Any one else have large kiddos? How was there physical development in comparison the

Chelsea - posted on 05/28/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 17 month old son who is 37" tall and fluctuates between 37-40 lbs. He's been around 35 lbs since are oun 10 months. He was 11 lbs 10 oz and 23.5" long at birth and was born at 37 weeks (yes, due date was accurate).
Anyway, he's always been "ahead" when it comes to physical milestones. He could lift his head, pretty much from day 1. He took his first steps at 9 months. He can catch a football about 50% of the time. So he's doing well when it comes to motor skills. I'm concerned with "mental" (cognitve?) delays. He cannot speak. He can babble, but won't actually say any words. He runs around screaming "UHHH UHHH UHHH" when he gets excited. He's been getting very frustrated with me because he's unable to express what he wants. We do sign language and speak while we sign, but he doesn't care to do it.
Advice? Is this "normal"?

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Chet - posted on 07/22/2014

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Real children rarely develop exactly according to the schedule. Those developmental timelines are the result of averaging thousands of children together. The average that comes out isn't natural.

Real children develop in bursts and plateaus. They may focus on gross motor for awhile, and not have significant gains in language, or vice versa. The same with growth too. Kids tend to cycle between bulking up a little, and then growing taller - even though the charts show a smooth curve.

To give you an example, if you look at detailed charts for language development they will say things like "knows three colours at 24 months" and then "knows six colors at 36 months". But more typically, a child will learn colors in a cluster... not in a linear way where they know one new colour every couple months.

Boys do tend to develop language skills later. As long as he understands what you say, is communicating using gestures and actions, or is clearly showing a desire to communicate, I wouldn't worry.

Your brain is working pretty well if you can catch a football as often as not at 17 months!

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Chelsea - posted on 07/22/2014

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Thanks, Chet! My son is now 19 months and we're still struggling. He seems to be getting increasingly frustrated (by his behavior), and typically doesn't respond to us. We have to get in front of his face to get his attention. He has severe allergies, so I'm beginning to wonder if fluid in his ears is not only causing him pain, but impairing his hearing.
Thanks again!

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