Monday, November 28, 2011

Crawling and Other Milestones

Don't let me fool you.  As much as I know that Kennedy will do things on her own time, when she's ready, I always worry that I'm not doing enough to help her.  I've always stood firm in that I want a happy medium between obsessing over therapies and letting her have a "normal life."  For the most part, I feel like we have that.  But there's always a little part of me that feels guilty when I leave her to play on the floor while I do laundry or dishes.  Everyone told me when we got her diagnosis to throw the milestone charts out the window because none of them matter and "our kids" aren't held to those expectations.  Yet I still look at the charts and emails, and feel like I'm under even more pressure to help her achieve those things.  I know not to compare her to other kids her age, but it's hard when all of her friends are walking and crawling.  Everyone always asks me, "Is she walking yet?"  When I say no, then they ask if she's crawling.  It gets frustrating having to answer, "no" all the time.  Why does the grocery store cashier REALLY care if my kid is walking?  Sometimes I feel the need to explain why she's not doing those things yet, but then I think, why is it any of their business? 

Well, as Kennedy usually does, she's figuring out how to move, and is well on her way to being mobile I think.  Of course, for right now, it's only backwards.  But I'll take what I can get.  I even got a little of it on video.  Of course, every time I recorded her, she would stop. 

We've also been hearing lots of "dadadada" around here for the past few weeks.  Every now and then I'd get an occasional mama.  Things seem to have changed today.  Not only am I hearing a lot of "mama" but she's already mastered "mom."  Of course, that said, I don't think she knows to associate it with me.  And I'm sure she'll likely call my husband mom too.  But I'm really excited that she's starting to pick up on more words and sounds.  We'll keep working on the association part.  And I'll be sure to work on getting that on video.


  1. Very impressive. And really, Jennifer, Kennedy is only 9 months old. So for her to be walking is fairly ridiculous and if she's learning to crawl this young that's just incredible. She really is hitting milestones pretty early. But I know how it feels to wonder if you're doing enough.

  2. Sounds like a typical 9 month old to me! Don't you love hearing "mama"?

  3. Yay to moving backwards! I was told that is a good sign. Hailey is getting frustrated when she gets stuck under everything! You are doing a fantastic job with Kennedy. I had a waitress the other day go on and on how her daughter sat herself up by herself at 6 months and was crawling at 8 months. I wanted to yell at her but I just smiled! My oldest son didn't potty train until he was 3 1/2 (even though I started working with him DAILY at 2. My youngest son was potty trained shortly after he turned 2. I think we working with him for about a week and half. She will do stuff on her own time. You are giving her the tools she needs.

    Yay to saying "mama"! I only hear it when Hailey is whining!