"Because parents cannot take milestones for granted, development takes on an added element of excitement and anticipation."
Dr. William Sears, The Baby Book
These words helped get me through some tough times during Christina's slow development. Eight homeschool moms were due to have babies within 2 months of each other, when Christina was born, and, to this day, when I see our children together, and see how grown up their 4 year olds are compared to Christina, I wince inwardly.
Then God sends the surprises, which are truly appreciated by special mothers, like when Christina discovered the Christmas train at the old fashioned hardware store on the corner. She was completely absorbed, running to and fro, to see the train emerge from the tunnel connecting it to the other side of the store window, saying, "where go?" each time, Just to have her so engaged in a typical childhood activity, and speaking appropriately, was a thrill to me, a Christmas surprise.