October 19, 2006

High Steppin’

Something clicked inside TheMonk this week.

Perhaps it was the beautiful weather.

Maybe Jupiter was aligned with Mars.

Or it could have been the sight of one little Swee’Pea walking about.

Whatever the reason, TheMonk took his first steps tonight.

We were playing together. TheMonk standing at the exersaucer while I sat on the floor about two feet away. Suddenly, TheMonk turned to face me. I could tell by the look on his face that he was contemplating history. I held out my hands and beckoned with encouragement. “C’mon, Monk! Come to Daddy!” He let go and then leaned toward me, his feet staying anchored to the ground. He fell forward like a giant (okay, a little) sequoia. I caught him, wrapped him in my arms and praised his effort. “Good job, Monk!”

I then re-positioned him and beckoned him again. This time he took a step and, once again fell into my arms. He laughed as I kissed his chubby cheek and showered him with praise. Again, I re-positioned him to try again.

This time, he looked into my eyes and I smiled an encouraging smile. I held my hands out so he would feel safe. He looked at me again, wanting reassurance that I was going to be there. “C’mon, Monkey! You can do it!” And then he did. He took three little steps with his little chubby legs and dived into my arms.

I scooped him into a large hug as Mommy and myself yelled “Yay!” TheMonk was so proud as he laughed out loud at his accomplishment. His little body shook with laughter then he melted into my arms. I kissed him again.

We tried a few more times, but he was clearly done trying for the day. As he went off to play I couldn’t help but think how quickly my little babies have become toddlers.


  1. Applause for TheMonk!!! Watch out, Swee’Pea, your brother is going to give you a run for your money…

    Comment by Deanna — October 20, 2006 @ 12:31 am

  2. Wow….walking and no binkies. The kids are getting so big.

    Comment by Hygiene Dad — October 20, 2006 @ 4:25 am

  3. Congratulations! Always a milestone!

    Comment by RJA — October 20, 2006 @ 7:07 am

  4. They’ll be running everywhere soon. More exercise for Mommy and Daddy. It will be lots of fun.

    Comment by Julie — October 20, 2006 @ 7:41 am

  5. hey! congratulations! what big milestones you’ve hit lately! they really are toddlers now. hope you’re prepared! ;)

    Comment by laurie — October 20, 2006 @ 11:30 am

  6. Yay Monk!

    Comment by Melissa — October 20, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

  7. Yay for him!

    Comment by Amy — October 21, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

  8. You know why he started walking, right? To. Get. To. The. Binkie.

    Kinda like why did the chicken cross the road, but not.

    Comment by samantha jo campen — October 21, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

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