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Progression, Regression, and the Inevitable Worry

Posted Mar 22 2010 12:00am

Finn has completely stopped pulling up to standing over the last week or so. Before, he was pulling up to stand on every piece of furniture and surface he could get his little hands on, and even taking a few cruising steps here and there. And then it just stopped. A week and a half ago, I took him and his sister to the park, where there is a set of eight or ten stone steps leading up to a big grassy area. I couldn't keep him off those steps; I would set him on the ground, he was crawl over to them as fast as he could, navigate his way to the top and take off scampering into the grass. I'd retrieve him, and he'd start the whole thing over . . . and over . . . and over. I took the kids to that very same park yesterday morning and Finn crawled over to those steps and sat at the bottom looking up at them, unwilling to go any further.

I can't figure it out. And I'm trying very, very hard not to worry myself sick over this.

He's not showing any other worrisome signs or symptoms. He seems well and happy (you know, except when he's good and crabby), and his babbling seems to really be taking off - not that he's saying any actual words, but he seems to be making a wider variety of sounds ("ba," "ma," "da," "ga,") using different inflections as if he's really trying to get some point across.

But still. This regression. It has me worried. What does it mean?

I try to remind myself that with Finn, progress has not always been in the same form as it's been with my other kids. Sometimes it's forward, sure. But sometimes it's lateral. Sometimes it's static. And sometimes it's two steps forward and one step back.

[Deep breath . . .]
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