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.