Saturday, 5 January 2013

Step By Step

Well, it finally happened.  One of the minions finally surpassed the cat in terms of superiority.*  That's correct...just shy of five days before they turn 17 months, someone walked.  All of that time spent walking up and down hallways holding hands and bribing them to take a step to daddy baited with the promise of Smarties have finally paid off.  We decided a long time ago that we weren't above bribery or trickery in parenting, we wear it like a badge.

Both kids have creeped and crawled for ages and we'd thought we were on the verge of first steps for months now, but with the toddler room just over a month away** it was time to  take our efforts up a notch on "Operation Walk".  Both babies are really fast crawlers and haven't had much motivation to take things to a homo erectus level.

Late this morning Miss Molly got up from a seated position from the centre of the kitchen floor, with no assistance, using nothing but raw core strength*** and took three steps towards me - our definition of true first steps.

We officially have a toddler on our hands, and as we clap our hands to encourage Molly to continue walking I realize that there is one less baby in the house. Silent tear shed here.  In the coming weeks there will be a whole new level of toddler-proofing that I'm sure we are highly unprepared for.

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*Although both children have a vocabulary of 5-15 words, the cat is still better at communicating with Chris and I than the children, no offence to Molly & Jack - we have a very smart cat.
**Complete with the mirage-like promise of cheaper fees.
***No help from mom, dad, furniture, the wall or her brother's head to stand.


  1. Yay for Molly! You totally thought it'd be her that walked first! I hope Jackie's not far behind!

  2. YAY! Good Job Molly!!

    Good Luck Sara! Your house will never be the same, hehehe...