Zara and I visited our lovely paediatrician last week for her 4 month jabs (Pneumococcal, Hepatitis and Rotavirus).
As is customary during these visits, Dr Adrian wanted to know her progress, and passed me a teddy bear to demonstrate what she was now able to do.
So I made teddy sit, stand, lie on his tummy and roll over (front to back).
Dr Adrian was incredulous.
In fact, I dont think he quite believed me and probably half suspected I was making it up to impress him.
"You mean, you are holding on to her underarms when she sits and stands right?" he said, thinking that perhaps I was embellishing the sitting/standing part.
"No," I replied, surprised at his question, "She's able to sit on her own, albeit with support from her arms, and stand by either holding on to the cot or leaning onto the rails..."
After a few more prodding questions, I began to get a bit frustrated that he didn't seem to believe me and he probably came to the conclusion that I was one of those extremely impatient parents who push their kids into doing things before they're ready.
I was on the verge of whipping out my phone to show him visual proof of my claims when our little debate was interrupted by his nurse coming into the room with the vaccine.
Jab on the left leg, jab on the right. And that was the end of that.
So I didnt get to prove to our dear doctor that perhaps what he's dealing with is more of an impatient little girl who can't wait to grow up rather than a pushy parent.
Because I can swear that while I do make it a point to put Zara on her mat daily for some tummy time, and play with her the way all parents probably do, I don't spend my time forcing her to do anything she doesn't like to do.
Truth is, my little girl always seems to prefer time on her legs and hates lying down. She will fuss when she's on her back and will reach for my hands to try to sit up, grunting as she does. She hates tummy time and will cry when I encourage her to slow down and learn how to crawl.
Instead, she would rather hold onto the edge of the sofa for a good 20mins or sit on her playmat batting the mobile ladybug. She has a mind of her own, this one, and I guess she's just one of those precocious babies who prefer to stand than crawl.
I can't help it that Zara has chosen to develop this way, and that she's maturing faster than most. I'm just doing my best to make sure she's happy.
So, stand, sit, whatever she does... as long as she's smiling, it's alright isn't it?