One of biggest developmental milestones of a small child is taking those first steps. When exactly that happens is different for every kid, but it’s a milestone I think every parent eagerly looks forward to.
And then the milestone happens… and parents realize life was easier before their offspring were fully mobile.
My little Peanut (who is not so little anymore) started taking unassisted steps shortly before the new year. At first he would take a tentative step or two, fall on his butt, and then crawl to his destination. Then he started getting braver and would walk four steps between the couch and the coffee table. And then he was walking across the dining room.
Now, about four weeks after the initial steps, he’s practically running! He’s no longer content being carried around the house — he wants to walk all by himself. He’s even started walking around the grocery store with me. Sure, he’s slow, but he’s happy being like the big kids at daycare.
I’m proud of my Peanut and love watching his progress. But man, there are days I long for the time when I could put him down on the floor for a few minutes and not have him go anywhere. It was so convenient to be able to lay him down while I went to the bathroom, did the dishes or took the garbage out. We didn’t have to worry about him getting into cabinets, going near the stairs, or pulling everything off the table. Now our house is a giant playpen, with gates and fences blocking off much of the first floor of our house. If I put Peanut down for even a moment, he’s five feet away from me before I can fully stand up.
Even though life was a bit easier before Peanut was walking, at least I’m not at the scariest developmental milestone yet — driving. Only 15 more years to go on that one.
Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.
I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.
When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.