But then this happened:
cruising, but this is oh so much more enthralling, in case you can't tell from our laughter in the video. Not as funny? She went from walking a few steps around 5:30 to walking all the way across our dining room by 8:30:
And, I'll tell you my secret. Though I knew she was still perfectly within the developmental range for walking (I had read somewhere that any time from 9 months to 18 months is normal) and her nurse practitioner had no worries, I was getting a little impatient about the whole thing. There was that naggy little voice in the back of my head saying, 'Shouldn't she be doing this by now?' I mean, she will be 15 months tomorrow. And although most moms were not fazed by the fact that she was not completely mobile yet, I did get the occasional eyebrow raise that indicated she is a little late in the walking department (honestly, most of those eyebrow raises were dads. Interesting, isn't it?) This reaction would then get me started on how she is simply cautious and that while she hadn't hit this milestone yet, she is excelling in the verbal department.
So, now that she is walking, I can put my mama bear defenses away for now, and start putting baby gates up instead!