Believe me, I know. And I've done my best to be patient. I've tried not to worry. After a developmental evaluation in June, I felt somewhat reassured.
It's just really hard not to focus on milestones. Especially when every other baby - even much younger - around you is hitting them. And you have a firstborn who reached milestones like she wrote the darn textbook herself!
I have just found it kind of hard to deal with ... there are some complicated emotions (and head games) wrapped up in how your baby develops!
And so this is really just for me to look back on and think, "See, it did happen ... why were you so worried?"
Just after her first birthday, CJV started a very cute army crawl.
At 15 months, CJV graduated from inch-worming to knee crawling.
At just shy of 19 months, we finally experienced another breakthrough, and CJV starting cruising and taking a few steps. However those steps have been few and very wobbly ...
At the zoo trying to keep herself from falling backward.
Oh, how I love that look on her face!
And here she is later that same day at an outdoor concert.
The music and dancing with her big sister was a great motivator.
She took a lot of single steps and a fair share of spills.
But each time she got back up with a look of determination on her face!
In the past month, we've also seen her climb just about anything in her path ... she would spend all day going up and down the stairs, scaling the bookshelves, and getting onto the couch.
She also enjoys building her upper body strength with pull ups ...
I love the discarded kitchen towel on the floor!
Drum Roll, please ...
Almost six weeks later at the age of 20 months, I think today we can officially say that CJV is walking! Apparently, she read my email last night because I was commiserating with another mom whose 20-month old is using a walker. I was feeling very discouraged and wondering if Charlotte needs more support/therapy to get her walking. And so, what does my little peanut do? Of course, she starts walking. I swear, it's like she knew!
And tomorrow I am determined to capture that delightfulness on camera!