A couple weeks ago, Tom took his first steps.
And it was an exciting day for all of us, as we were about to go out of town without him and I just KNEW he was saving those first steps for my parents instead of me.
But he didn’t, and he took steps.
(Good job, Tom. I knew my brownie bribes would work!)
So when we returned from our trip, I expected my little man would be walking around all over the place.
And then a couple of people told me that if he’d taken his first steps, he was just DAYS away from walking.
And then I thought, well surely he’ll start walking NEXT week.
Or the week after?
And then strangers would comment on what a big boy he was and would say things like, “I bet he’s walking all over the place!!”
And then a couple people tried to tell me, “Oh, well once he does start walking you’re going to wish he wasn’t.”
I want Tom to walk. I have this crazy thing where I like my child to advance and grow and thrive.
(I’m insane! I wanted him to crawl, too. Nuts!)
So even though I know there is a large window of when babies start walking, and Tom is still within that window — I feel like he should be walking now because he took those first steps already!
Stop being a tease, Tom!
For a couple weeks after the first steps, I couldn’t even get him to do any walking. It was like he tried it and deemed it totally overrated. He brushed it off and there was nothing his stuffed elephant or I could do to change that.
And then! He started walking.
On one condition: That he was holding my finger.
That’s right, Tom can walk. But he wants to hold my hand while doing it.
And if I try to slyly slip my finger out of his grasp, he will immediately sit down and give me an accusing stare.
His stare gives me shivers. So I give him my hand back.
So then he’s tricked me again, because there aren’t too many things sweeter than your baby boy demanding you hold his little tiny hand for a walk around the yard.
He’s trying to make me forget my wants!
Am I going to forget that I want Tom to start walking soon?
Am I going to be content if he holds off just a little while longer?
But don’t tell him.
I don’t want him to realize that he wrapping his hand around my finger means I’m wrapped around his finger.
That’s just confusing.