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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Look Who's Walking!

Libby was a slow bloomer in the vertical skills. She didn't stand for the first time until she was almost 11 months old. But once she figured out how much more of the world could be accessed on two feet there was no stopping her. She went from standing to cruising pretty quickly and she has no trouble figuring out how to get from here to there. I wasn't in too much of a hurry for her to walk but then again, with a beach vacation in a few weeks, Tom and I were thinking that a walking Libby would involve a little less sand in the mouth. Still, I had my doubts that she would develop any kind of proficiency in 2 weeks.

You see, Caedmon, for all of his monkey antics these days, was quite a cautious toddler in the early days. From standing to walking was at least a 4 month process and the first 3 weeks of "walking" involved taking 2 steps per day. His balance, on the other hand, was superb. From 11 months, he could stand without holding on and by his first birthday, he was able to stand for 10 minutes in the middle of a room playing with toys, squatting to pick up something that dropped and standing once again. By the time he actually walked at 13 months, there was no looking back. He was sturdy and fast. We didn't experience many of the bumps and bruises that most parents of new walkers fear.

I now see that Miss Libby may provide quite a different story. Because yesterday she took her first two steps...followed by 6 more steps and then another 4 and...well, you get the picture. She is not ready to give up on the crawling but she has no fear of going ahead full force with her new skill. A few times, this involved two steps followed by throwing her body to the person nearest her. And, at least once, I was very thankful for the ugly primary colored tumbling mats covering our concrete family room floors. I thought I'd be able to trade those in soon, but it appears that she'll be needing a soft landing for a bit longer.

We're excited for Libby as we see her master these new skills. It's so amazing to watch her grow and develop. She's communicating a lot more, too, but I'll save that for another post. For now, I'll leave you with a demonstration...

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