31-year-old Tezra Finn-Johnston and partner 23-year-old Emily Derrick shared how their baby learned how to stand at only eight weeks after seeing her dad watch strongman videos on social media.
The couple first noticed baby Lula’s strength when they left hospital. They said that their daughter managed to support her own head at a very early stage.
Lula weighed 5lb 9oz when she was born on January 31. And in less than four months, she is able to stand without any assistance.
Adorable Lula may be the youngest child to stand at eight weeks but records are only kept for babies who are able to walk. Reuben Robinson broke records when he managed to take his first steps at only 6 months old, according to Guinness World Record.
Tezra has been watching strongman videos on YouTube and believe daughter Lula became inspired. “When she was about a month old, she was having a tantrum and I tried to sit her on my knee to calm her. Instead of sitting down, she just stood on my knee and wouldn’t bend her legs.”
The first-time dad continued: “She did it a few more times later on in the weeks – eventually I thought well if she can do it while she’s annoyed, maybe she can do it when she’s happy.
“I tried to hold her and supported her, and she managed to take her own weight. Everyone seems to think that it’s unusual that she can hold herself up, even just sitting, let alone standing.”
“’I asked my mum – I’m one of four, and none of my siblings could hold their weight at her age,” he added. “From everything I’m reading, it should be about nine months to a year that they should be able to support their own weight.”
“Pretty much from the day we left hospital she was able to support her head a little bit more than we thought she should be able to,” Tezra explained. “She was holding it up for a few seconds and that shouldn’t be for a few weeks, but pretty much straight away she was able to do that.
“Then we watched this Babies documentary on Netflix and on there they said babies are inherently programmed to crawl from birth. So I put her down on the mat and she was trying to crawl a bit.
“Then I put my arm behind her and she was able to push herself up the mat – propelling herself from my hand with her legs. She can also do it lying on her front as well.
“We noticed that and she was able to do that first time, so that was impressive. I’m just assisting her in doing what she likes doing – the first time we did it, she smiled at me.
“It’s like she’s showing off – she looks at you and smiles, it’s like she’s trying to be a big girl.”
Emily added: “When I give her rattles and stuff to play with, she doesn’t seem young enough to want them. She just seems a lot older than she actually is. I’m just like, “Oh don’t grow up yet”.”
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