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Darnsarfupnorf Sun 12-Jun-11 20:42:06

My 11 week old seems a lot older than the other babies around her age that I have met, I know they all develop at different rates but she seems REALLY different to the others so I wanted to check that its fairly normal before I go shouting my mouth off and boasting only to make myself look stupid wink

people have always said shes very alert, even from birth

from birth shes held her head up with no problems and looked around

she made and maintained eye contact for long periods of time from about 6 days

she has sat up with little support from 5 weeks

this is what really gets me- she stands up with VERY little support and has done it for longer and longer in the last 2 weeks or so

is this normal? I am a very naive first timer and have very little experience of babies, I weent to the childrens center for the first time last week and all the other babies (many are older than dd) just seem so tiny and weak and 'baby baby' IYKWIM?

Darnsarfupnorf Sun 12-Jun-11 20:43:41

BTW I dont think its just the way I see her, i know I must ee her through 'OMG my dds the most amazing baby ever!' glasses! a lot of people have mentioned it!

MavisEnderby Sun 12-Jun-11 20:43:43

Too young to say I think!!Congratulations on your lovely dd thoughsmile

2cats2many Sun 12-Jun-11 20:43:48

I think you should calm down. She's only 11 weeks.

NorthernGobshite Sun 12-Jun-11 20:52:26

I'm sure she's a genius hmm
Seriosly, babys are all different. Please don't turn into a terrible boasty parent. Its very unattractive.

Rainydaze Sun 12-Jun-11 20:54:16

It doesn't seem outside of the normal spectrum, I'm afraid. Glad she's doing well though!

conrsikl Sun 12-Jun-11 20:54:30

she sounds lovely but should she be standing up at such a young age? confused is her back strong enough I mean?

monkoray Sun 12-Jun-11 20:58:05

My DS was similar, he could hold his own head up from birth and could pull himself to standing at 11 weeks when other babies couldn't. Everyone said he would be a really early walker - He wasn't. One week after his first birthday which is pretty average. The rest of his development is also pretty average.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be excited, it is exciting seeing what your DC can do that other babies can't - just don't rub the other mums noses in it because their DCs will probably overtake yours in some things and then they will get their revenge! wink

PeppaPigandGeorge Sun 12-Jun-11 20:59:34

I hope you weren't too upset by seeing all the lovely tiny babies at the childrens' centre; newborn is a lovely stage and it really is a shame you have missed out by your child being so advanced.

conrsikl Sun 12-Jun-11 21:00:53

peppa that's not very nice hmm

Darnsarfupnorf Sun 12-Jun-11 21:06:50

haha northern dont worry I wont! I only really mention it on here for fear of sounding boasty!

thats what im thinking conrs, i mean shes still so young but actualy properly standing up confused i dont know wether i should be encouraging her or wether itll be damaging to her!

monk thats amazing! she was 11 weeks yesterday so who knows, by 12 weeks she could be pulling herself up and walking! shes been a little later in chatting though and wont hold things yet but shes only 11 weeks fgs im not worried yet!

thanks everyone else smile shes perfection in a nappy!

Darnsarfupnorf Sun 12-Jun-11 21:07:50

haha peppa i was a little but she gets much more attention, what with her being a genious an all!

conrsikl Sun 12-Jun-11 21:08:12

aw smile threads like this make me all broody...

Rainydaze Sun 12-Jun-11 21:09:37

No need for that, Peppa. As I said before, it's in the normal range. My DD was similar to the OP's baby - a very early developer (everyone commented on it; crawling while others weren't yet sitting unaided etc, etc), but within a few months the other DC were catching up and even over-taking. She's no great shakes now! wink

Enjoy your DD, just don't expect her to be more advanced than the others. I know you won't appreciate this yet, but you will soon.

pushmepullyou Sun 12-Jun-11 21:19:22

I think you are getting a bit of a hard time smile It is very exciting to watch your baby develop, particularly your first. I remember being captivated by my DD and her precocious wink raspberry blowing at about the same age. I think it is partly that baby development is so fascinating, almost miraculous, to watch up close.

It does sound like your DD is pretty strong for her age/stage. My DS is 13 weeks and just starting to weight bear etc, but certainly wasn't managing this a few weeks ago. Mind you, he is a little chunk and I'm amazed his legs can hold him grin

The thing to remember is that all babies develop at different rates (sorry, I know it's a cliche) and they do all catch up over the first couple of years or so. Even though she's a bit ahead now this doesn't mean you will still be able to tell a bit further down the line.

The trick is to enjoy her for who she is, including the things she is advanced at, without attaching too much importance to them (or indeed annoying your firends and aquaintances with them wink ). Over the next few months she will be learning to do more and more every week. From about 3 months onwards their obvious development really picks up and it's such and exciting time smile

pushmepullyou Sun 12-Jun-11 21:21:03

Sorry I was very slow (Peppa crisis at bedtime!) and cross posted with everyone! Don't worry about her standing. They are as strong as they are iyswim, so it's not going to do her any harm standing up. The soft bones thing is just an old wives tale smile

Darnsarfupnorf Sun 12-Jun-11 21:22:21

thanks rainy smile im making the most of her being an immobile genious! it goes to quick as it is and i want a bit more time before i have to hide things and put things out of little genious arms reach!

Darnsarfupnorf Sun 12-Jun-11 21:26:56

thanks push the soft bones things put my mind at rest a bit! shes still bow legged so i was a little worried about that and with her back as well but i suppose your right, she wouldnt be doing it if she wasnt ready to.

for now shes my little genious, not that im itching to tell the world! and im glad shes not a 'baby baby' shes much more interesting!

pushmepullyou Sun 12-Jun-11 21:47:04

I do know how you feel smile. My DS rolled over, grabbed DD's inflatable Hello Kitty toy (been to a country fair - it wasn't like that in my day!), and rolled back again today. I am screamingly proud as DD didn't roll for another couple of months, but staying quiet for fear of boasting wink

Darnsarfupnorf Sun 12-Jun-11 22:50:22

hahaha obviously a hello kitty fan!

we should make this threat a boasting thread! ill start...

dd rolled over for the first time today grin (it took a lot of shouting and spinning round on her part but it happene!)

she can sit and stand up

shes slept through since the day she was born

she has her bottles cold (not really anything to bost about but its so much easier than faffing about warming them up! she only does it because when she was born i didnt know you had to warm them up wink)

im absolutely positive she said hello yesterday grin

ill think of more, as this thread proves, she is a genious! grin

Rainydaze Mon 13-Jun-11 16:07:36

Learn to spell "Genius", please! wink

Darnsarfupnorf Mon 13-Jun-11 23:03:38

hahaha rainy i thought it didnt look quite right! it would apear that my daughters genius didnt come from me!

p.s hate say it but i spelt it wrong again in this post and had to correct it! blush

sharbie Mon 13-Jun-11 23:08:26

dd was same op and was really early to talk in sentances - is now 13 and bit above average that's all smile.much harder work with an active baby though.

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