WHY IS EVERYONE RUSHING WALKING?
What is the most exciting thing that has happened in your life?
Today I experienced a new kind of highlight that has nothing to do with my own happiness. But let me walk you through what I mean….
Anjali is now 15 months old. For the last 5 months straight people have pestered me about if she has been walking. I dreaded going to mommy and me classes, with the other mommies pondering why she wasn’t walking yet. It was like nails on a chalk board to me. If you have or are experiencing these milestone questions, read on as I figured something out that may just help make you feel better!
SERIOUSLY, WHAT’S A MOM TO DO?
You can’t force your baby to walk. Period. I had the baby doll strollers, the grocery carts, the walkers, every tool and trick to try and get her to walk so I could make sure she fell within everyone’s definition of ‘normal’. I wanted to scream! My baby is normal! My baby is happy! My baby is healthy! My baby is progressing at her own rate. CAN’T YOU JUST ENJOY MY WONDERFUL BABY TOO?
THEN IT HAPPENED!
My husband and I were playing in the yard with Anjali when I decided to put some shoes on her to show my husband how ‘cute’ they were. All of the sudden I let go of her and she just walked to my husband! My breath caught in my throat I was so surprised and happy. It is such a miracle to think that 15 short months ago she was completely dependent on us for everything and now she had gotten her wings to fly!
MY NEW VOW
The bottom line I have learned from my journey through milestone mayhem is that I vow never, ever to ask another mom the question I dreaded: “What is your baby doing?” Let’s celebrate the beauty of each baby right where they are at in life. As long as your baby is showing developmental progression, seriously what’s the rush?
And one last tip I have witnessed in my journey is that those babies that crawled for a longer period of time seemed to go right to walking without crashing and falling much. Those toddlers around us that walked early definitely went through the ‘toddling’ and learning balance stage. Both work! SO…. for those of you moms that are fretting, take heart, I have been where you are and I implore you to cherish every cuddle with your baby and to get down on the floor to enjoy the crawling as once Anjali started walking I realized how much I missed her in my arms!
READY? SET. GO!
Is there a question that people would ask you during pregnancy or about your baby that would drive you nuts?