Camilla Thurlow praised as she shares daughter Nora isn't 'walking or talking' at nearly two

Jamie with his daughter Nora
Jamie with his daughter Nora -Credit:Camilla Thurlow Instagram

Love Island's Camilla Thurlow has spoken out about her daughter Nora's development as she spoke out in a bid to comfort parents who might be worried about missing milestones. The reality TV star, who met husband Jamie Jewitt on the ITV show back in 2017 and is pregnant with their third child, revealed Nora isn't walking or talking yet at nearly two years old.

She revealed her daughter is 'on her own timeframe' and said she was 'very proud'. Camilla wrote on Instagram: "When I shared recently about Nora starting to crawl at 20 months (and not yet walking) I got a lot of messages from mums who have been feeling worried, or isolated, as the majority of what they see on here are other babies reaching certain milestones.

"It really got me thinking because I shared a lot of 'firsts' with Nell without even really realising I was doing it, I would just want to share how cute she was using her fork, or be so excited she'd said mama and was making funny babbling sounds. And please don't get me wrong, I love LOVE to see those posts, watching parents see their babies do things for the first time and the amazement and joy that brings is something very special, and is such a lovely thing to celebrate. But having a second child on a very different timeframe has reminded me how much easier it is (without even realising you're doing it) to fill a square, or story, with something that someone is doing rather than isn't doing."

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She told other parents that they "really aren't alone" if their kids were not doing the same. Speaking of Nora, she continued: "I don't share so many of those moments with Nora and it's not because she's our second child, it is simply because we haven't shared those moments in real life yet.

"She's very much on her own timeframe for everything, although I've only touched on gross motor development on here before. She doesn't speak - about 8 months ago she said 'Dada' for the first time and then overnight she stopped and hasn't said it since. She has never said 'Mama'. Day to day we are still working on her cutlery and practical skills."

Thanking her health visitors for their assessments, referrals and support, Camilla continued: "I want Nora to know she can be a baby for as long as she wants or needs to. We are very proud of how she is steadfastly moving through the world at her own pace.

"The last thing I want is for her to grow up thinking that life is a race, or that she needs to be the fastest, smartest, funniest or loudest person in the room to be worthy of love."

She added: "Sometimes we can only do our best, but there's more than enough love to take care of the rest." Camilla was praised for her "relatable and honest" post.

One comment from The Kids Doctor read: "Paediatrician here! Thank you so much for sharing this. I see so many parents who feel so isolated and alone in their child not meeting milestones at the same rate as other children and although they aren't alone at all it's so hard to convince people of that. Anyone with a big voice sharing a story full of so much love, compassion and support really helps."

Another fan said: "My son didn't start speaking until nearly 4.5. Not autistic, no diagnosis of anything, just took his time figuring out how to speak. They all get there at their own pace." Another said: "Could have written this myself, have a 22-month-old who is exactly the same. So happy and precious."