Thursday, June 2, 2011

Calvin can't do anything, and I love him anyway.

I've never been one to feel insecure when one of my children doesn't reach a milestone on time.  Calvin is my 6th baby and none of our kids have exactly been developmental prodigies.  I think our first five kids walked at 14, 16, 16, 12, and 12 months respectively.  I did take Twinkle Toes (my first one to walk at 16 months) to an orthopedic doctor to make sure she didn't have something wrong with her feet, but he said to just wait.  Then with Measle I figured she'd walk when she was ready and not before.  She did.  Prince was born with club foot and treated for it in Kazakhstan, but even so he walked "on time", right at a year, one month after coming home.  (One of the many benefits of escaping our gene pool.)  But honestly, I'm beginning to get a little concerned over Calvin.  When we saw the pediatric neurologist, his official diagnoses were "plagiocephaly", thus the helmet, and "developmental delays".  It's one thing to have little girls that walk late (although I have to add that they talked and potty trained early), but another to have your baby boy labeled "delayed" in black and white.  I hate that.

Calvin is the most wonderful baby in the world and I wouldn't change him for anything.  He's so good natured and always willing to give me a smile (except for when I'm holding the camera in front of my face.)  He goes with the flow and takes it all in stride.  He's not crawling.  He's not sitting up yet.  He's not even rolling over.  He hates being on his stomach (as in that's one of the only ways to make him cry), therefore he gets about 5 minutes per day of tummy time.  He makes noises occasionally (I think he saves his talking for church), but isn't exactly what I'd call verbal.  He is a pro at jumping.  Daddy had to rig our Johnny-jump-up since Calvin weighs so much, which brings me to his next talent, eating.  He's quite the nursing champion.  It really is his greatest talent. 

Calvin will be 8 months old in 9 days.  I guess he goes back to the doctor at 9 months.  I sure hope he's sitting up by then!  But you know what?  Even if he isn't, I'll be just as crazy about him.  (I may need to come up with a new bathing solution, though.  It isn't easy bathing a 21 + lb baby who can't sit up!)


  1. ((hugs)) to you! Calvin is just the way God made him to be! I will keep him in prayer.

  2. I agree! God never makes mistakes and he is a gift! ANd while I know dr's can be discouraging at times, he will develop in God's timing! He is our great physician! You just keep doing what you are doing and your little man will thrive!!!!!! You are an amazing momma and never forget that!!!!!!

  3. It is really hard when those cute little guys are developing that first year. It sounds like he interacts with you- and that is the important part. He probably doesn't roll or sit up yet because he's so big. My twins were so different. The younger one rolled and sat up and crawled earlier than the other one and walked right at 12 months with no help from me. He was and is a go getter. The older one was chubbier and shorter than his brother and did everything later. He army crawled forever and has just this past week learned to stand from a sitting position so he is now finally walking everywhere at 16 months. It's hard to face the unknown. Calvin will probably be just fine, but it's hard to wonder how it could be different than you expect. I always breathe a sigh of relief when we get past the first year and they are walking. I just feel so responsible to do everything I can to make their life the best it can be. Just keep enjoying him. He loves you and he won't be a baby forever. Eventually he will roll, sit, crawl and walk!

  4. Thanks for the encouragement! I know you all are right and Calvin is PERFECT, just the way he is!

    Thank you,


  5. I love that little Calvin! He is precious! My guys tend to be on the slow end of things too (as far as what the books and doctors say) but what. We know our kids are perfect, right?! :)
    Love you,

  6. How could you not love that precious face! Calvin makes me smile every time I look at him!

    I had a child who just sat around...literally. We decided she was content to sit and look pretty all day long and had no need to go anywhere. Another child had (and still has) speech delays. It's hard on mama to field questions and concerns, but somehow God gives us the grace to be...gracious.

    He's beautiful and you are an awesome mom!



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