Giant leaps into the unknown

He really did have crawling down pat, my boy. He started with a commando crawl at 10 1/2 months and just after 12 months he started getting his bottom up with his weight on his knees and was cruising around furniture and the like. But he’d still drop down to his commando default setting regularly, swishing across the floor when the task called for him to pick up the pace.

He won’t be far away from walking, bystanders said. I was confident they were right. But as the months wore on, there were no steps in sight.

By January at the age of 15 months he started to take a few solo steps from one safe place to another. From his favourite chair into my arms. Not long now …

But as more time passed, it became evident that although he could take steps unaided he was a little afraid to. He was very aware that by letting go, he was taking steps into the unknown. He would dig in his heels shake his head. A smile would creep across his face.

Last week he was staring down the 18 month mark, I was resigned to the fact that walking was still going to be a way off. He had been gradually growing in confidence, a few more steps from here to there. Holding on to one finger and leading us to the place where he wanted to go.

And then last weekend, a major break through. He was stepping off on his own and then on Sunday, the definitive moment – at the park he set off waddling across a wide open space, arms robotic in front to steady himself.

It was such a great moment, so long coming, that I was cheering, clapping and tearing up all at once.

And so another new stage begins – my toddler is actually toddling! He is still a little unsure at times, and those knees that are calloused from months of use are still getting a work out, but he’s taken the leap now and there’s no stopping him.

It still takes me by surprise to turn around and see him walking with his arms stretched out in front mummy-like, grasping on to the air with a look of sheer excitement on his face . May every leap into the unknown bring him as much joy.

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7 thoughts on “Giant leaps into the unknown

  1. well done Jarvis!!! I know exactly where you are coming from Bel and I also know how joyous it is to see him upright.. So let the next stage begin xx

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  2. Woo hoo clever boy. My niece and nephew were both 9 month walkers and my little man crawled early and started furniture walking at 8 months. We had high hopes for early walking but he was past 15 months when it finally happened. My cousin’s perfectly normal healthy girl didn’t walk until 2. They really are all soooo different.

    I love a new walker so freakin’ cute. Enjoy this new stage.

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  3. When Belinda said they were coming down for the weekend, I secretly wished for Jarvis to walk while he was with us so we could finally witness those steps that we were longing for him to take! So it was with such relief and sheer joy that we were able to do so, each attempt was a few more steps. He especially seemed to relish in the open space and natural beauty of the park in Brunswick Heads. It was an experience we will never forget with his arms out reached in front of him he was off to explore the world of the unknown.

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  4. Since there is so many fields of scaliepties that I have a choice of, I still really can’t choose one. So I am going base on my personal experiences. My original goal back in high school and maybe even before that, was to work in a Neonatal ICU! I had a brother that passed before he had his first birthday from heart complications, and that year I spent a lot of time at hospitals with my parents. My goal the first couple of years was to work with babies just like him. That was until I had my own children, I would of still loved to have worked in that career field but the heart ache I would most likely endure when one of those babies did not make it home. I could not have handled!On to more positive experiences, I have worked with the elderly and Geriatrics interests me very much. Being surrounded with people that have lived a fulfilled life is so much more rewarding. Even though at times it is the ending stages of their lives, and it is sad when someone does pass. It’s less of a heartache to know that most of the time they are ready to move on. They are still very dependent on you and when you are able to help them with their needs that’s the most rewarding of all, plus you form a special relationship with the patients and their families.

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