Attempting the Absurd

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” ― Coco Chanel

I just watched my daughter climb over her boppy to get a stuffed monkey in her gym. I had to rescue her because she face-planted into her gym, but she came up clutching the monkey and promptly stuffed it in her mouth. A far cry from what I expected at 3-months from my daughter born with Down syndrome. So I decided to make a list of the things she’s doing now. I grabbed the list from What to Expect the First Year. So here you go – from our first three months of attempting the absurd to achieve the impossible.

By three months, your baby…should be able to:

• On stomach, lift head 45 degrees (YES)

…will probably be able to:

• Laugh out loud (not yet…but she coos when excited)
• On stomach, lift head up 90 degrees (YES)
• Squeal in delight (not yet…but so close! Does cooing in delight count?)
• Bring both hands together (YES)
• Smile spontaneously (YES)
• Follow an object held about 6 inches above baby’s face moved 180 degrees with baby watching all the way (YES)

…may possibly be able to:

• Hold head steady when upright (YES)
• On stomach raise chest supported by arms (YES)
• Roll over (one way) (She’s done it twice from her back to her front. She rolls to her side.)
• Grasp rattle held to backs or tips of fingers (YES)
• Pay attention to an object as small as a raisin (YES)

…may even be able to:

• Bear some weight on legs when held upright (YES)
• Reach for an object (YES…the evil elephant and her dolly. And a stuffed monkey, apparently.)
• Keep head level with body when pulled to sitting (YES)
• Turn in a direction of a voice, particularly mommy’s (YES)
• Say “ah-goo” or similar vowel-consonant combination (Not quite – says, “Ahooooo”)
• Razz (Not yet.)

More alike than different.

Love this little girl. My rock star.