she walks


Today, it finally happened. Lotus walked, all by herself. No hand holding, no candy corn bribes, she just totally did it. And once she started, she was making the rounds all over the entire house, every room, non-stop. The kid has endurance.

Now, I realize this is a completely normal milestone for kids. But this day is extra special for us and we've waited an extra long time to see these first steps. I didn't blog about this before because I was too sad about it (and I felt a lot of guilt) but last February, right after L's first birthday, I fell while carrying her and broke her leg. It was horrible. It could have been worse, absolutely, but I had to carry this little girl into the doctor's office and get x-rays and it was not a good time. I later found out I had cracked my own ribs from the fall, but that was nothing compared to seeing my little girly in pain, in a tiny pink cast.

Understandably the broken bone delayed the whole learning to walk thing. But we didn't know how long it would take. (She is nearly 20 months old - lots of toddlers are walking by their first birthday.) Our doc assured us that she had healed completely, that she would be perfectly fine and would walk in her own time, but I talked him into referring a physical therapist, and ironically her first visit to our house was today. She just came to observe Lotus while playing and asked me a bunch of questions. So no real therapy occurred today, but that's apparently all it took.

Bo got home from work and we did our usual pass back and forth, 'walk to daddy, walk back to mommy' (which usually isn't all that successful.) But then I sent her down the hallway and that was it! She was so graceful, and fast, and could go really far without falling down. Fists clenched, brow furrowed with concentration. It was a sight to see.

We went out for ice cream to celebrate.

And I can't wait for tomorrow. I'll know be chasing her everywhere. :)

26 comments:

  1. oh stop! you'll make me miss that part. sigh. YAY LOTUS!

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  2. she is adorable. so glad she is up and moving.

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  3. awwww....such a great milestone...congrats to Lotus!! she looks like she'll be running in no time!!

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  4. You must be such a proud mama! There's nothing better than seeing them achieve their major milestones. Love the wee Vans!

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  5. Way to go, Lotus!

    It's so amazing when they become so independent. Savannah now just walks over to the pantry, pulls it open, and helps herself to a snack whenever she wants one...okay, maybe it's not so fun. But amazing nonetheless :)

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  6. as we say in France when something good appears, a good good news
    hip hip hip hourra!!!!



    xxxxx

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  7. jen, that's wonderful! i knew she could do it! before you know it, she'll be running everywhere and you'll forget you ever spent months worrying. congrats on lotus' big milestone!

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  8. woooo hooooo lotus!!!! now she can wear in her vans!! i had to laugh b/c ella was 22 MONTHS before she walked!! so i know exactly how you feel (sans the guilt - that's so sad, i'm so sorry). but every night at my house was 'boot camp' where it was 'go to mommy, go to daddy'. isn't it wonderful? i'm so happy for little lotus. she'll be able to go trick or treating. (-;

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  9. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy:) So very cute.

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  10. Hooray!! I'm laughing because didn't we joke that as soon as the therapist showed up she'd walk? Too funny.

    What a relief and a joy for you. Those first steps are always magical, and they must be doubly so for you guys. Love the pictures too--so glad you captured it! Can't wait to see her go.

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  11. omgoodness she is so cute!! I love her shoes! :)

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  12. Oh, Girl! I have tears! I love the pic with you in the background...smiling from ear to ear! Congrats on this important day! Lotus, as always, is a DOLL!

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  13. That is awesome!! She is sooo adorable!!

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  14. Oh, that is so exciting! And she is as adorable as could possibly be. You are in for a whole new kind of adventure now! Congratulations..your little girl is growing up:)

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  15. That is excellent!! So sorry about the guilt you felt.

    I'm so paranoid that I will fall while carrying my little guy.

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  16. I got all teary on that pic with you in the background.
    I know your Mama heart is proud today.
    She is a beauty!

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  17. Ohhhhh. I opened this in my Bloglines and had a huge smile on my face.

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  18. post video! i loved that stage!

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  19. YAY! She's so cute. She's going to wear you out!!!

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  20. oh sweet baby girl!!!

    Lotus is a lil' darling...have fun chasing her Jen! Sweets.

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  21. that's awesome. great new mama!! :D

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  22. oh girl!! that is so amazing! She was trying to tell you, "I don't need a da@# therapist"..."I can walk on my own just fine, thank you"

    She is too cute!
    :P
    B

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  23. * blinking away the tears * and bursting with long-distance pride. what a fabulous day. go lotus go!

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