Madman Situation20 Mar 2001
Instead of quoting random songs in my page titles, I think I quote the same song for a few days, at least until I get tired of it. Americans probably won't recognize it, since the Sugababes haven't arrived there yet.
As new parents, you can find all sorts of timetables and milestones your child should be reaching, and you might even take some of them seriously. Christopher is now 15 months old, an age at which 90% of children can walk. He's in the other 10%. He's almost there, but other than a breathless half-step from the couch to the coffee table, he's not walking. He's big for his age, and his coordination needs to catch up to his size, so we're not at all worried.
(Al gives a more informed explanation: "Bigger kids need some major muscle strength in both their legs and abdomen to walk erect. Smaller kids have a lot less mass and shorter moment arm to hold erect.")
But then we read that a child can start learning to use a spoon at 8 months. Christopher's only relationship with a spoon so far is to open his mouth and wait. I thought we could give self-feeding a try this evening. He didn't do too badly, but I still have a shirt full of yoghurt to show for it.