Developmental Milestones

I used to put up these development lists from Raising Children for Ellie all the time, with what she was doing bolded, but I haven’t done it since she was about 13 months I don’t think. So, I thought it was time to update Ellie’s milestones and start on Kahlei’s, with a photo of them from yesterday when we were all out the front.

Stuff and that 118Kahlei:

The 4th month

By the end of this month, your baby:

… should be able to:

  • on stomach, lift head up 90 degrees
  • laugh out loud
  • follow an object in an arc about 15 cm above the face for 180 degrees (from one side to the other)

… will probably be able to:

  • hold head steady when upright
  • on stomach, raise chest, supported by arms
  • roll over (one way) – I never get to see it, though!!
  • grasp a rattle held to backs or tips of fingers
  • pay attention to a raisin or other very small object
  • reach for an object
  • squeal in delight

… may possibly be able to:

  • keep head level with body when pulled to sitting
  • turn in the direction of a voice, particularly mummy’s
  • say ah goo or similar vowel consonant combinations – She is the biggest chatterbox. Especially when Ellie’s around
  • blow a raspberry (make a wet blowing sound with lips placed together and vibrating)

… may even be able to:

  • bear some weight on legs when held upright
  • sit without support
  • object if you try to take a toy away
  • turn in the direction of a voice

Stuff and that 124Ellie:

The 19th month

By the end of this month, your toddler:

… should be able to:

  • use three words
  • point to a desired object

… will probably be able to:

  • ‘feed’ a doll
  • use six words – Oh, yes, she is picking up words at an alarming rate at the moment! Last night I tried to teach her Rhinoserous “Rhiionon” hehe
  • walk up steps

… may possibly be able to:

  • build a tower of four cubes
  • identify two pictures by pointing

… may even be able to:

  • name six body parts – She loves doing this and has started showing us what’s what on Kahlei, which Kahlei thinks is hilarious
  • wash and dry hands

Ahh, my girls are growing up.

It’s funny to look at Kahlei and know that in 15 months she will be a little person, just like Ellie is now. It never ceases to amaze me how much these little minds and bodies learn in such a short amount of time.


  1. Wow!
    Your girls are very talented!

  2. They grow SO quickly! My heart always goes out to the moms with children experiencing developmental delays – those lists are so defeating to them…those of us whose kids are "on track" are truly blessed!

    Thank you so much for your comments (especially on Soul Stitches) yesterday!

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