To give you some context, Olive, our daughter, is 18 months old. She was born 14 weeks early and that was after 6 weeks of not having any amniotic fluid to help aide her development in the womb. She never took a bottle and is still learning to eat by mouth. She has been dependent on a tube for her entire life to feed her. When she took a porkchop out of my hand recently and began chewing on it- I nearly cried with joy.
We knew it would take her longer for certain developmental milestones, and to be honest, it has given me the perspective that we expect a lot out of our babies. It is okay if it takes a little longer to walk, to potty train or to eat. The important thing is that we are consistently encouraging them.