On the move.
July 14, 2010

It’s true what they say: walking happens so fast.


Sorry about the blurry images; these are from the point-and-shoot.  I’ll post better photos when I upload them.  Also, please pardon the laundry on the bed!

The first five or six months of Charlotte’s life were not particularly exciting as far as milestones go.  Oh, she found her toes and she flopped from belly to back periodically and she grinned when I made silly noises, but for the most part babies that young are motionless blobs.  Cute beyond belief, fun beyond comprehension, stinky more often than one would think possible, but also motionless blobs.

Then things started happening.  She began to slither on her belly from place to place, toy to toy, doting parent to doting parent.  She started to crawl and scoot and sit down while turning herself in circles.  She slid herself backwards off furniture and pulled herself into a standing position using other furniture.

Suddenly, she was cruising, moving between doorways and couches in a surfer pose.  Before I knew it she was taking a step here and a step there, launching her body forward like a rocket, investing the utmost trust in us that we would catch her.  And catch her we did.

All of those milestones happened so gradually, however, that it is difficult to really wrap my mind around how quickly walking began.  One day, she just got up and walked.  There was no prelude, no rocking on all fours, no weeks-on-end of waiting.  She just stood up and caught her balance, something I had no idea she could do, then erupted into a giggle and tottered across half a room.

Now she can walk on any surface, navigate around small obstacles, and parade about ‘walking her puppy’ for hours.  (Donald made her a leash out of plastic links and attached it to a plush dog which she totes everywhere.)  She wobbles and tumbles, but she stands right back up and keeps on going.

I feel like she is growing every hour, changing every minute, and I can hardly keep up.  What am I going to do when she figures out that she can run?


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  1. By lceel on July 14, 2010

    She is just adorable.  And now ... MOBILE!!!  Next thing you know, she’s going to be taking pictures of YOU.

  2. By gretchen from lifenut on July 14, 2010

    I love the stompy Babyzilla moves of brand new toddlers. Congrats on this momentous milestone!

  3. By Crystal on July 14, 2010

    Yay! This is the stage my little bird is in now too and it is so fun. You are right - it seems like it happened over night.

  4. By on July 14, 2010

    Way to go Charlotte!  The photos are so cute and I love that Donald made her a puppy to walk.
    Once she is running you will be wanting a crash helmet for her (if you didn’t want one already) and you will thankful for your bed at the end of the day.

  5. By agirlandaboy on July 14, 2010

    Yay Charlotte! You’re a pro!

  6. By Christy on July 14, 2010

    YAY Charlotte!!!

  7. By erin on July 14, 2010

    !!!!!!

    Running is super-cute.  Hannah thinks it is the best, most fun thing ever.  Especially when I ask, “Where are you going?!“ - she runs away from me giggling hysterically so I can chase her.  Running is awesome.  (For now.)

  8. By Cambria on July 14, 2010

    Hurray Charlotte!

    Keep those running shoes on, Sarah!  Once they start, they rarely slow down.

  9. By on July 14, 2010

    She is sooooooo cute! Walking ahhh!!! I can’t believe how fast they grow. I still get a little teary eyed when I see my 11 month old get up and walk across the room and make his way up a couple up stairs to our living room.

  10. By Jake Reeves/Burlingtonbaby.net on July 14, 2010

    Thank you for the wealth of information you have to share. I find it interesting how little things seem to change over the years raising kids, it always seems to be a different era yet all the basic concepts seem to stay the same. I have two children myself and I was one who didn’t want children fromn the start but I wouldn’t ever want to not know them now that I do. Once again thanks for the good read.

  11. By Jen - Devourer of Books on July 14, 2010

    My little man is right around this age too, he started walking like crazy a couple of months ago and now really doesn’t ever crawl anymore for any reason. I *love* the idea of the doggie for a toddler to walk, I think Daniel would love that after playing with his Nana’s doggie recently.

  12. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on July 14, 2010

    wow!!  Walking already?  That’s amazing - and great pictures to prove it!  :)

  13. By Tiffany on July 15, 2010

    YAY!! So cute! I don’t think Bubbette is ever gonna walk. She just LOVES to crawl!

  14. By Cynthia Krajcarski on July 15, 2010

    HOLY SHIT!

    OH-EM-GEE!

    I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!

    Itty, bitty, tiny, little piece of heaven is walking.

    Well, blow me down.

    And I guess she’s not that little anymore.


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