Since the twins have arrived, I’ve been using my blog to chart their progress and I’ve often noted that they are developing in totally different ways and hitting their baby milestones at totally different speeds.
Cosmo-Bear has been a real conversationist from a tiny age. Even before he could form words that any regular person (other than his mother) could make out, he’s chatted away to whoever will listen. His vocabulary is coming on in leaps and bounds and — at 2 years and nearly 3 months — there’s nothing he likes more than trying out his new words in sentences. He is just like his father.
Bertie-Bean, on the other hand, is more of a do-er; and is slightly less vocal. A few weeks ago I mentioned that he has his own ‘twin-speak’ and many of the words he uses are not fully recognisable as English.
I’ve *almost* been at the point where I feel we need to have him assessed — just to make sure that he’s not slipping behind in his development. But rather than cause unnecessary fuss, we chose to wait a while longer. His daddy and I have been watching him carefully and noted that he can say certain words with no problem at all.
It’s weird. It’s like he can’t be bothered to learn a new word when he’s quite happy with his own.
Then yesterday, we had a bit of a break-through.
I’ve said before that Bertie makes the sound of an animal, rather than calling it by it’s name. It was lunchtime and the boys were sat at the kitchen table in their highchairs. Cosmo had dropped one of the Jelly-Cat monkeys on the floor and started pointing to it, saying:
‘Ooh-Ooh-Ooh is on the floor! Ooh-Ooh-Ooh!!’
Now, I know he can say ‘monkey’. And Cosmo know’s, I know, he can say ‘monkey’. So I said:
‘I don’t understand? What is on the floor? What is Ooh-Ooh-Ooh?’
This went on for a couple of minutes, then clear as a bell, Bertie looked me right in the eye and said:
Amazing. So he can say the words. He clearly just wasn’t ready before. And herein this little tale lies a very gentle reminder.
I have two children, who were born forty seconds apart. They’re being brought up in exactly the same way so it’s difficult not to compare. But this was a stark reminder to me that my two little monkeys may be cut from the same cloth but they are very different in so many ways. Hitting their baby milestones at different rates is nothing to worry about. They’re just getting around to things in their own sweet time.
There’s no rush.
I’m linking up with my lovely friend Heledd — at Running In Lavender — for her Captured Moments linky. Whilst this captured moment is literal, rather than pictorial, it’s a moment in time that I want to treasure. Capturing these amazing moments in my boys’ lives are what make this blogging malarkey so very special.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.