Drum-roll, please: Lucia took her first steps tonight! She was standing at the coffee table, eating sliced grapes while I read her Bunny’s Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown, one of her favorites. She was being very cute, doing many of the bunny’s noises and movements—stretching, scratching, munching, thumping. When we finished the book, she pushed it toward me; I was to read it again. This time, when I got to one of her favorite pages, I held the book at a bit of a distance and also held out a slice of grape. She turned from the coffee table and took a step over to grab the grape. She did this several more times, walking toward both me and Andrew to get a slice of grape, taking up to three steps each time. We are on our way!
She’s been loving the Stride-and-Ride lion I got her last week, walking back and forth with it in the living room; yesterday I took the lion with us to the playground, and she walked all around the swings and down the sidewalk, stopping only to pick up enticing leaves and put them in a space underneath the lion for transporting. It seems this assisted walking has given her the right idea. Also, these grapes are exceptionally delicious—red flames from the farmer’s market. Who wouldn’t want to employ a new gross motor skill to get one?
Mountain View—specifically, the Park Place apartment complex on Church Street—will forever be remembered as the place where Lucia took her first steps. On a side note, I’m glad this day will be remembered for something other than the fact that she took only a twenty-minute nap.