and ready and that’s okay with me.
What about you? Has your little one been a little tardy to certain milestones? How have you given them your support?