My son is what you'd call "a late bloomer." I prefer the word content, however. Brent was content to sit on the floor and soak up his surroundings. He was content to be in one place and never move. He was content to play with whatever toys were within arms reach, never stretching out of his physical comfort zone to get his chubby little baby hands on even the most tempting objects. As a first time parent, I thought this was par for the course. "He'll move when he's ready," I'd say to myself. As the months drew on, however, he showed very minimal progress. I started scrutinizing over the capabilities of other babies in his Gymboree class. I knew it wasn't fair to compare him to others. My background in education had taught me that each child develops at his/her own pace. It wasn't until our pediatrician recommended Early Intervention that I knew my suspicions had been correct: he was developmentally behind. One evening, shortly after our Early Intervention services had begun, we attended an Open Gym. I had persistently encouraged Brent to crawl during Open Gym in the past, but he was always more interested in sitting and watching the other kids play. Well, not today! With a smile on his face, Brent scooted his little baby body right through a tunnel. He began crawling around on the floor as if he'd been doing it for months! As I type this, tears are forming just reliving the combination of utter joy and relief that I felt in that moment. I am so proud of my son! He amazes me every single day. No mother ever wants their child to struggle. If I could've crawled for him I would have. I see now though, that he needed to reach this milestone in his own time. As I help my baby pull himself up onto the couch so we can watch the miraculous signs of spring dance outside of our big bay window, I can only smile. Spring has finally blossomed...and so has he.
Class Type: Play & Learn 3 (10-16 months)
City: Point Pleasant
State: New Jersey