Zoë had her first physical therapy session yesterday. My fears were put to rest. The therapist said there is no sign of CP whatsoever and that she is going to be "just fine". (I feel strange writing that because I think of all the other mothers out there who are not told the same thing by therapists and doctors. It kind of reminds me of blog posts I read about when children almost die. I am always so happy for that family but part of me hurts that we weren't that family too.)
It isn't going to be easy. Zoë did NOT like all the poking and prodding and hard work. She took a long, hard nap once the therapist left. But the good news is that we have a plan. The other great news is that it isn't anything serious. She just needs help and practice and patience and coaching. She does have some sensory issues (movement) and when you combine that with lack of strength from not using the proper muscles much (never liked tummy time, has been content with not pulling herself up, etc.) it is a recipe for the ultra fast monkey scooter.
She will walk. She will catch up. The therapist said she thinks the biggest reason she hasn't done much to walk is because she's just so cute. When babies are that cute they have a syndrome (cute overload to the max spoil me syndrome) where everything is just given to them because they are so cute and they don't learn that they have to actually work toward something.
Cute or not, little missy, you are going to have to learn to walk all on your own! We will likely meet with the therapist for 6-8 months. I will keep you posted on her progress.
Thank you for all of your comments and concern and support. I was grateful to learn my "mother's gut" was correct.
If your baby isn't bearing weight by 2 or 3 months old, say something to your pediatrician. And if your baby is abnormally cute, you might want to watch out as well.