Back Tracking

Evan has this weird thing where he’ll achieve a milestone and then he won’t do it for weeks or even a month or two. He’s done this with rolling over, crawling, and more recently with talking and standing without support.

I’m not sure if this is an issue or anything – we haven’t really asked Evan’s doctor about it. We think it’s mostly just a comfort thing. He tries things a few times, but then goes back to what he’s comfortable with (this was definitely the case when he was transitioning from army crawling to crawling on all-fours).

Back at the end of November, we were so excited because he waved at us and said “hi” a number of times. He then added to his vocabulary with “no” and using “mama” and “dada” in context more and more. But, then he completely stopped a couple weeks later. Just this past weekend he’s started saying real words again, and has added “bye” along with certain sounds for things (“ba” for ball, “key” for kitty, “mo” for more).

Is this weird, or did anyone else have a child that did this?

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  1. My son was totally like that. With pretty much every milestone. He even took his first two steps two months before he took his third step. Same with “hi”. Same with scooting. Not with crawling because I think he realized he got a heck of a lot less rug-burn when he used his arms (something he didn't realize he could do until he saw the other kids at daycare).

    With them we wouldn't have believed it happened except for some of them we have video proof!

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  2. Petunia rolled over once right about on schedule and then didn't do it again for ages- like not until she was crawling.

    And both kids said “mama” pretty early, and then clammed up for awhile.

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  3. Glad Evan's not the only one!

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  4. I read that babies rarely learn to speak and walk at the same time; they do one after the other, apparently that keeps the brain busy enough. Our two girls haven't said a single word yet (other than “da” which is the German word for “there” but doesn't really count.) Maybe Evan is switching back and forth?

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  5. Maxim is this way too. We call him our little thinker, he is just like both is parents in the analysis department. Poor kid :), haha! I think because he really observes, takes it all in and is careful, it takes him just a touch longer than other kids to do things but not so much he's delayed significantly.

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