OK, the last two are my current issues with the 3 and 5 year olds, but I'm sure, if you are a parent, you know what I'm talking about.
That insidious fear that your baby isn't following some magical baby checklist and skipping straight down the path to toddlerhood.
Because there is no straight path. It's long and winding, and even does some loop-de-loops, which is very impressive for the first two years of life:)
Unless there are actual issues, when a baby starts to talk, or walk, or wave, or do cartwheels, have no bearing on the person they will be when they grow up. Not only no bearing on how smart they will be, but certainly no bearing on if they will be a kind person, generous to others, loving, motivated, confident, the whole host of qualities that we want for our children.
So right now I'm going to sit back and enjoy what my 17 month old CAN do, and relish the fact that as annoying as it is that she can't walk yet, that also means that she can't efficiently move toys from one room to another yet either:)
She can crawl, cruise, climb up and down stairs, walk while holding one or two hands, stand for 10 seconds, take 2-7 steps on her own.
(Sidenote- my older two started walking at 16 months and 15 months, so I'm sure #3 is just taking her time too)
She can also climb up onto our play table:)
Up, down, go, woof-woof, roar (lion sound), big sister"s name, big brother's name, mama, papa, abba, baba, ema, apple, pacha (milk), banana, agua, pop, wow
She can point to objects on a page when asked (various foods, animals, body parts)
Points to her own body parts when asked.
Snuggles a lot.
Gives open-mouthes "kisses"
Still naps twice a day, at 8am and noon for about 1-2 hours each.
Sleeps through the night from 6pm-6am.
Eats almost everything put in front of her.
Scribbles with crayons and tries to imitate her older siblings.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with my favorite third baby, think I'll keep her:)