Understanding Your Child's Developmental TimelineThere is a moment for intended parents when they realize all the planning, testing, screening, and waiting is over. The woman who has carried their child for nine months is in labor and, soon, their little one will have finally arrived.For the surrogate mother, the birth of this baby—not her own, but one she lovingly cared for—is a gift for both the intended parents and the child. She has helped create a new family. Looking down at the tiny newborn you hold in your arms, it may be hard to imagine that this fragile bundle will soon be a toddler, then a kindergartener, an adolescent, a high school student, a college student, and, finally, an adult. The development of a child is a miraculous thing, full of exploration and learning, fear and comfort, joy and pain. But ask just about any parent, and they will tell you that the journey through parenthood is worth every step.
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