Yesterday we took Little M for her 10-12 month development check with the health visitor. Fortunately hubby is on his Easter holidays so we could take her together. We received the appointment letter in this post around ten days ago, along with a little booklet of observations to complete in advance of the meeting. For the past few days, we’ve been paying extra close attention to how Little M moves, chatters and responds to things in order to complete it.
We weren’t concerned that Little M couldn’t do all of the things in the booklet as she only turned ten months less than two weeks ago. She’s crawling well, is an inquisitive little thing and loves playing independently and with other people. She chatters away to us using a range of sounds and is able to say, “Mama!” when she wants something!
So, we arrived at the doctor’s surgery fairly relaxed about what the health visitor was going to say. Except we ended up leaving more worried than when we got there! The health visitor didn’t ask any questions at all about how Little M gets around (if at all) before saying, “well I’m not too worried that she’s not walking yet, but I’ll give you a call at 12 months just to make sure, okay?”
We weren’t concerned at all that she’s not walking yet! She is crawling well and frequently sits up on her knees to have a nose at what’s on the coffee table/look in her toy box/rattle the safety gate like a caged animal… She’s even starting to try to pull herself up to standing, and can stand while holding onto my fingers. We didn’t think it was at all unusual that she’s not quite walking yet.
From speaking to other parents, it isn’t! So we were further surprised when the health visitor went on to say, “…and if she’s not walking by 18 months then we’ll refer her to the hospital, but she’s got some time.”
Huh? Why even say that?! Surely that’s a conversation for if she’s not walking at 12 months, or if we had some concern because she wasn’t already sitting/crawling/trying to stand? I just thought it was a really strange conversation to have, when we hadn’t raised any concerns whatsoever. And now of course it’s playing on my mind. I keep having to bat it out of my thoughts like a bluebottle.
Anyway, other than that, we had Little M weighed and measured. She’s tracking the curve between the 9th and 25th percentile for her weight, and on the 9th percentile for her length and head circumference. At least as she’s only 66cm we’ll get a good bit more use out of our car seat! We also chatted a little bit about Little M’s eating and sleeping, but that was about it. Oh and she reminded us that the one year immunisations are coming up soon. Boo! Not looking forward to those!