I haven’t really discouraged her from walking. But I haven’t really ENcouraged her either. As a matter of fact, I’ve tried to ignore the fact that she would one day be on two legs and not really a "baby" anymore. It is difficult not to melt into her pure enthusiasm with her newly discovered skill. She looks proud as punch every time she gets from point A to point B as a bi-ped. But the truth of the matter is that my heart sank a little lot today when I realized she is in fact walking. Next thing you know, she’ll be running, potty-trained, wanting to dress herself, asking to borrow the car, dating–it’s a short trip, people. And I’m not ready for it.

I think I’ll regress and do some pouting tonight.

7 Responses to “ walking. ”

  1. Bhupali Gupte Says:

    Hi there,

    I have a one-year old. What you wrote reminded me of that Abba song “Slipping Through My Fingers All The Time”. If you don’t already know it, you should listen to it :-)

    You do lovely work :-)

    Warm regards,

  2. Erin Says:

    I feel you…just breaks my heart when I realize T is almost a year…what? What happened to my newborn?
    And, T has that dress! :)

  3. Liz Says:

    she may start to lose her clingy-ness now …. i’ve seen that happen a few times … my youngest is in his last year at home before big school – oldest is at uni/working/steady girlfriend – like a FLASH it happens – enjoy every minute!

  4. Lucy Says:

    Naww, she is getting so big! I love the angle on that photo too M!

  5. Sam Says:

    Boy, the kiddo in that first shot looks soooooo much like L! Must be the crinkled-up nose and big, bright smile. Great pix, as usual!

  6. stacey woods Says:

    You go right on ahead and pout!! It all goes too fast, really. I was in the same boat as you a few months ago ~ I didn’t DIScourage Lila but I didn’t do a darn thing to ENcourage her either. (I knew I’d never catch her once she started walking!) Maybe that’s why she didn’t walk until she was 14 months… ha! But now she’s running, talking up a storm, climbing (ohh the climbing is worse than the walking), and wants to do everything all by herself ~ clothes, shoes, and diaper included. “I do dat” is her phrase of choice, in fact. ;)

    Honestly though, there is so much fun awaiting you, Michele. It was a wonderful feeling to walk *beside her* into the library this morning, her little hand wrapped around my fingers.

  7. Michele Says:

    Okay, Stacey. Thanks a lot. You totally just made me cry. That and your recent post about feeling like you had to be super mom. I’m right there with ya, sista. Sigh…

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