11 Sep

Halia is exactly 10 months old today.  (How can that be?) Guess what she did for the first time?

I should have a picture here, but I didn’t get one because I was preoccupied with the fact that she wouldn’t go to sleep and you would have seen her tear-stained face and the snot running out of her nose and, well, it wouldn’t have been a great picture, anyway.

I was on my third unsuccessful attempt to put her to bed.  Laying her on her back in her crib and leaving her screaming for a minute, I came upstairs to see if Michael would be willing to “wear her down“.  Since the dog needed to be walked anyway.  He readily agreed, so I went back downstairs to get her.  And what a surprise when I opened the door.

Folks, Halia was standing up in her crib!

It’s not that she can’t stand up.  She’s a full-fledged “cruiser”, going from one chair to the next in the kitchen with aplomb.  She can stand independently for a minute or more when she’s not too distracted by the next toy she’s after.  She’s even taken a couple of independent steps.1

So why was standing up in her crib a big deal, you ask?  Thing is, I left her on her back.  Yes, most babies learn how to roll from their backs to their stomachs between 3 and 6 months.  But Halia has never done it.

I didn’t see it happen, but it doesn’t matter.  She was on her back when I left and she was standing when I came back.  She got herself off her back.

Yep, it’s the beginning of a new era of mobility.

While we’re on the subject of mobility, here’s a preview of the next phase:

1. While we’re in brag mode, I might just add that Halia can crawl so fast that I have to race to save Nanuq’s water dish.  Also, she no longer cries when I put her on her tummy because she can push herself up and into crawling position before you could even say, “Bob’s your uncle.”  (Not that you would say that.  Why would you say that?)  She can even crawl all the way up the stairs, which she figured out last week when I realized she’d never been exposed to stairs before.  It took her two tries, once at home and then she “got it” in the cabin of the sailboat. Wow, I sound like a first-time mom or something. Do you get more jaded by the third, I wonder?

8 Responses to “Milestone”

  1. Idania September 12, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    What a wonderful family moment! I especially love hearing children laughing…it’s the best sound in the world!

  2. allmycke September 12, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Can I send this one to my son to kind of clue him in to the fact that I want grandchuildren…?
    This put a sweet smile on my face!

  3. Bubblybunny September 12, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    Wow!! Little Hiccup is just starting to do what Halia is doing and he’s 1 year old!! Awesome!!

  4. Barbara September 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    Are you trying to tell us something? (last sentence)

  5. Nai-Nai September 13, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    wow! when she was in Germany, she always tried to hold up and walked. Both you and Num skipped crawling step.

  6. opa September 13, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    Sure it wasn’t them mischievous monsters who helped her up to play a trick on you?

  7. Beanie September 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    Hmmm… But didn’t you get “Jaded” with the first one?… (I know – totally not laugh-worthy, but I just couldn’t resist the pun.)

  8. Lindsay September 14, 2009 at 4:01 am #

    Never! Your children will always amaze you! And me! Way to go Halia! And great encouragement from big sister Jade! xoxo

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