Saturday, April 27, 2013

Walk On

Every time I watch Robin stumble-walk across a room, with her arms out like a zombie and her cloth-diaper bum sticking way out, I hum in my head, "the red, red robin goes bob, bob, bobbing along." She is really making great progress and wants so badly to keep up with the children around her (Abby and visiting friends). Hailey still prefers to practice walking only when naked, or just a few steps at a time. It is so sweet to see them learn and feel so proud of themselves. It is even better to offer an enthusiastic, "WOW Robin, look at you go!" and see that big grin spread wider.

I derive great comfort from knowing this is not the last time I will watch one of my babies take flight into the world of the walking. It is such a sad chapter to close, babyhood, and once a child begins walking, pointing, using words to make sense of the world around her, she has begun the transition from mama's baby to her own personhood. It is beautiful to see the bloom, but there's always a part of my heart that wishes newborn snuggles and nursing sessions were forever. 

Thankfully, I get one more victory lap with a baby all my own this summer, and I promise you I will do  everything short of emotionally stunt his/her growth to keep my baby around forever. In the meantime, I am offering my finger to little fists to hold as they learn to put one foot in front of the other and take off.

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