And I’m Freeeee, Free Standing

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These babies know what they have to do. They want to be upright, walking. If you set them down on the ground they immediately pull themselves up to standing.

This morning, after a session of holding both E’s hands while she walked around the house, I tried to set her down. I kept trying to lean her backward so she’d sit, but she protested loudly, gripping my hands and refusing to bend at all. I kept leaning her backward while she continued straight as a board until I finally just had to lay her down on the floor, crying. Similarly, when you try to lay M down on the changing table she seems to see it as a sort of challenge: can I keep my legs under me and remain standing while you try to lay me down? She’s good.

I can understand: standing is fun. If you sit on the ground, E and M both come over and use your outstretched legs as launch pads to push themselves up to standing and let go. Then they free stand, looking very pleased, for two seconds, four, five before launching back into your lap, laughing. Or they balance upright for a little while, clap once, and then lower themselves carefully to their knees. You can see the thrill on their faces.

Today I spent time placing M a few feet away from me and then encouraging her to take a few steps into my lap. Almost, but she’s still hesitant unless you offer a hand. One friend postulated that they are the kind of babies that don’t take shaky pre-walking steps, but wait until they know they can do it alone. They know what they have to do, and they’re enjoying the journey.

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20 thoughts on “And I’m Freeeee, Free Standing

  1. Oh boy…..get ready ’cause they’re gonna be taking off soon and then you’re going to be trying to hold them back…….you’re about to learn that parenting reverses itself with every milestone! πŸ™‚ What fun!

  2. What a marvelous snapshot of E? or M?, and only you and D. can tell which with certainty. Both have faces that reveal their inner thoughts; this one is pure triumph. So huggable.

  3. Haha this little curious face is adorable! Sounds like these two are ready to GO! My advice is to get some good running shoes and move everything above waist level in the house! Lol Have fun πŸ˜„

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