First steps

February 6, 2017

Exactly one week after my little peanut turned one, he took his first steps.

It’s been absolutely fascinating to witness the process.

He crawls himself over to the windows and practices balancing. Then, once he seems to have the hang of that he turns around and takes a few steps. He also practices walking along the furniture and letting go – or going from one piece of furniture to the next.

He is in the zone – he’s practicing – super focused yet having so much fun!

There are a few things that I find especially amazing.

  1. He decided on his own to start practicing. It’s almost as if he was like okay, I’m going to go ahead and do this now. No prompting from us – he just crawled over to the windows and started warming up to walk with some balancing exercises. Then off he went.
  2. He’s having a great time with it. He laughs when he falls – rolls around, smiles, claps – just having himself a good old time. No matter how many times he stumbles, he just gets right back up. He doesn’t look frustrated or tired or overwhelmed – he just looks so happy, so proud of himself and he is having so much fun.
  3. He plays it safe AND he pushes himself. He gauges distance. He looks around to see what he wants to walk to next, decides and then goes for it. He seems to know what he can for sure do and then he keeps pushing himself a little bit farther.  Sometimes he makes it, sometimes not – but he keeps going for it.  Even after a nasty face plant into his RadioFlyer – he took a brief timeout but then got right back to it!

It’s so fascinating to watch this process. I look at it from a parent perspective and from a life coaching perspective. At what point is that carefree, let’s have some fun and learn this new (and really important) thing lost to us? And more importantly, how do we get it back?

He doesn’t care about “figuring it out,” he doesn’t judge himself or get frustrated when he falls, he doesn’t say f-this I’m never going to walk. When he makes it – he claps, when he doesn’t he just chuckles and does it again.

Such a big life lesson wrapped in such a little package. I’m floored by how much I learn from him every single day.

Emily xox

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