One Small Step For a Man…

March 23, 2007 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Robert took another major developmental step last night. And by that I mean he literally took a step. Yup, at around 7:15pm last night, Robert took his first steps. And just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he repeated the feat two more times.

The first time he did it he caught me off-guard. He was standing in front of me—itself a milestone he reached only recently—chewing on a toy. Usually he does one of two things while he is standing: he panics and sits down; or he lunges to the nearest person or couch. This time he did neither. He looked at the couch I was leaning against, took two solid steps, and on the third step he was there. It happened so fast I thought maybe I was calling “steps” what really should have been called “stumbles”. Just for fun, I called up grandma and said, “Hi mom, Robbie and I need a ruling from the judge.” I told her what had happened, and asked, “Did he just walk?” She said that it sure sounded like it. I wasn’t quite convinced that I wasn’t just exaggerating the memory in my mind.

Robert must have sensed my doubt. Determined to prove himself, he took a couple more steps after I got off the phone. But these weren’t very pretty steps. Certainly not as pretty as the first ones.

Right before I started getting him ready for bed I gave Robert one more chance. I stood him on the floor, backed away, and knelt in front of him. Sure enough, boom boom boom, in three steps he was in my arms. And these were good steps. It was confirmed: my son can walk. Sort of.

At ten months and six days he is on the early end of first-steppers, but he isn’t off the bell curve or anything. (According to my mom he’s got me beat by three whole months. Apparently I was quite content to drag myself around on my belly. My sister, on the other hand, took her first steps at ten months.) It seems like he has changed so much in these past six weeks. I can hardly keep up with all of his new abilities and behaviors. His first birthday is two whole months away. I can’t even imagine how much different he’ll be by then.

Unfortunately, The Missus wasn’t home for Robert’s first steps. No worries, though. She doesn’t have to work today, so hopefully Robert will show off his new tricks for mom. Robbie has never been the shy type, so I don’t think it will be a problem.

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Mrs CU March 23, 2007 at 1:14pm

One small step for Man = new race for Man’s Dad (and Mom)
No more just keeping an eye on Man; it’ll be a race to keep Man from going places you don’t want him going.
Enjoy the exercise!

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