It's interesting watching two tiny humans who share similar genes and a completely identical environment development in such different ways. Especially when those two tiny humans were preemies and everyone said to expect them to be about two months behind in everything. Personally, I don't think they are particularly delayed in their development. In fact, they seem pretty average to me - not leading the pack, but not really behind either. They even seemed to have hit some milestones earlier than some full term babies we know. Wait, that sounds braggy. I don't mean it that way. I'm just relieved that there don't seem to be any long term issues caused by me not being able to carry them for longer. Because guilt.
Riley has hit all the milestones first, with Paige usually following a few weeks behind. Once Riley rolled over, there was no stopping her. She rolled, wiggled, "swam", and army crawled her way across a room until she could finally do a proper crawl. Then she decided she needed to stand and in no time she was pulling herself up every chance she got. Paige was a little more relaxed. She rolled over and seemed pleased that she did it, but didn't rush to the next thing. She was content to play with whatever toys were within reach. One day she just started to scoot and crawl, but it still took something pretty interesting to get her to move across the room. She was content to stay where she was. She did seem eager to stand and once she did that she couldn't stop. A few weeks ago, they both started letting go of whatever they were holding onto for balance and testing out standing on their own and now they can get up from sitting to standing without using anything for support. They are gradually standing for longer and longer periods. I'm still so amazed by it. This is where the roles have started to reverse. Paige will cruise around the perimeter of their play area, holding onto the bars of the baby gates. Riley continues to crawl to get to the other side. The other day I caught Paige practicing her balancing skills while she thought no on was watching and she actually took a couple of steps. I think my jaw hit the floor. It sort of came out of nowhere. Now she can take a step on her own before falling, but if I hold her hands she will walk towards me. At this rate, she may very well walk into her birthday party next month. Riley, on the other hand, thinks crawling is a perfectly respectable way to get from point A to point B. It's curious. I was joking with SH that they are like the space race in the 1960's. Riley is Russia and keeps getting all the "firsts" and seemed to be winning the race (I know, I know it's not a competition). Paige was just biding her time and, like the US, is going for the moon.
|After weeks of trying, this is the best shot I can get of them standing. As soon as I get in front of them to take a picture, the get down and crawl towards me.|
|So simple yet so genius.|
|"gimme that burger"|
|looks like Paige wins this round|
|Everyone pile on mommy|