Friday, March 4, 2011

Getting There

Michael has been taking his time on this whole walking thing... which I am fine with for the most part. It would be nice if he was walking by the time the weather gets nice so that we can enjoy the outdoors more. Otherwise I figure that he will just be able to get into more things once he can walk, so no need to rush that.

But I do get a little insecure about milestones. I don't want to push but I breathe a sigh of relief when each one has been met. I suppose that's normal. I think he's been making normal progress but in the back of my mind there is a little, irrational, panicking Amanda worried that her baby will never walk. I talked to one of my neighbors the other day that said her son didn't walk to 15 months. I asked her if she got a little worried when that was going on and she did, but it was all for nothing of course.

We have had a couple of nicer days lately and I've put Michael's shoes on him-- backwards. Whoops! Then I realize what a moron I am fix them, and then take him outside to walk holding my hands. At first the novelty of being outside was entertaining enough. But now wants to explore more. Other people's houses. The road. Bugs. A skid steer. Mud. He tried to eat a nice clod of mud for the first time the other day.

But all the practice is paying off because today I let him go next to his changer and he took A step and grabbed onto it.

I reported this achievement to DH this evening who then promptly let go of Michael and the kid walked 3 steps for him. So then we tried to get him to practice waking between us a couple of times and he did a pretty good job. It's a little more "controlled falling" at this time than walking, but he's definitely getting there. He won't be a steady walker for a little longer, but it's coming along.

I'm pretty excited. I just wanted to share.


Michelle said...

I think it is so cute when they first master the steps, and are all staggered and careful. But defintely get the not wanting to rush it!
Kristopher was around 11 months I think, and I panicked due to everyone else's kids doing it at like 9-10 months. Mine was tall and he had balance issues with that. I think when they are taller and bigger, it's harder to master the balance.
Yay for steps though!
And in reference to your comment...I am going to ask to switch units I think. Our old side was nothing like this, so I know there are better ones here....Just a matter of making that switch.

Celia said...

Hooray! Peter is walking more and more but he still prefers to crawl because it is much faster.

Sophie said...

Yay! I say it definitely counts!

Kate said...

I have the same fears here, even though I know a year is still even early for walking. And that I'll wish Kara wasn't getting around so fast once she finally does start walking.
Yay for steps!

Celia said...

I am very interested to hear what you think of working inside as opposed to outside the home. I have been hoping you would post about it.

Jessica White said...

It counts! And you're right about the walker getting in to more things: Oy!

I just tell myself that the kids will do whatever comes next when they're ready (although I do worry too ;-)

Chelle said...

That is SO exciting! I feel ya-about fears that it's taking too long, but practice really does help a lot.

YAY Michael!

Anonymous said...

Yay for walking! I know I was getting a little worried about Birdie's lack of interest in walking, but now, just about 3 weeks after her first steps, she is walking nearly across the room.
My mom was just visiting for ten days and got to see a lot of the progress from 2-3 steps to 10 or more.