To say it’s been a while is an understatement – I’m not sure where to start! The biggest thing that has happened was that Vivian started walking independently in January. I don’t think she has stopped since! It seemed to come out of the blue – her babysitter was playing with her, trying to get her to take a step to give her a hug. Viv was having fun and didn’t realize that she was taking a step, then two, then three and so on to get to Becca. Her motor planning came together and in typical “V T” (Vivian Time) she was walking on her own. At just over 4 years old, the day so many of us have been waiting for happened.
I am a teleworker and happened to be on a conference call when she took her first steps. When Becca came to my door and told me, I promptly excused myself from the call and proceeded to scream and cry and laugh and smile. To this day I still tear up when I tell the story or even think about it. I know I always will, as my daughter’s ability to walk is something I don’t and never will take for granted.
There is still much more work to do. She cannot walk up and down the steps independently, she has not yet mastered the art of standing (or sitting down) from the middle of a room. Nonetheless, walking is her favorite thing to do, so she is getting lots of practice in! Joy radiates as she walks, smiles and waves to everyone. If you’re lucky, she may even blow you a kiss.