Wednesday, September 17, 2008

No, We Didn’t Fall of the Face of the Earth

We had another child.

Two children in diapers. Two kids with limited language skills. Two humanoids with restricted abilities to care for themselves. So my time is a little…taken.

But, much like many of my readers, I have been chastising myself for slacking off on one of my favorite pastimes…motorcycle riding er, blogging. So, I have a ton of topics to expound on and I will seriously try to post AT LEAST once a week.

Or at least not once every six weeks.

Anyway, here is the first topic that I have “stored” in the vault (and started writing a month ago!)…

When Axe was born (over three months ago!), The Squeak was nearing 16mos and crawling. She was a speed crawler. Much like the Olympic sport of speedwalking, she moved her hips in a funky way and is faster than I can run…almost.

But still, it was only crawling.

Yes, she’d cruise on the furniture; if there was a line of couches from here to Texas, Squeak could cruise there. But ask her to walk (read: take her away from the support) and her knees would buckle like a cheap leisure suit and she’d crumple to the floor in a heap.

I thought something was amiss when, at her cousin’s house while playing with a “popcorn popper” push toy, she would walk behind the push toy. You’re probably thinking, “Well, the push toy was supporting her.” Not exactly.

If she came to an obstacle, she’d pick the popcorn popper up, walk around said obstacle, and continue on her merry way. But remove the push toy and down goes Squeaker, down goes Squeaker.

We were concerned (silly parents), so we took her to an orthopedic specialist. Said specialist told us her legs were strong and she should be walking anytime.

Two days later, she walked four steps. Day three, a baker’s dozen worth of steps. After a two weeks, we had no idea where she was.

Just kidding.

Now she walks everywhere; sippy cup in one hand, toy/blanket/personal item in the other. Sure, we have the occasional trip up (well, frequent, really), but she definitely has her legs under her.

Oh, and you should see Axe! He’s… in the next post.


Blogger Goddess in Progress said...

My daughter was a little like that. Clearly was capable of walking, but didn't want to do it if she couldn't hold BOTH of my hands. Her transitional object was a rubber ball. If she held the big ball in front of her, she was good to go. My husband pointed out it was a little like traveling with an airbag, since that's what she landed on when she fell...

9/18/2008 5:37 AM  
Blogger BritneyMarie said...

Our twins are will be 15 months on October 4th, and they aren't walking either. If they're holding on to the crib or couch the can do anything, walk, lean over, pick things up while still standing and all, but as soon as they let go, they stand there for a second, and then they buckle. It's nice to know we're not the only ones having that problem. :)

Nice to see you're back to blogging too. :)

9/18/2008 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

You've been missed!

OMG Squeaker doesn't look like a baby at ALL anymore. She's more beautiful than ever.

I'm glad you're all happy and healthy and exhausted and all the other things parents are when we have young children....:)

9/19/2008 2:47 PM  
Anonymous momto3cubs said...

Way to go, Squeaker! That'll keep Daddy busy! Are you climbing up on the counters yet?

9/20/2008 12:47 PM  

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