As a first time parent, I have the big milestones loosely in mind. Sitting around 6 months, then crawling after that, and walking sometime around a year. That is how things are 'supposed' to happen. I also know that Claire will probably not follow this same timeline. And honestly, I'm ok with that. I know that this may change, that I may get discouraged with what may be seen as a lack of progress, but for now, I revel in what she can do.
I love that she rolls onto her belly and can happily spend what seems like forever playing with her toys. I love that when she sees me come around a corner, or into her line of sight, her entire face lights up. I love that she is a hard worker. She wants so badly to sit up, and will try and try until she is all tuckered out. I love that she sleeps through the night, and wakes me up in the morning to a foot waving overhead and soft coos.
There are plenty of opportunities for comparisons. I have a niece that is three weeks older than Claire, and she goes to daycare with a little boy one week younger than she is. They are doing things she is 'supposed' to be doing. And yet, when I look at them I'm not sad. Instead, I see what we have coming up, the next steps we have to look forward to. And I thank God everyday for keeping me focused on what is, instead of what is 'supposed' to be.