Tentative Feet Make the Loudest Noise

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At eighteen months of age, Cian finally started walking.

7.29.14. Tentative Feet. Cian hands feet

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I’d like to say we weren’t getting concerned but–sorry, Key–we were. He just started crawling so much earlier than the girls we figured…well, we thought…

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He took his own time, as they do, as you know. He liked to be held. He enjoyed the view from our vantage point (the sights! the sounds! they’re all so clear!). He could move more quickly on his hands and knees, toes scraping the ground as he scurried around furniture and up stairs and under tables.

7.29.14. Tentative Feet. Cian crawling

He was sneaky about it, when it happened, our little ninja walker. Behind closed doors, only to fall butt-first onto the carpet as soon as we made eye contact. He took steps toward his sisters, so they got to see the first ones, but he’d cock his head and smile at us when he thought we’d caught on. What? he seemed to say. Nothing to see here, ‘rents. Really. Not yet.

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The first steps became forays across the room, from one couch to one relieved fall onto another. Those became hurried trial runs, with hands up, and giggles, and last-minute sprints into our waiting arms. They became not-so-secret bow-legged struts around the house, Cian ricocheting off walls, using the dog as a reluctant safety net.

7.29.14. Tentative Feet. Cian starting to stand

He did it.

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And his words, too, are coming now. With the growing confidence in each hesitant step, so does the talking. Sounds are becoming names, grunts have become identifiers, conversations are becoming two-sided. Slowly, steadily.

7.29.14. Tentative Feet. Cian standing 2

It’s happening.

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Maybe it takes more patience sometimes to gather the courage, to make sure it’s padded around us like an imaginary life jacket.

7.29.14. Tentative Feet. Cian standing

But it will happen, the first step will be taken, and there are sayings about objects in motion–because otherwise we have to stay on the ground, waiting for somebody else to pick us up. And how is that as much fun as taking the leap ourselves?

7.29.14. Tentative Feet. Cian walking

toddle toddle toddle GO.

 

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