There is something quite special as your baby approaches the time to indeed take those first steps and go from a non-walker to a walker.
As a parent, I think you never quite forget when this happens for your kids. I know I have can remember quite clearly for both my girls, when they began to try to walk.
Emma, being my first, each new stage, was truly anticipated even before it happened. Even before she could walk though she wanted to stand. I close my eyes and am transported back to her 6 month checkup. The doctor walked in as Emma was bracing her little hand in mine and trying to stand on his exam table. He seemed concerned that her legs were not strong enough at such a young age to do this. I proceeded to relay to him that she was happiest doing this. See I so wasn’t going to fight a fussy colicky baby if it made her happy. So Then he proceeded to take a good look at her legs and told me that he was wrong and her legs were indeed strong enough and then some! Good to know that yes mother actually did know best here!
Another moment, I will never forget was being awoken in the middle of the night to Kevin say, “You better get in here!”
Now, of course, my first time mommy thoughts ran amok and had me fearing the worst. When I got in her nursery, what did I find?
I found my 7 month old baby standing all by herself holding onto to her crib railing. Yup, that sucker was lower the very next day!!
And here was now my kid who stood up holding on for the next two months after that cruising around that never really tried to crawl, because when you could stand why would you crawl on your knees. That was beneath her!
At just about 10 months old, she began to get brave and let go and here and there. Finally three days after she turned 10 months she let go and took her first steps. And shortly there after, she didn’t only walk, but she ran. And to be quite honest, she never really has slowed down since that.
And then came Lily!! Lily was so the opposite of Emma is so many instances, especially by being a generally happy baby that colic never took its hold on.
She unlike Emma took her time to smell the proverbial baby roses. At just about 6 months she was sitting up on her own, but had no desire to stand just yet. At around the 7th month mark she began to army crawl and within a week was full on crawling.
Guess what? She loved to crawl, unlike Emma would could care less about it. I thought for awhile she would crawl forever. I mean she didn’t attempt to stand on her own until almost 10 months and as she neared a year old couldn’t seem to care less about walking.
I have pictures from her first birthday party from the weekend before her actual party where she is holding on, but not walking just yet. And then it happened. I will never forget it. The day before her real 1st birthday she stood up, took her first real steps and that was it my last baby was a walker.
And yet my world was never quite the same, because now she could get into everything and as I have said before this one is so the one that is going to give me a run for my money (as my dad keeps telling me). Get into everything she did and still does. She is my adorable lovable mischief maker!!
For more first step stories, please visit the Mommy Cubed Linkup, which goes live next Monday over at Mommy Blog Hoppers, and just so happens to be my home away from home as a contributing blogger. And also please feel free to share your first step memories from your little ones if you want in the comments or write up your very own post to link up with us for next Monday. Happy Cruising!!
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