I hate this. I posted back in January about the lowercase taking his first step. What I haven't written is that he kind of quit. Sure every now and then he'll let go and take a few steps...but it's been two months and he still hasn't been able to take more than 5 steps at a time.
He now gets frustrated when we try to hold his hands and walk with him -- most of the time when we try he instantly drops to his knees to begin crawling. On the other hand, he is constantly pulling up to stand, cruising the furniture, and frequently walks behind things (ride-on toys, walking toys, his leap frog music table).
On Friday I gave in and called the county early intervention office. We've been doing evaluation forms from them at home on our own and he's always scored well above the cutoff point in every category. His most recent one, done at 12 months adjusted age (mid-January), had him scoring 55 in gross motor with the cutoff point for delays being 18. So why isn't he walking?
We go to gymboree classes where he is one of two babies who does not yet walk -- the other child is also 7 months younger than him (actually too young for the class she's enrolled in, but nobody asked me). During classes, any activity that involves walking sends him crawling at top speed across the room to a bin full of balls or to the mirrors or tunnels.
I'm expecting a call from EI some time this week to schedule a time for a pair of therapists to come to our house and evaluate my son.
Add to the worries about his gross motor development the fact that he's only in the 4th percentile for weight, my currently intense level of PMS, the fact that many other people I know are having second (or third) babies when my husband refuses to discuss that even as a remote years-away possibility, and my general neurotic personality and you might have a picture of my life at the moment.
I had a breakdown yesterday doing massive amounts of crying, followed by about 10 minutes of laughter and then, as a result of one innocent comment from my husband, another 20 minutes of gut-wrenching sobbing...in the grocery store parking lot.
Oh...and the lowercase is having another eye exam today to see if his prematurity has affected his vision.