Walk This Way
Avey has been working on building up the courage to walk for quite some time now. She’s walked around holding onto furniture, our fingers, our pant legs, walls, and anything else, and can stand up for several minutes at a time. But for some reason, she just doesn’t want to take steps unsupported (physically, not emotionally). For several weeks, she’s looked about like this:
Her record so far is 6 consecutive steps. We’re sure that if she just decided she could do it, she’d be all over the place getting into who-knows-what. But for now, she’s content with getting around under the support of others.
I guess that’s cool. For one, we don’t really need to chase her all over the place any more than we already do. Two, before long she won’t want me to carry her, so I’d better soak it up while I can. And third, even though she can do it on her own, I’m glad she seeks the readily available supports. We Americans are so focused on independence and doing it ourselves that we sometimes isolate ourselves. I’m glad to see Avey doesn’t mind admitting that she’s not quite ready.
And before we know it, she’ll be walking all over us.