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Weekend walks, because we can October 5, 2010

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As you know from my rather excited post a few weeks ago, C is now walking.

I’m making the most of this and trying to take her out for regular walks with the dog.  Although it’s very slow going, we both have lots of fun.

We see lots of interesting things

And find exciting looking stones and twigs

We even chase the ducks and swans

I love seeing how she finds every little thing so interesting.  I know it turns a ten minute walk into a 45 minute one but soon enough she’ll take all these things for granted, as we do, and I’ll miss the time when a twig was the best thing in the world… until she spotted that stone over there.


Going backwards September 16, 2010

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Do you ever have those moments with toddlers when you feel their development is going backwards?  Of course you must have, it’s got to be normal.  Hasn’t it?

C has just started walking, which is great, but other things, which she did well before, seem to be deteriorating.  Her eating is one of them.  We did baby-led weaning with C from 6 months and it’s been brilliant, I can’t praise the concept enough.  C has always eaten well but in the last few weeks we’ve been having problems when she’s in the high chair. 

She’ll sit and eat fine for a while but then will decide she’s either bored, or has eaten enough and start throwing her food on the floor, or just crying in her chair.  It’s not the upset type of crying, more the tantrum type which worries me as she’s far too young to start having tantrums!

Another thing I’ve noticed in the past 2 weeks is when I leave her with my parents to go to work.  Apart from when I first started back at work when C was 9 months old and in the middle of a clingy stage, she’s always been fine when I leave; giving me a kiss and waving me bye.  For the past fortnight she’s cried when I’ve passed her to my mum so I can leave.  It doesn’t last long – she’s usually ok again before I’ve even got off their drive, but why is she starting to do this?

Is it due to the fact she’s learning to walk and other things are taking a back seat, or is it just a ‘phase’, or something more complex?

My little toddler September 13, 2010

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Finally, C is walking!  She’s been walking for a couple of weeks but in the last few days she’s practically given up crawling and prefers to walk.

She was quite a slow learner; at 10 months she wasn’t even pulling herself up to standing, something which the health visitor was concerned about.  Obviously she wasn’t that concerned as she was supposed to be coming back for a follow-up review at 12 months which has never happened.

So, less than 5 months later, I have a real toddler.  She still walks a bit like a robot but I notice an improvement every day. 

She loves her shoes, my favourites are her wellies.

It’s still very slow and it’ll be a while before we actually let her walk anywhere.  A 2 minute walk over to my parents takes at least 10 minutes when C is walking with me but I don’t care, I love it!  It’s so much better now she’s not ruining every pair of trousers by crawling or shuffling everywhere, and she looks so good in her wellies with a short dress on!