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and we are not sure what has caused them. He will see a specialist next month. I just wanted to share about him here to see if any of you could give me some thoughts. As a baby he seemed like every other child...he cooed and made baby noises, he rolled over around 3 months, sat up at 7 months and started to slither around 6 months. At 1 year he still had not crawled and still slithered a little but most of the time he would stay where we sat him--he didn't try to pull up. Finally I started pushing him to crawl by putting him the crawling position over and over again and then he started to crawl and pull up around 13 months. Then I started pushing him to stand and walk. He seemed very afraid to leave the furniture he was holding but by 16 months he started to walk (very unsteady). By 18 months I could tell he understood things I was saying, such as "do you want breakfast?" because he walked over to his highchair. By 2 he only knew appr. 8 words. Shortly after his 2nd birthday he started learning a bunch of words but he still won't say sentences. If I say, "Do you want milk?" He'll reply "Milk". Every once in a while he'll go into the kitchen near the cabinet where the crackers are and point and say his word for cracker. Now at 28 months he knows appr. 20-25 words. He can follow simple commands like bring me your shoes...or hand me the phone. Sometimes he doesn't do it but if I already have his attention then he does. It is hard to "teach" him things--he seems to learn at a slower pace than other children. He is shy around a group of kids but will play and interact with them one-on-one. He plays with DH and I and his baby brother...he does show emotion and if the baby cries he comes to him and brings him toys. He walks fine, except he doesn't run and he most of the time walks on his tip toes or with his feet spread apart like for balance. Many people who don't know him have commented that he is just learning to walk (been walking for a year now...)

We just don't know if he is just "slow" to learn and develop or if he has a problem or condition. When he was born he had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and it was making his heart rate dip and he was a forceps delivery because of that. The forceps hurt his head, too. I don't know if those two things have anything to do with everything else. He seems to be about 10 months behind his peers, now, in his development.

I know this was long...thanks for reading.
 

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Thanks for replying. I used to blame myself a lot for him not learning like all of his friends do. I thought I wasn't teaching him well enough (I stay at home with him and his baby brother). I used to compare him and wonder what is going on. I've accepted that for now, at least, he is a little bit behind the rest of his age group.
 
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