He Walks!

Well, last Thursdayish, Gelato took his official first steps. Four of them. Right to me. Atta boy.

He’s been working on it ever since, never taking more than one or two steps before gently folding his knees and reaching for the ground. His grace is quite amazing. I am glad we followed Janet Lansbury’s advice in regard to his physical development. (This links to an index; all the articles are amazing. Anyone having a baby should read them and follow the advice. Just sayin’.)

Yesterday he taught himself how to climb down the stairs. I knew he’d do it soon since he has been able to climb up the stairs for about a month. It was only a matter of time. So I moved the gate up to the 5th step so he can practice coming up and down without being in danger. (Here’s why I didn’t teach him to do it on his own, and why I trust him to be safe now that he can.)

Today I was sitting at the bottom of the steps and he was crawling around near me, practicing petting Riley, examining the screws holding the heat register to the wall, and standing up and down over and over with a goofy grin on his face. Finally he used my knee to push himself up to standing, turned around, and walked four steps over to the stairs like it was no big deal. He’s a walker now.


  1. Rachel said,

    August 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Kim I have never heard of Janet Lansbury, but I have been trolling some of her articles now that you’ve mentioned it and it’s all so interesting!! Thanks so much for a great resource. I’m always so nervous William is “behind” on physical development, but he has proven time and again that he will do it on his own terms – when he’s ready! 😉

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Glad you found it interesting! It was definitely hard to just hang back and let him do stuff… especially when he was barely even crawling at 8 months old (Hula Girl crawled at 5 months!)! But now that I’ve seen him do stuff so gracefully and WELL the first few times he attempts it, I know it was the right way to go! 🙂

  2. August 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    awesome! its great to see you just ahead as this may be my 3rd but he is my first ‘RIE’ baby so its been so different to be really conscious about not pushing Miles and giving him more time,space,freedom! lovely to see how your LO has evolved in his own time, its a great thing to watch and know they are getting their independently!

    • August 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Yes, Kate, you’re right about that! I find the most difficult thing about it is to keep Big Sister out of the way. She really likes to “help.” And you have two little helpers! 🙂

  3. August 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you for your lovely and generous recommendation! So glad you are seeing the brilliance in Magda Gerber’s approach as I did and still do with children now 20, 16 and 11. I can promise you won’t regret this… it keeps on giving!

    • August 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      And thank you for all your kind advice and thoughtful articles- especially because you put so much emphasis on the “how-to” rather than just on the theory. Your blog has been most helpful! I recommend it to my friends ALL the time!

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