Yes, we have a toddler now!
To rewind a bit for those of you that haven’t read past posts, my wee bebe has been “walking” since Christmas. We believe she would have been earlier than that, had we given her walker toy earlier than that. But we held off, since the holidays were approaching.
That very day, she was rocketing around the living room with a death grip on the handle to her walker toy. It took her some time to get better control and to not lean so far forward she ended up sprawling on her face with one hand attached to the toy. It was at this point we realized that she wasn’t too far off from walking on her own. She’d been gliding along furniture for a while by then, and had also been walking with a lot of assistance from us, albeit slowly.
She was still crawling quite a bit, and had been gaining a lot of control and speed in her crawling at that time and into the coming weeks.
Fast forward to the trip we were finally able to take to see family back east. She was working on her standing skills, just remaining in one place without toppling over, which was still a bit on the sketchy side from time to time. But she did love being up on her feet and would make it to her feet either assisted by furniture, someone, or even managing to do it all by herself. And an interesting (and often hilarious) new activity of hers was to find things to pick up while trying to stand. An odd combination, but it became a kind of fascination of hers, and often wouldn’t stand up on her own without something in her hands or arms. Be it a couple of small, light items, or sometimes awkward, large and heavy items. (This is the kid that randomly decided to follow me into the bathroom and while seated on the floor, picked up the scale and lifted it into her lap.)
Forward again to the visit in Connecticut, she was doing all of these things, and it seemed that once in a while she was attempting to take her first steps. To this day, I’m not sure if it was just hope, wishful thinking or just seeing things out of the corner of our eyes, but there it was. The prospect of her walking. Without a walker toy at her disposal at the homes of family, she would certainly find something to slide across the floor so she could “walk”.
Back home she had her walker, which she certainly went back to using. As well as pushing any large enough item she could get her hands on, around the kitchen and dining room.
In the couple of weeks after returning home, things definitely progressed, and she took a step here or there and would promptly plop onto her diapered back side. It was certainly startling to her at first, since her standing skills were astonishingly good from the get go. She had barely done any toppling over or plopping during her progression into standing on her own without help. Her balance was amazing to see. She had even learned to squat and hold it, while picking up her toys and other items. She would wobble, then squat a bit to get her balance then right herself again.
Soon enough, surprise and startle turned to giggles and laughs. With some work, by February 18th, we were able to officially announce that we had a walker/toddler! And that very same day we were able to announce the arrival of her first tooth! Busy little bebe!
It didn’t take long for a few steps and a plop to turn into across the room with a few plops, to across the room with no plops, to wobbles and weebles but no falling down. Now, a month later she often prefers to walk over crawling, and regularly does a few laps without issue around the living room, dining room and kitchen.