Wednesday, 7 August 2013

7-8 Month Check Up

Tomorrow we have Ted's 7-8 month Health Visitor check up. When I received a checklist through the post 2 weeks ago I was very keen to fill it out. I ran through the checklist quickly and ticked the things he could do and a sense of worry came over me when I reached tasks he was yet to learn. I found myself feeling anxious about his development and was comparing him to other children of similar ages and wondering why was he not doing those things yet. 

His gross motor skills to me are quite developed, he has been sitting up for months now and is rolling all over the place, he can reach for toys, feed himself big items of food, clap and run around in his walker but it was his fine motor skills and speech that concerned me. 

Sitting up strong

He at that stage was choosing to shout and scream if he wanted something, occasionally saying "mummmummmmaaa" and was yet to pick up tiny objects with his fingers. 

I shared my worries with Joe and my family and they all said the same thing, he will learn in his own time. 

The next day much to my amazement my little boy showed me how right they were. He started to say "Bababa" sucking in his bottom lip is now his new favourite thing. I also sat him down with some Rice Krispies and to my amazement he picked one up between his thumb and forefinger and popped it in his mouth! 

Eating chocolate buttons at Nana's

He has also started to bring his belly up off the floor so crawling shouldn't be far off and he can stand against the sofa for long periods of time. 

He can even send a text!

I am fascinated by how fast he learns new things and am so proud that he proved me wrong. I will never doubt his development again and am so excited to find out what he will learn next!



  1. Yes! I really dislike how when these check up come around your meant to tick off what your child can or cannot do. Like they are some sort of toy review! Babies will develop in their own time with the right amount of encouragement and phrase from their parents/siblings.

    And your little guy by the way? ADORA-BUBBLE!!! haha, and Ted is such a sweet name, suits him x

    1. I know! I was thinking that as I was going through. I now have to redo the whole thing because it has changed. Thank you he is a cutie *proud mummy* I love his name we always get comments on it xx

  2. What a little cutie! I know exactly how you feel, when my son had his 30 month check I had to fill in one of those forms and I found myself feeling like I wanted to lie on some of the questions because he couldn't do those things yet, it's so silly that a simple form can instantly make you feel like there's something wrong with your child. They all get there in the end and they're all so different so it's impossible to compare them :)

    Emma xx
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    1. I don't take Ted to the HV unless its a scheduled check up because I trust my instincts and unless I know theres something wrong I don't want to make him sit in a waiting room to then be conveyor belted through the HV office to be stripped off, weighed and sent on his way in tears.

      I love my unique little man :) x

  3. I hated the check up for M, and I hate the fact that I still compare him to other children, because they all do learn at their own pace.
    Enjoy this learning time and development! :) x

  4. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww he is such a cutie pie!!

    Its funny how all of a sudden they just start doing everything at once as if to say "Mum what are you worrying for?!" lol

    Sparkles & Stretchmarks

  5. I hate those lists. They make me mad. Evie was not doing some but did other stuff and I think each child learns and grows at different rates, they should simply see hes healthy and happy and leave it at that. They put far too much pressure on mothers to have all singing all dancing children. I love the fact he can send a text AMAZING :) x

  6. Aww bless! Caleb is now almost a year old and not crawling! I do sometimes worry but he is now starting to walk so he won't need to crawl!

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