I was lucky enough to be a gifted child and now my mum seems to think that my DS is following suit. DS is our only child and both mine and DH’s parents first grandchild though so I have no baseline to compare him with and tend to think everything he does is ‘normal’ at home. When we see other children (or friends with children comment on his development) however, I do wonder if he might be advanced. I’ve looked through some posts on this forum and I’ll try and list all the things he does compared with others on here. BTW, DS was 13 months old 3 days ago.
Could hold his head up and attempt push-ups with his arms from birth – he spent a lot of time with his head up gazing at my face when he was placed in my arms
Smiled properly (not wind) at 14 days old
Could sit up without his head being supported at 3 months old
First word (mummy) at 7 months old
Started walking at 8 months old, running at 10 months old
Could go up stairs at 11 months old, yesterday he started climbing backwards to get down them (13 months)
Understood instructions like ‘come to mummy/daddy’, ‘bring me’, ‘find’, ‘wait’ ‘hold hands’, ‘mind your fingers’ (to move his hands away from doors), ‘you do it’, ‘where is’ from 10 months old
Started naming body parts at 11 months old – eyes, hand, fingers, toes, nose, foot, leg, mouth
I made a list of every word he can either say or understand yesterday and it totalled 137 words – then my mum pointed out another 6 that I’d forgotten to add! I'm sure there's a few more I will have missed too. He can actually say 30 words very clearly and several of the words he says are multisyllabic, such as flower and button. He knows the colours blue, red and green.
He shows signs of being both extremely sensitive and incredibly stubborn, just like me as a child. For example, he won’t walk over my parent’s doormat because he doesn’t like the feel of it on his feet and insists on being carried over it. He won’t handle certain foods either because of the texture. If he thinks he can do something he won’t give up until he does it and will sometimes turn purple from the effort! He wanted to push a toy car through a ring yesterday and sat there grunting and pushing until he did it. We didn’t think it would fit but he proved us all wrong. Woe betide anyone who tells him ‘no’ when he wants to do anything – we’re already experiencing tantrums
He’s fascinated by books and writing. All his favourite words start with B so I’ve been pointing out some letters to him for a few days to see what happens. Yesterday we went to my parent’s house and as he walked past their car, he stopped and pointed to the letter B on their number plate and said ‘b!’ He really only has to see something once to know it – his memory is incredible.
He can play ‘properly’ with phones and cars. He knows what they are supposed to do and will ‘answer’ the phone and push his cars around the floor saying ‘brummmm’. When we get in a real car, he takes his favourite stacking ring to hold as a steering wheel and ‘drive’ for the journey.
He understands how lots of household appliances work and has been opening our front-loading washing machine, fridge, oven, etc since about 10 months old. Same for doors.
He loves nature and loves spending time watching our pets and bringing insects to me to inspect with him and name.
I’m sure there are things I’ve missed off the list but what do you all think so far? I’d like a second opinion please. Is my mum right or are we just proud mummy/grandmas?
EDITED TO ADD - we certainly don't leave him running around our kitchen opening ovens BTW! We are naturally alarmed that he's figured out how to turn it on and keep him well away. Also forgot to add, he can screw and unscrew lids on bottles and jars - nightmare for home safety...
Edited by TheCrunchyBrit - 9/3/13 at 12:14pm