Ever since Eva took her first real steps last Thursday she has been walking more and more every hour. Literally. My jaw is dropped in amazement at how quickly this development has happened.
For the first few days, she would walk mostly only if we coaxed her and held out something really enticing to walk to. A few steps here and there. Then, she started letting go of furniture on her own a little more and a little more. Every once in a while, I’d noticed that she had moved from toy box to counter or something – with no sign of returning to a crawl. And yesterday, through the afternoon I really noticed that she started getting braver and braver and braver.
While she isn’t entirely steady on her feet and there is an awful lotta tumbling going on around here it seems that she is starting to choose and prefer walking. Yesterday evening, we were playing out on the grass while her daddy was cutting the lawn and she was bound and determined to walk to me. The ground was uneven and she was unsteady – toppling over after every single step, yet she insisted on getting back up and walking to me one step at a time.
Starting on Sunday or Monday she started to work on getting herself to standing on her own without holding onto something. Often, if she has something in her hand, she seems to be able to stand up and balance better. Is this common? It was the same when she started standing unassisted. As long as she had something in her hands, it was like she forgot she wasn’t holding onto something to keep her steady.
Now, after a few days of practice, girlfriend has perfected her method of standing up. Interesting. But it works.
At the rate she’s going, she will be running by the weekend.