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Milestones? I got your milestone, Mommy!

Two days ago, Soëlie started letting go of walls and furniture to brave the world Without A Handhold.  After two steps, though, she'd either fall or lose confidence and crouch down to crawl.

Today, she decided she could do more.

With a tiny tin cup plastered to her mouth in drink position--I don't know how she could see, and maybe she couldn't and that was what gave her confidence to just keep walking--she took about ten steps from the kitchen counter towards where I sat at the dining table.  By the time I grabbed my camera, turned it on, and started dialing up the ISOs, she had already sat down.

I praised her and cuddled her for a little while and then got my settings right on the camera.  I put her back by the cabinets, and she rewarded me with seven more tottering steps. I know there were seven because I have the video to prove it!  First steps unassisted: 12 months. Hooray!  Tomorrow I have to try to get the video online for her proud papa. Too bad he is working in Paris at the mo and missed this momentous moment.


( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Go, Soelie, go! Next she'll be running :)

- D
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Aww...
Walking is cute, but little ones running with their stubby legs is so adorable. :P
Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
She's pretty excited about it, too. ;)
Nov. 3rd, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Hahaha - you only thought you were busy before. Now that she's walking, look out!

(Go, Soelie!)
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
She has fun keeping me on my toes, that's for sure.
Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
Hooray for accomplishment!
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
She is in an accomplishing mode these days. :P
Nov. 3rd, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
Raviv took his first three steps a little over a month ago on the Jewish New Year :) I'm proud of him for beating Soëlie, since she beat him to all the other gross motor milestones! :P Now he's up to about fifteen at a time, but he still much prefers crawling. He likes to take his time with such things. Hallel, on the other hand, just took right off as soon as he figured it out at fifteen months, which had us all astounded considering his disability. :) He is fearless!

Nov. 3rd, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
Everyone always says, "Just wait until they start walking; you'll never get a moment's rest." I thought it was bad enough with her crawling everywhere. Does it really get worse? :P
Nov. 3rd, 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
Not really. But you may find that all the Things you have moved to higher ground out of her reach, will need to sneak slowly upwards... and upwards...

Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
We haven't moved that much for the moment. We've just been trying to get her to understand what she can and can't play with. We are not always very successful. :P
Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
You should see our bookshelves. The two/three bottom shelves are empty or randomly scattered with toys and baby books, and all the books we don't want destroyed are piled precariously over the top... :D

We figure it's better to keep an environment where we don't have to constantly say no. That way we can choose our battles and not have to watch them every second, and they feel overall more positive about exploring and it gives them fewer chances to purposely get our attention through negative means.

It took us a long time to babyproof because Hallel wasn't particularly mobile until around 11 months or so. Fortunately, once you get used to it and the house is set up that way, you don't have to do it again for subsequent kids (unless, of course, they are spaced 3-4 years or more apart...).

Nov. 3rd, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
WOOT! The world awaits, Soëlie! I hope your mom is up for it! :)

(Lia likes running around with a plastic flower pot in her mouth, covering her eyes as well. The two have mutual hobbies. ;) )
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'm trying, I'm trying.

L and S are like little cousins. >;} L is older, so I expect her to be a good example.
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Aehmmm, I wouldn't count on it. :p
Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Excellent! :)
Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, our little girl is growing up. It seems they all do that. :P
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
You wait. Before you know it, she'll be asking to borrow the car ;)
Nov. 7th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear J missed it. :-(
Nov. 8th, 2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Yeah. We figured that would happen. Before he left, she would take two tottering steps between us, from one to the other, so at least he got to see that.
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