Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lots of new skills today!

After being too timid to actually walk with her new walking toy yesterday, Leah decided to go for it today! I cleared a path in the living room and put it in front of her...she took a few steps on her knees...and then got up onto her feet and kept going. I turned the walker around and she went the other way. And back and forth and back and forth.

I figured that if she was enjoying it in the apartment without much space and thus a short way to go each time that she'd be psyched to go in the hallway. Nope. She was truly unhappy with me when I brought her and the walker out in the hall. She crawled around; sat and pouted; and then decided to get a move on. She climbed up the stairs (there are 5 steps in the hall between us and the elevator). Then she turned and tried to go down arms first...I stopped her. We've been working on how to go down steps in baby gym class. But she hadn't seemed to grasp it yet. I showed her a couple times in class today and then a couple times in the hall by moving her legs to go down the steps basically the same way she moves them to go up the steps. All of a sudden it clicked...and she went down the stairs...easily and pretty quickly.

Of course I always stand directly behind her as she does it, but I let her go up and down and up and down. And then suddenly she decided she wanted to walk. She got up behind the walker and went down the hall. Other than veering off to the left a lot, she was very good at it. And every time she'd get close to the wall I would push the walker a bit and get her back on a straight path. She went back and forth and up and down and back and forth. It was lots of fun...and very tiring.

Calmer earlier in the day...hanging out and feeding the baby:
Then Leah got moving with the walker:
Walked it right into Rusty's lap...and gave him a little pat on the nose to apologize:
Turned around and went back the other way:
Out in the hallway...learning to climb down the stairs:

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