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.