I am in no way claiming I have a gifted child. I have no way of knowing that yet, she's only 9 1/2 months old. I'm also a first time mom. She's been hitting milestones very fast. All of them very fast, motor, verbal, cognitive, etc... At first I didn't think anything of hearing, "Oh, she's doing that fast," from others, but it's a constant for everything. I started Googling the last few days and read average versus gifted milestone checklists and she's meeting or exceeding all of the gifted ones. (Well, all of them that she's tried. I've never handed her a crayon, because I didn't want to deal with the mess. Ha ha.)
I decided to join this forum to ask if anyone can tell me what to keep my eyes peeled for regarding a gifted versus normal child. Maybe if I should do things differently in the coming years?
I read that I should not be a "hothouse" parent and try to train her to do things early. That doesn't gauge things correctly, but I also don't want to impede her abilities either. Ugh. I don't know. I guess I'm just wondering what other parents have done when they noticed their babies were learning things really fast?
Examples: She speaks at least 11 words by sight, not repetition. She's said her first sentence a couple weeks back, "Hi, cat," while waving. Shares. Walks. Feeds herself, us, and her stuffed animals. Sign language. She mimics what all of the bigger kids are doing at the park exactly, like running in a track from point to point to point. I don't know, lots of things. Head control since the day she was born. Steady gaze since the day she was born. Rolling over since 2 days old. Like she pulled herself to standing the first time at 6 weeks. Her first repeated word was at 7 weeks. Mama with intent was a regular at 4 months... that sort of thing. Heck, this type of stuff might not even be gifted. I might be reaching here. I have no idea. I do have video and photographic evidence of it all though, so that's good. I've just been doing that for posterity.
Anyway, thanks in advance for reading my first awkward post.