My son was born at exactly 31 weeks, and stayed in the NICU 3 weeks. He will be a year old on July 11th. He sees his neonatologist and a team of therapists every quarter, and they log his progress, and give us goals for the next visit. His last visit was around the 9 month mark, and his therapists were concerned that he?s not sitting up on his own unassisted, nor crawling (conversely, his neo didn?t seemed phased, nor did his pedi). My mother (his caregiver while I?m at work) and I have done every suggestion given to us by the therapy team, to no avail. My son simply will not/cannot (sometimes I?m not sure which) sit for more than a few seconds at a time without falling over, nor will he crawl, no matter how many times I try to help him bend his knees, push up on his hands, or put a favorite toy just out of reach. He will assume a ?skydiving-like? position and cry his little head off. Here?s the odd part ? he does demonstrate a love of being upright, and will ?walk? if you?re letting him hold onto your fingers. He can also pull himself into a standing position from either laying or supported sitting. He also demonstrates very little interest or skill in holding his own bottle.
His 1-year visit is coming up soon, and I?m apprehensive b/c he?s not crawling or sitting up unassisted, and the therapists let me know just how unhappy they were about it last time. (I have found them quite abrasive and condescending, actually?)
He?s definitely at par or slightly ahead of the curb with his speech therapy ? he even says a few words that are very understandable, and babbles like crazy, so no worries there ? it just seems to be his motor skills.
Could any of you share similar experiences, please? I'm concerned that I'm worried about nothing (and would really like that to be true...). My mom says that "all babies develop on their own terms". Does that apply to preemies, as well?