Sometime around the 14 month mark, Scarlett started walking. To be honest, I actually don’t remember her “first steps”. I do clearly remember one day, at a time when she had taken the odd step or two now and then, that she suddenly walked a series of 3 or 4 steps across the lounge and Daddy C and I just looked at each other in surprise, because we hadn’t been expecting it.
From there it was just a gradual process of becoming more confident, and slowly transitioning her first choice of movement modality from crawling into walking. By 15 months, walking was the mode of choice, with a funny little waddling run thrown in now and then. I quickly forgot what it was like when she DIDN’T walk and she continued to gain confidence.
Off a-waddlin at 16 months
I’m not sure I can explain why, but as soon as she started walking, I started enjoying motherhood with her a LOT more. I struggled with life with a baby, but I LOVE having a toddler! She is so fun, I love that she can get to where she wants to go by herself – she is less frustrated and is able to communicate better, because anything she can’t say, she can just go to or point at, and it helps immensely. I love when she goes and chooses a book she wants and bring it to me to read – she is no longer just a receptacle, a recipient… she has her own ideas of what she wants to do and play with, and it’s so much more fun.
Her language also continues to grow and grow. I made a little impromptu list on her 17 month birthday, just out of curiosity and as a kind of keepsake.
However, no sooner had I written the list, than it became redunant. She is becoming more and more of a little parrot every day. The things she comes out with these days continue to amaze me. She also has a couple of sentences: she says “it’s a ___” or “that’s a ____”, for example: “itsa cat!” or “that’s a mummy”. She also says “where’s ____?” while holding her hands out in an extremely cute little shrugging gesture and searching for the mentioned item: “where’s bowl?” or “where’s minna?” She’ll say things I didn’t know she can say quite unexpectedly and both blow me away and crack me up at the same time… such as when she threw the flash cards all over the floor and then said “itsa mess!” Hahaha yes, why yes bubba, it IS a mess!
She is an energizer bunny, she gets up at 6:30-7 am, has one nap and is often still going at 8:30-9 pm at night. She has the funniest, zanniest little personality and it is so awesome watching it develop as she gets older. She is such a little girl now… and I am loving it! 🙂
14 Months Old
15 Months Old
16 Months Old
17 Months Old
Today on her 18 months birthday 🙂