As A moves closer and closer to that big one-year-old mark she is also working her way towards walking. You guys, my baby is almost walking!
On one hand, I’m not surprised. I’ve noticed that her big milestones have all just kind of happened without warning, when we least expected it. One minute we’re out buying nine month size footie sleepers for her to wear to daycare (yes, I know, we’re those parents, but with a gal who refuses to keep socks on for more than ten seconds in our arctic winter it seemed like the best option) and suddenly we’re getting a call from daycare saying that we need to get some shoes because A is standing up All. The. Time. and the footies are causing her to fall. What?? I thought we had a ton of time before she began pulling herself up!
I’m not sure why, but before I was thrust into the madness of motherhood, I had this idea in my head that I would see all sorts of signs that another milestone is coming and could adequately prepare my head and my heart for yet another signal that my baby is growing up. And as with many other aspects of my new role as Mommy, it’s completely different than I expected. I suppose one could say that this whole post is about the signs of an impending milestone and they would be correct. But it still feels like this is all happening out of nowhere.
A few short weeks ago, if we would pull A up by her hands and try to help her walk, her knees would immediately buckle and she would revert to everyone’s favorite crab-walk-monkey-crawl. Now, all of the sudden, she not only embraces us doing this, but she pulls herself up on the walker toy the Activity Walker toy that we have and walks around with that (under the supervision of an adult, of course). While I do believe that crawling is still her preferred mode of transportation (she’s all about the whole work-smarter-not-harder thing) she is taking a stab at walking more and more.
I think it also helps that we, along with all four of her grandparents go crazy cheering her on when she does this and she gets SUPER excited and basks in the attention. It’s pretty adorable how proud she is of herself and the more we all cheer, the more she wants to walk. And bounce. And smile. And clap. My mommy heart-of-hearts can barely handle it, I love it so much.
When did your baby first start walking? How long was the “learning-to-walk” phase that we’re currently in?
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