As of yesterday, baby Paul is officially a one year old. And even though it was his birthday and not mine, I feel like I received a gift too. Friends, he did something on his own that we’ve been working on for a really long time.
You see, Paul has been just a tiny bit delayed on some of his gross motor skills. We’ve been working twice a month with a professional, learning and gaining techniques to help him get to where he needs to be (no pun intended).
One of the things we’ve been concentrating on has been his ability to put all his weight on his feet. Standing up on his own two feet is not one of his favorite things to do by a long shot. In fact, he’s very content to sit on his bum, or even rise up on his knees to grab something out of reach. But stand on his feet? Never!
But last week, it happened.
The kids and I were in our basement playroom just hanging out blowing off some energy before bedtime. Without any prompting, baby Paul crawled over to the standing height train table, and pulled himself up onto his feet to get at the toys!
My 8 year old daughter saw it first, and yelled for me to come quick and take a look. Sure enough, there he was standing up, with the most beautiful grin on his face. I think he knew what he just did, and he was as excited about it as we were! Overjoyed and so ecstatic, next came a series of baby high-five and pats on the back.
Paul, I knew you could do it!
So here’s where we are at today. Baby Paul is crawling like a crazy baby, and has finally started to pull himself up on furniture. Next up? I’m guessing that would be cruising! And while I don’t like to put due dates on milestones, I’m betting it will only take a couple weeks or two before he starts taking steps around the furniture.
All in good time, all in good time.