10/3/08

Attempting to stand on her own


Changes and advancements have been coming so thick and fast lately that I'm having trouble keeping up with the posts. I have had a couple ready here and there that I just had to eliminate, because she moved onward and upward to the next stage too quickly!
Here she is wearing her squeaky shoes from China for the first time. She has been resistant to two things in the sartorial department: hats and shoes. Mostly hats, of course. Because, as we discussed, hats are evil. But shoes were verboten as well for a while. Finally, I started having her wear the soft leather slippers that Heather sent. Those were enough like socks that she allowed them on her feet...that, and they have little ladybugs on them, which she loves!
Well, after three days of the soft shoes, she suddenly didn't mind the squeakies. Normally, I have her do walking practice barefoot, because I think it helps her to find her balance...feel out all the tiny bones and muscles in her feet. But I figured, if she was going to allow them, I'd let her get used to the shoes today, and see how they squeak.

She was lookin' pretty happy about the whole shebang.


You can just see from her stance and her expression how far her confidence has come in the past few days alone.

And then.....

....this was the moment that she let go. Look at the concentration on her face! This was her first time letting go without me sitting directly in front of her for moral support.

A few seconds later, she tipped just a tiny bit backward, and scared herself.

Normally, she'd be right back at it, no crying involved. But she was already overdue for her nap at this point, so........

10 comments:

Alyson & Ford said...

Great progress! Love the concentration and smiles!

Alyson
Celebrating 18 days as Mommy to Alyzabeth!

Vivian M said...

YAY Flynn!!!! She will be walking before you know it, and I get the impression running is not too far behind either!

sarahthefantastic said...

You eliminated some posts? Totally unnecessary and perhaps cruel to your readers.
I love how you are inside her head so well! She is so expressive and you are so attuned. Very lovely.

Yoli said...

Wonderful progress!!!! So proud of her! Of Maia, how totally adorable she is!!!

Diane said...

It's so cool to watch how excited they get by standing alone, and taking steps...and then in no time, they're off and you can't stop 'em. Flynn is adorable.

Cavatica said...

Who can resist the squeaky shoes! I love that romper, BTW. You go, QQ!

Stefanie said...

Look at her go! I love that series of pix, how sweet is it that you were able to catch such a milestone on film!!
What a joy it is to watch her blossom...

Chrissie Larkin said...

In the words of H and I..."Oh yeah! Alright! Oh yeah! Alright...Go Flynn It's your birthday!" I am not kidding!!!!! :) hahaahahah

Margaret Miracle said...

How Wonderful!!!!

My Heart Beats In China said...

Hi Maia,
Flynn is just so adorable! Love that she is a Baby Lulu fan, because so is Kira. The photos of Denver are stunning and the glow of motherhood is so obvious on you. By the way, the "calming effect" is just what I felt when we brought our baby home. Still I gaze at her in total wonder, thinking how could such a small baby, put such a huge smile on my face and fill my heart with so much joy? Probably part of motherhood and I hope it never goes away!

Well, just wanted to check in with you all.

Love,

Ivy