It brings me great satisfaction to look at my baby's health booklet and be able to check all the boxes of what she's expected to be able to do at specific months. She may not realize it, but it feels as if she's passing her life's very first tests.
Rolling over? Check.
Laughs without being tickled? Check.
Pincer grasp? Check.
Point out animals when I name them? Check.
Makes meaningful sound like "mama" and "dada"? Check.
Thankfully for her, she's not stressed at all and she's passing these tests with flying colors! Her mummy, on the other hand, seems awfully worried about whether she's average, above average, or below average. But does it really matter that all these boxes are promptly ticked? Yes, these are milestones that the doctors will look out for in assessing the child. But experiencing some delays in achieving some of them does not necessarily mean there is something wrong with the child either. Some babies just need a little more time than others.
Sometimes we need to take a step back and simply let our baby develop at their own pace. We can't rush them to roll over, we can't rush them to take their first steps, and we can't force them to take solids if they refuse. We can only encourage them, support them, and keep cheering them on. Our baby will naturally blossom under our loving nurture.
There is no doubt that we ought to celebrate every little milestone achieved because it's really not easy for our baby to master so many new skills in their first year! It's amazing how they develop new skills seemingly overnight, and how much they have achieved by their first birthday, based on observation, exploration, trial and error, and a great deal of persistence!
May we continue to be our child's unwavering pillar support in their life -- someone whom they can always trust and seek counsel from, who doesn't judge their choices, who never fails to cheer them on and give them the utmost support they deserve. @mumpreneur264
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. – Proverbs 3:27
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