Baby Steps and Battle Scars

All of a sudden, the boy is taking off!

Finally, the answer to that annoying question is yes.  Why, yes, he is walking.  A lot.  All over.  Thanks for asking.

He took his first steps about a month ago.  There was a big celebration, announcements were made, celebrities may have been called.  This is it, I thought, now he’s off!

Only… he wasn’t.  After that first night, he became completely disinterested in the whole thing.  He refused to even try.  People were starting to think I had made it up, and secretly thought I had finally flipped it.  I was pretty sure I would have to send him to kindergarten on his hands and knees.  And then…

He started taking steps again. 

Backwards. 

Yep, that’s right.  My baby walked backwards before he really tried that whole forward motion thing.  Did anybody else’s baby do that?  He thought it was hilarious.  He would laugh while I held my arms out to him, and back away.  Don’t worry about mommy’s ego, honey, just leave me hanging.

Learning to walk is painful.

Now, all of a sudden,  here we are… He’s a walker.  He hardly crawls at all any more.  He’s doing his little drunken sailor dance all over the house, getting into more mischief and mayhem than ever before.  It’s amazing how fast it went.  Sure, there were some falls.  He has some battle scars.  It wasn’t like he just stood up one day and took off across the living room.  But somehow, I’m still surprised.  I wasn’t quite ready.  I liked the way he crawled.  I’d meant to get it on video.  Like most parents, I’m celebrating his accomplishment while lamenting about how fast he is changing.

I keep thinking, where did my baby go?

This afternoon, he staggered after me and put his hand in mine.  Together, we walked slowly out of the room, and the sadness faded.  I love that feeling of his tiny little hand in mine, the way he grins up at me.  This walking thing… maybe it’s alright.

But you can bet I’m taking lots of video.

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5 Responses to “Baby Steps and Battle Scars”


  1. 1 Erin Pyle (@erinjeany) December 3, 2009 at 12:30 am

    aawww! How old is he? We just went through the same thing! Elijah started walking alone at 9 months but then stopped and didn’t do it again until 11 months. Now he just turned 13 months and he RUNS everywhere. LOL! I can’t believe how quick they grow up! ::tear:: I need to take more videos!!!

    • 2 Rachel Rene December 3, 2009 at 12:37 am

      If I could, I would DVR the whole thing. It feels like none of the little moments are long enough… except at 2am. Then I’d gladly hit the fast forward!

      J is 14 months now… I can hardly believe it.

  2. 3 Erin Pyle (@erinjeany) December 3, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Me again! lol! Hub just read your post and he says that his grandmother said his dad took a few steps and then didn’t walk again to almost 18 months! They all do it when they are ready. :)

  3. 4 Katie December 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    LOL! One of the funniest things I ever heard a comedian talk about was babies learning to walk. I wish I could remember WHO it was that said it, but the guy compared toddlers to having a drunken elf around the house. They stumble around and knock shit over and laugh like they invented slapstick. It’s AWESOME! Lol!

  4. 5 Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings December 4, 2009 at 7:02 am

    They do grow so fast and you have to catch those moments on video and camera as quick as possible or they are on to the next step! Trust me, as the mom of a 3-year old, I know!


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