Kristine: Baby Steps…Literally
My daughter is learning how to walk. Over the weekend, she stood on her own, finally got her balance, and moved three steps before tumbling over. I was amazed. It was a major achievement in my eyes. My husband and I have been waiting for this milestone as she’s 16 months old and until this point showed no desire to move around unless she was crawling.
I showered her with cheers and kisses. My daughter, on the other hand, didn’t seem so thrilled about the whole thing. Actually, she got rather annoyed and didn’t feel like doing it again for the rest of the day. Every time I tried to walk with her, she’d get frustrated at her lack of balance and pull away. Isn’t that typical? She’s becoming more and more like her mother every day, I’m afraid.
My friends tell me these first steps mark the beginning of her true independence. Before long, she’ll be running out of the house to play with her friends, going to school and finding reasons to be away from me. Sigh. Okay, so maybe I’m happy with her crawling for a while longer.
So The Munchkin and I are learning our baby steps together. While she learns the courage to stand on her own feet, I’ll be learning to let her go…slowly, one step at a time.
Also, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and join Facebook. If I haven’t found you yet, let’s be friends!
that’s wonderful, kristine!
baby c has decided she no longer wishes to use the words she had accumulated. if she can make herself understood by a point and a mmmn…then that’s what she’ll use. and no matter how much we model back, that’s it, take it or leave it, ma.
both our girls will come around in the end, i’m sure. we just need to remember not to make a big deal of pressuring them. obviously, we have a couple smart independent thinkers here! we should pat ourselves on the back for that.
I love the way you have expressed what every mother experiences. Congrats on the first steps!
Thanks! I’m trying to enjoy the moment, for I know it will be a memory soon enough.
congrats on those first steps, kristine! and you’re right, they’ll be a memory soon enough, so revel in them now….while you still have a modicum of control. 😉
oh, I remember those first steps! they change EVERYTHING! congrats 🙂 I’m on FB too — I’ll try to look ya up!
Thanks, Jen! See you on FB.