Actor James Van Der Beek recently gushed to People.com about his daughter, Olivia’s, first steps, which just so happened the day she turned 10 months old, and it reminded me of the days when both my kids were learning to walk.
As soon as they started to look interested in getting off their knees, I watched them like a hawk to make sure I didn’t miss those first few steps. And I remember getting worried when a few of my son’s 9-month playgroup friends started to walk. Yes, all babies reach the milestone at different ages, and 9 months was on the early side, but this Type A mom couldn’t help it. What was taking him so long?
But as soon as he turned 10 months (funny, just like Olivia), he took his first steps. It was at that moment that I realized how stupid I was to wish he started walking already because life was never the same. There were new dangers, new things to get into, different body parts to get hurt and so on. He wasn’t a helpless little baby that needed to be carried around anymore. He was growing up and he was growing up fast.
So when my daughter hit that 10 and 11 month mark without any interest in standing upright, I didn’t stress. No, sir. I knew she’d walk sooner or later, and a small part of me wanted her to be one of those late walkers who take their sweet time. She eventually started walking right around her first birthday, and soon after that came the running. It’s a wonder why I’m not skinny chasing after her and her brother!
Now it’s your turn. How old was your baby when he or she took those first steps? Share in the comments section below.
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