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Parents Shocked After Eight-Week Old Daughter Learns To Stand

Parents Shocked After Eight-Week Old Daughter Learns To Stand

Her dad joked that she has been inspired after watching stongman competition on YouTube

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

Two parents were left amazed after their tiny eight-week old baby showed them she had already learned to stand up.

Tezra Finn-Johnston, 31, and his partner Emily Derrick, 23, say their baby Lula has been strong for her size pretty much from the day she was born and that she could support her own head not long after leaving hospital.

Adorable little Lula was born on 31 January and weighed just 5lbs 9oz, putting her on the fifth percentile - meaning only five percent of other baby girls her age weighed less than she did. But this hasn't held her back and now, at just 15 weeks, she can stand unassisted and support her own weight.

Dad Tezra reckons it might have something to do with the strongman clips he watches with his little girl on YouTube.

He said: "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.

"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.

"From everything I'm reading, it should be about nine months to a year that they should be able to support their own weight."


The couple, who live in Bristol, say they first noticed she was strong just five days after she was born.

"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 said.

"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!"

Tezra enjoys watching strongman competitions and jokes that he may have accidentally inspired his little girl by watching clips on YouTube with her. But he says he also finds it easy to build muscle, so being strong could be in the genes.

He added: "I don't advise other people to try this with their baby, but I watched Babies on Netflix and in there I just got a few ideas from that really.

"I've just always enjoyed being strong. When I was about 13, I started doing weight training and arm-wrestling - I was able to beat adults. Since then I just took up the weights.

"I just really enjoy being strong - not so much fit, but more the strength side of it. I've always been interested in lifting as heavy as I can.

"Only recently, since they've had YouTube, I've started watching some of the strong men on their private channels.


"Eddie Hall, they call him The Beast - he was the world's strongest man 2017 and he's got his own YouTube channel, so I've been watching that.

"Lula sits on my knee and we both watch that, so I like to think she is training herself."

Watch out Eddie Hall, Lula is after your title.

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!'"

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: UK News