Ellie has developed so much recently, I feel like since Christmas I have a full on toddler.
I’ve always been concerned about her speech, knowing that by 14 months babies should say mama/Dada to the right person and can say a few two syllable words but Ellie still doesn’t recognise which one is mama and says it constantly. I always answer her but half the time she is just making noise. In regards to the two syllable words, well all she really says is “nana” (banana). Her most frequent words are “Go, go, go”, whenever the Go Betters comes on TV and “goal” whenever hubby has FIFA on the PlayStation. I always said I wouldn’t have a child glued to the TV but she clearly enjoys certain things and is always playing while its on so I don’t see the harm. #cbeebiesparenting happens quite a lot on those early mornings.
Ellie has hit a huge milestone this week and has started taking proper steps. She has been cruising around furniture since August at 9 months and is a confident crawler. She climbs the stairs and gets down them without falling and will walk around while holding our hands and because of this I was convinced we’d have a walker before she was 1. Not a chance! I’ve come to the conclusion she is too lazy and knows crawling is the quickest way to get to where she wants or what she wants.
However this week she has grown in confidence and has taken at most 4 steps. We’ve been practising more since I’ve noticed her standing by herself for longer periods of time. I’ve never wanted to push her so have let her go at her own pace and Im so glad I did. She is so proud of herself and immediately claps when she has walked. I think as a mum you worry that your child won’t develop at the right stages and for me, knowing Jason had a genetic form of DS makes me wonder whether Ellie carries any of the same developmental traits as a baby with DS does. I know I’m probably worrying for nothing though and I know she is doing what she should at her pace.
I guess as she is nearly 15 months and I’m still waiting for her 12 month health review I am worried about what they will say when we finally go in Feb.