You know when people tell you NOT to compare babies and you tell yourself you wont.... BUT YOU DO!!... If i did, I should be really worried for various reasons.
This is a photo of my son at my daughters age now.. He was almost 9 mos old.. he was going down slides on his own at the park and i was catching him at the bottom, he was crawling (at 7 mos), had 4 teeth (by 7 mos), was signing for milk (at 8 mos), , pulling himself to standing (by 8 mos), saying MaMa and DaDa... CRAZY!!... then theres my daughter.. WAY WAY behind in one way.. but could eat my son under the table!!! (even now she eats more or the same as him.. Hes 2.5 i remind u.. shes 9 mos old)
I did a lot more i find with my son. I did signing and play groups. As much as i want to do all those things with my daughter i find myself overwhelmed with finding a balance. My son is high energy and though my DIVA daughter is pretty low key, When she is in a mood.. LOOK OUT!! Playdates are our out when my son is a daycare and its our one on one time together. i cherish it.. I use to do nighly massages with my son.. and i could, there was only one baby needing a bedtime. i find myself missing doing that with my daughter even though i want to.
The other day i pulled out his baby calendar because i was curious when i dropped his 3rd nap... it was at 8 mos... my daughter is almost 9 mos and we have just dropped it (see next blog). Then i started looking through it more.. WOW.. thank gosh i didnt do that sooner... I couldn't believe what he was doing in comparison. My daughter can sit up.. my son never sat.. he crawled, thats it. My DD is almost 9 mos old. No teeth, no crawling barely babbling, just screaming, no pulling herself up and still taking 3 naps a day. At first i was worried then i realized... FANTASTIC.. she gets to stay a baby even longer then he did. Then in one week.. BAM!! dropped a nap.. started to crawl.. got 2 teeth, and pulling herself to her knees... COME ON!.. i thought too soon. She read my mind!!!!
I watch both of my kids daily and they are amazing. i totally can understand that its hard to see another baby eating, sleeping, walking, talking, rolling, etc faster then your own baby... but just as we do thing at our own pace so do they.. and lets face it.. dont we want them to stay little as long as possible.. im dreading my return to work and having to leave them more often. they are my world. I'll take every slow moment as it comes... because they are happening way too fast.. my calendar got flooded with milestones in one week... so did my face.... full of tears!! My babies are growing up.... at their own pace and with our guidance...
AND THEY ARE AMAZING!!!
Please share things you compared about your kids, or if you compared them to other kids and what you felt.
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