Henry had his one-year check-up this morning. I was a little worried he was going to get a Bad Baby sticker: he still doesn't pull to standing or even TRY to pull to standing, and he's only just starting to get onto his hands and knees (he army crawls).
I don't know why I worry, since ALL my kids have been like this, and in fact Henry is earlier than some of the others: Rob didn't crawl until a year old, and Elizabeth didn't pull to standing until 14 months. And sure enough, the pediatrician says Henry is well within normal range.
I actually DON'T worry much about their development; what I worry about is OTHER PEOPLE worrying. "I'll bet he's walking all over the place now!" they say. And then when I say, "Oh....uh, no, he's just crawling," they get a funny expression and darty eyes, like, "OOoooo, dear, that's not good. Should one of us...tell her so?"
Have you noticed this: People talk about the milestones their babies reach early, but they're a lot quieter about the ones they reach "well within normal range"---also known as "late." A baby who walked at 10 months? Everyone including the deli clerk has heard ALLLLL about it. The babies who walk at 17 months are just as normal, but we don't need to bore the deli clerk with all the little details.
This greatly affects people's perceived statistics: if you hear a lot about babies walking at 10 months, 11 months, 12 months, you might even think it's SCARY and ALARMING and NEUROLOGICALLY SIGNIFICANT if a baby isn't walking at 13 months. And yet it isn't: none of my kids have walked before 14 months, and one didn't walk until 17 months, and all of them have been still been within normal range for those things. And this is why I am telling you about it (you over there---quit yawning!): to improve the perceived statistics.
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