Mimi has taken her own sweet time when it has come to moving around. She didn’t crawl until 11 months and when I took her in for a check-up at 16 months she had only taken a step or two on her own.
This time around I’ve been much more relaxed about growth milestones and mothering in general. It was clear that Mimi was thriving and doing fine; she just didn’t want to venture out on her own yet.
But when we were at her check-up and her pediatrician suggested that we should x-ray Mimi’s hips if she still wasn’t walking by 18 months I felt the first little niggling worry creep into my mind. What if something really was wrong? Hip problems do run in N’s family.
But then, that very evening Mimi let go of the couch/table/chair and started staggering across the floor on her own, beaming from ear to ear.
It’s been a little over a week since then and she practices every chance she gets, doing laps around the room. Her legs are already more steady and her walk is quickly losing that unsteady, watching-puts-your-heart-in-your-throat baby quality.
Soon she’ll be running.