One of my main motivations for starting this blog was, (fairly obviously), my two little misters! I wanted to have a record of their early lives as they grow and change so quickly! Since it was confirmed that Douglas is developmentally delayed with his social and communication skills, (see my previous post) this has become even more important to me. I want to remember the milestones and document ‘what happened next.’ Coming from a place of worrying, wondering how or when he would progress, it’s all a part of our journey.
Whether you have developmental concerns about your child or not, I’m sure every parent has experienced this. Those rare moments when, out of the blue, your child does something new for the first time. Even the smallest thing can be a huge leap for them and it’s amazing.
So I thought I would start this series of posts so that throughout the year, I have a place to gather those little moments we celebrate, our mini milestones.
This first mini milestone revolves around a very torn, very battered but well-loved book, Ten Little Dinosaurs. We must have owned it for around a year, so it has had its fair share of story times!
It’s a fantastic book – a fun, well-metred verse with colourful illustrations and counting too. The part that the boys love the best is the noises! Each dinosaur is startled by a prehistoric noise and disappears from their group of siblings until they are all reunited at the end. It’s a book that forces you to let go as an adult and make those noises as funny as possible – both boys pause in anticipation and laugh at each sound. Having read the book so many times, I now have it pretty much memorised and can even ‘read’ it in the car!
And my Douglas? He has begun to imitate many of the sounds! I always pause at the end of each sentence, it was such a lovely surprise when he just joined in! His little ‘roar’ at the beginning and end is one of the cutest things I’ve ever heard. He attempts most of the other noises too, and is pretty good at the pterosaur noise(!) and ‘snap!’
I’m so proud that he’s beginning to make these connections, and is able to vocalise them. They may not be quite ‘first words’ yet, but we’re heading in the right direction! I’m one proud mama.
Have you had any ‘mini milestone’ moments with your children lately? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!