I just want to know what her diet was whilst she was pregnant.
- Jonathon Thorpe was born five minutes after his mother went into labour
- About to turn one, he’s is soaring ahead of other youngsters his age
- He’s been walking and talking since seven months and can operate laptop
- His mother is convinced his rapid progress is related to his fast delivery
- The family will give him a mini-piano and a drum kit on his first birthday
They call him the ‘Spitfire baby’ – because he was born just five minutes after his mother went into labour one year ago.
Heather Thorpe, 24, from Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, produced 5lbs 7oz Jonathon last November in an incredibly speedy birth.
And now, 12 months on, the impressive infant shows no signs of slowing down.
Jonathon has learned an astonishing array of skills in the short time he’s been on this earth.
While most of his peers are only just getting up on their feet, Jonathon has been walking and talking since he was seven months old.
Since then, he’s learned how to dance, and his proud parents report that he enjoys throwing shapes to his favourite song, Gangnam Style.
What’s more, ahead of his first birthday, Jonathon has proved himself to be increasingly tech-savvy. He can operate his mother’s laptop computer and knows how to use a remote control to change TV channels.
Heather is convinced her son’s rapid development is connected to the speed of his delivery.
‘He’s intelligent, strong and clever,’ she says. ‘We can’t quite believe how quickly he’s progressed. He was already calling me “mummy” by seven months and he’s very chatty now.
Little spitfire: Jonathon has developed rapidly, and can even dance to his favourite song, Gangnam Style
‘The way he picks new things up is amazing, he seems to learn really quickly. It must have something to do with the way he was born.
‘He was born quickly and his development has been super-fast as well. Jonathon’s got the mind of a two-year-old. He does get through clothes very fast though – his feet are already too big for 12-18 month-sizes in the shops, and he loves food.’
Tomorrow the Spitfire baby turns one. To celebrate his first birthday, Heather and her parents say they will spoil him. ‘We’ve got him a mini piano and a drum set,’ said Heather. ‘He already loves music.
‘It’s been an amazing year with him and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.’
Recounting the details of her speedy birth, Heather says that on the evening of 21 November last year, she went to bed at her family home in Birmingham at 11pm.
At that time, her waters had not broken but at 3.55am she had a powerful contraction.
‘I got the urge to push and he came into the world at 4am,’ she recounts.
Heather’s parents Mark, 53, and Marrion, 49, slept through most of her labour. But once roused, they took Heather and Jonathon to Heartlands Hospital to have him examined. ‘They said he was fine,’ said Heather. ‘It was incredible.’
Since then, Heather and Jonathon have lived the doting grandparents. They’ve been amazed by Jonathon’s development.
Rapid development: The proud mother and son pictured at his christening
Mark says, ‘He’s so clever – as soon as you show him something he picks it up straight away.
‘There were no drugs or interventions during the labour so maybe that’s why he’s come on so quick.
‘He’s a real little character, people fall in love with him straightaway.
‘I get told off if I go to the shops without him – people are expecting to see him.’
Marrion adds, ‘He came out so quickly, like a little Spitfire. Heather is amazing. I’m bursting with pride.’
‘Heather’s so good with him. She hasn’t rushed him but he just seems to want to learn new things all the time. It’s Jonathon who’s in a hurry.’
Fast learner: When he’s not using his mother’s computer, he’s watching his favourite TV programme, Jeremy Kyle