Sunday, September 7, 2008

Another Milestone Met

Ciara is a smart little cookie and I rarely worry about where she stands in comparison with her peers. I expect a lot from her, and she generally delivers and then some.
However, every once in a while I experience those little moments of Mommy angst and wonder whether she might be just a little bit behind schedule on something.
I started walking when I was really young. Ciara started cruising when she was 7 months old, so I thought that she was going to follow in my footsteps...then became increasingly concerned when she was reluctant to let go. She did
finally decide that she was ready to go it alone when she was 13 months old (well within the range of "normal").
I also started talking at an
extremely young I had difficulty understanding what was taking Ciara so long. Again, she has turned out to be quite a verbal child and I had absolutely no cause for concern.
I think I moved on to worrying about letter and number recognition next. This one is just plain silly. If anything she is well ahead of the pack. Still,
I know how brilliant my little girl is, and I want everyone else to know it too, so I sometimes expect unreasonable things from her.
Since she has started preschool I have found myself worrying about her fine motor development. Well, not fine motor development exactly...more like a concern over her lack of interest in writing and drawing. A few weeks ago I was excited when she decided she was ready to write her name. She has continued to work on this skill, and I am now satisfied that I really have no cause for concern as far as that goes. I mean, I think being able to write your name at 3 1/2 years old is actually pretty damned good. I'm pretty sure that I was considerably older than that when I reached that particular milestone.
Once I stopped worrying about her writing skills, I focused on her lack of interest in drawing. It seemed that all of the other children her age were really becoming interested and excited about drawing. I was watching all of these budding little artists emerge...and Ciara wanted absolutely nothing to do with it, preferring the dramatic play activities above all. I've just been dying to see her little scribbles start to resemble something recognizable, but it looked as though it was going to be a while yet.
Then the other morning I had to teach in her room until her teacher arrived for the day. There were only 5 or 6 children in the room at the time, and they were all coloring. So I sat down at the table with them to chat and see what they were up to. I looked over at Ciara's paper and was astonished to see that she had drawn a face! There was no mistaking it. Not a scribble in sight. She drew several more as we sat there before moving on to cutting paper into confetti.
All weekend she has been taking the little squares of paper from the notepad on my desk and drawing face after face. Looks like it's time for me to find another silly little thing to obsess over.

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9 fabulous responses:

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, the easiest thing to obsess over next is the fact that her people have no torsos.

Simply Shannon said...

Ha! Thanks for the helpful advice.
I figured I'd give her a week or so before I start obsessing over that little detail.

Aracely said...

I'm completely impressed! My 3 year old shares his name with a cartoon character (Diego) and I'm not sure he fully understands that it's his name too. I think he thinks his name is MINE!

Thanks for stopping in the other day.

Anonymous said...

Yea! My 2 1/2 year old is just beginning to scribble where the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and eyebrows (he has a thing with eyebrows) go after you draw the face, first! You gotta love those milestones.

Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate it!

Tyne said...

How funny, I worried about that for my little girl, Avery, too. Then she decided to really show off her skills for the first time (I hadn't seen her draw anything real b/f this) here-

Anonymous said...

Very nice post and impressive! :)

Carol said...

Don't you love that as a parent there is no end to the things we have to worry about.

Drives me crazy!!!

Anonymous said...

How cute!

Anonymous said...

We never do learn, do we? :) I've been wondering for a while if Jade is behind on her verbal communication skills. She'll be getting screened by a speech pathologist tomorrow.

But really, when I stop to think about it, what's the huge disadvantage to reaching some of these milestones later? I happen know some highly intelligent people who were late developing certain early-childhood skills.

I think I've gotten better at not comparing her to other kids. Let's see if I can keep that up when baby #2 is born!