When she wasn't crawling, I was not concerned. I knew it would come eventually and life was fairly easy when I could leave her in a room to play while I made dinner or helped one of the other kids. There was never a concern that she would crawl off and be near the stairs or get into somethings that she shouldn't.
When she wasn't walking, I was not concerned. She was taking a few steps but for a long time had no desire to walk or even cruise around the furniture. The fact that she wasn't walking kept her my baby for a bit longer. Since she is most likely our last baby, I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't walking and still depended on her mama. I knew when she started walking their would be a whole new list of challenges and a fight for independence.
When she wasn't talking, I will admit I was a bit concerned. I was excited for this stage, I love watching kids develop their language. Since her sister and brother were early talkers, I wasn't sure my expectations should be at this stage. At her 15 month check up I asked the doctor about it. Our doctor assured me that she was within the normal range for vocabulary. (I reminded myself to stop comparing her to her siblings!) I know her language will develop, like all her other skills but there are many days when I wish she could/would be able to express herself with words instead of frustrated shrieks and cries.
There will be days when she surprises me with a new word. I am not sure how words like duck make it from brain to mouth yet eat, drink, up, or help - words that are used in her daily life- escape her vocabulary.
This week she has gained a new word that she is practicing throughout her day. Her new word is NO! It seems to be a favorite as she says it with a smile and a shake of her little head. Oh how I have been waiting for her words to come, longing to watch her vocabulary develop, but this is one word I could have waited a little longer to hear.