When Ethan was born I avoided reading the baby books that told you all about milestones and when your baby should be doing this or that. I felt that I had enough to worry about with becoming a new mum and knowing that I would have to return to work after my maternity leave and not knowing in what capacity, I wanted to enjoy my time with Ethan and not be stressing about milestones or putting pressure on him or myself.
I wanted to believe that all children develop at their own rate and do things in their own time. It may take some a little longer than others, but in the end they all get there. Little did I know that this mindset was the perfect place to be for Ethan’s developmental journey.
There were so many things I wanted to share with you for my first post linked to Small Steps Amazing Achievements but I thought writing about Ethan learning to sit up would be perfect as it is one of those BIG milestones that everyone asks about.
As with everything Ethan likes to take his time and whilst all the other babies at the baby group were learning to sit up unsupported, Ethan was quite happy laying on his front playing with his toys.
Ethan was getting very close to his first birthday and he still wasn’t sitting up on his own, unsupported. If I said I wasn’t concerned about this I would be lying, but Ethan had passed his one year check, which had taken place a few months before his first birthday. I had also mentioned my concerns to our doctor whilst there for other reasons, and I was given the impression I was being a silly first time mum and worrying over something not that important. How wrong was my previous doctor and the health visitors, if only they knew what we had gone through this past year!
In the hope that it would help him, we purchased Ethan a Bumbo, but he didn’t get on well with it so we didn’t use it for long.
Then two weeks before Ethan’s first birthday, whilst I was back at work and Nanny was looking after him, Ethan started to show Nanny his yoga moves.
This was something he had never done before but he clearly enjoyed himself.
The suddenly, just two days later, Ethan was sitting up on his own.
I couldn’t believe it, something that felt like we had been waiting months for had finally happened. I even think Ethan was a little shocked to find himself sitting upright, I remember him looking around the room as if to say ‘How did I end up here!’ He wasn’t there for long but thankfully the camera was to hand and I was able to capture his Amazing Achievement.
By the following weekend Ethan had perfected sitting up, I was so proud of him.
It took a while, but he got there in the end!