Are you wondering, “Is my baby gifted?” As a parent of a (formally identified as gifted at age 5) baby, I was constantly thinking, “Wow. This does not seem typical for a baby!” Back in 2003, there were not nearly as many resources available to help answer many of my burning questions. Since the incidence of exceptionally and profoundly gifted occurs rarely in the population, there was not really anyone around who can relate.
Following are some of the completely unscientific observations and stories of Lucy’s milestones leading up to her first birthday. In retrospect, it seems to me that there were very early indications of giftedness – even in utero. Lucy has now been identified as exceptionally gifted.
Notable Pregnancy and Birth Events
- During pregnancy I was nearly in tears on many occasions with the incessant kicking and activity going on in my tummy. I recall one particularly difficult day around 6 months gestation where I was thinking after 5 hours of nonstop kicking and moving, “Please go to sleep, I need to work!” She didn’t even wait to be born before impacting my schedule. I could not go to sporting events or anywhere loud, as she would kick nonstop until the noise ended.
Birth – 1 Month Old
Both of my children were born via a drug-free, midwife-assisted natural childbirth.
See Lucy’s milestones 1-2 years of age
See Lucy’s milestones at 2 years of age
See Lucy’s preschooler (3-4 year) milestones