6 Months—Is my baby ok?
6 Months. 6 Months! Wow, I can’t believe I’m going to have a 6 month old tomorrow. I was looking back at Bennett’s newborn pictures, and I barely recognize him. He’s grown so, so much and I love him more every day. But…I can’t help but worry that he’s not meeting all of his milestones.
The books (oh those flippin’ books) have very specific milestones that a 6 month old should have accomplished by now: Turns head freely – check, Interacts with people – check, Rolls over freely – well, On Back grasps foot in play – skrrrt.
Ok, my baby is a big boy. Like people stop in the grocery store and gasp “That’s the chubbiest baby I’ve ever seen! Can I please squeeze those legs!” Most of the time I take it as a compliment, but some of the time I’m almost offended. They look at me like I’m feeding him ice cream or something. No people, those chubby cheeks are 95% all natural homemade breast milk (5% rice cereal, avocado and sweet potato).
So because of his size, he has to work a little harder to lug himself over. I’m pretty sure he could roll over if he really wanted to, but nothing has sparked his interest enough quite yet. And putting his foot in his mouth? Pshh, yea right, it’s not physically possible.
I have a friend from college who had a baby the exact same day Bennett was born. Today she posted a video of her on Facebook. In the video she’s not only sitting up, she’s already pulling herself up. I spent the rest of the morning working with Bennett on rolling over and practiced sitting. He just looked at me, grinning, with that right hand securely locked in his mouth. Clearly, he’s not worried about his development.
So this is it, 6 months old and I’m already comparing him to other kids. Bad Mommy, Bad!