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Thursday, June 2, 2011

I'm not ashamed to admit I was excited.

All your comments yesterday rocked my face off. You guys are so awesome. And so kind. I just feel all sorts of love from you, so thanks....for your support, for following me along this journey, and for just being awesome.

You know what else is awesome? Emeline is walking. Please, hold the "your life is over" comments. The best [read: most annoying] comment I've had so far was from a single girl, no kids, whom I went to high school with telling me, "Oh boy...get prepared." Okay, I'll get helmets and knee pads. Don't fret.

Anyway. We had been waiting for the day. A few days before her 1st birthday she took about 5-6 distinct steps, all on her own, in the living room. We were SHOCKED. And stunned. And certain that she'd start walking any day. 

But? Those steps she took? Freaked her the heck out. Big time. 

She went WEEKS without taking a single step. In fact? She would get straight up angry if she knew that I was attempting to get her to walk. As in, throw down to her knees type-thing. I get it. She wanted to walk in her own time.

On Tuesday night we were doing our nightly after dinner living-room playing. Eme was hanging out, standing with her hand on the wall...and I saw it. This look of confidence came on her face, and she let go and took a few steps to Declan.

We praised her, and hugged her. We wondered if this was it, or just another fluke.

So we got into position (ahem), you know, dad and mom on either side of the room, kneeling on the floor, talking squealing in hyper-parent-voices, willing our child to go back and forth between us.

And you know what? She did it, lots of times.

You can bet your butt that we cheered, and shrieked. Our girl, our baby girl...she's walking. It's totally an exciting time for us 1st time parents and I'm not ashamed to admit it.




Since Tuesday night? She's getting a little bit more confident every day. I can see the pride beaming from her little face, and it makes me happy inside.

Like my husband said last night in the car after hearing the sweet "Da-DA" chants from the backseat..."Babe? Why doesn't everyone want kids?" I hear what he means.

Not to be all cheesy and stuff (too late, I know) but, I have to say, it is all these moments that make it so worth it.

39 comments:

  1. Those firsts are sooooo special!
    Even as I mine get older (5 & 3), I'm amazed everyday at something they've learn to do. It rocks!

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  2. Fun!! (New follower here.)

    One of my major peeves as a parent is that at every single stage someone has said something along the lines of "Just you wait!" Kid rolls over... just you wait until they crawl! Kid crawls... oh boy! Just you wait until they walk! Kid crawls... just you wait until the start walking!

    It's always said negative like my life is going to get progressively worse. But you know what!? It hasn't! It's gotten progressively better with every step along the way. My kids are now 3 and 4 1/2 and I LOVE IT! I've loved it all. And I look forward to the teenage years so I wish people would stop telling me what a disaster it will be.

    Ok. Hi! I'm Laura and I get on a soapbox every once in a while haha. The walking stage is tons of fun! Enjoy it!

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  3. What a great video of Emeline! Don't worry, once they start walking, it gets even better!! It opens up a lot more that you three can do together, so shame on people making a big deal about it!

    Btw, love the new background on here! oh, and good luck with your photo editing! :)

    -Steph

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  4. clarifying: "shame on people" comment is towards those that are making it out to be the end of the world! haha.. It's fun, people!!

    -Steph

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  5. I loved it when my 13 month old started walking! She was like Emeline too and could do it but was scared until one day she just decided "Hey I like this walking stuff. I can carry lots of stuff in my hands." So yeah. Congratulations!!

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  6. I must agree that it is pretty darn annoying when other people rain on your parade with those cynical, know-it-all comments. Yay for walking!

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  7. Yayay emeline! The only thing I wasn't prepared for when seeing my little man walk was the feeling of my heart about to burst out of my chest! That first week or month..ha.. brought on a lot of it!

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  8. So exciting! Way to go Emeline!

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  9. I'm with Laura. You'll get it for every stage. The worst for me was when my daughter was starting to talk. Everyone kept saying "once she starts, you'll wish she hadn't". Give me a break. I love every minute of it. All the new things they learn just make it more and more exciting. HOORAY for Eme. Next she'll be running and jumping and dancing. It'll be amazing.

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  10. You're family melts my heart. Seriously so exciting! And congrats on getting to stay home with Eme... that is awesome news and I am sure you will enjoy every minute of being with your girl :)

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  11. PRECIOUS!

    My in-laws are the WORUSR about doomsdaying baby milestones. Every time we try to share something fun and new Kitty does, they start up with the "just you wait" - drives me frakkin' crazy. Apparently, they didn't get the memo that my baby NOT doing these things is cause for alarm...not the reverse.

    Makes me want to poke them in the eye for diminishing her accomplishments.

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  12. It's so cute how excited she is when she walks!

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  13. HOORAY!!!!!!! that is so exciting!!!! Such a proud moment, I know! Enjoy every moment and CONGRATS on being able to be a stay at home mom! I'm envious! ENJOY!!!!

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  14. YAY YAY YAY!!! Congratulations, Eme! And Mommy and Daddy! That is THE sweetest video! She's all wobbly and bobbly and just so stinking cute. I hate to wish time away, but? I can't wait for Carter to walk... Like someone said, it opens up a whole new world for them! And for you!! :) Yay B Family!

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  15. Yay!! She's adorable!! congrats!!

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  16. Big stuff happening over there these days!! It is such a proud moment for everyone when they start walking! Yay Emeline!!

    One of my very best friends in NY has been married for years and has no desire to have kids...I have on multiple occasions talked to her and literally cried to her because I just can't imagine not wanting kids! They bring so much joy and just change everything about life. I am still praying I can talk her into it one day...so I totally agree with Declan's comment!

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  17. I couldn't agree more! It is those moments that make all the hard times worth it! That was so sweet of your hubbs to say too, awesome daddy/hubby you have right there!

    Congrats to Emeline! And honestly? When my first started walking... it was actually a hell of a lot better in our household. She was more independent, more entertained, etc. So I dont understand when people say, "Oh no! She's walking! Be prepared!" Duh. Its a part of life and it IS something to be excited for!

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  18. Cute video of Emeline...love when they first start to walk...so cute!

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  19. Yay for Eme! So fun. Remember how she is walking now, and in two weeks? Completely different walker again! That was when Connor figured out how to stand up on his own after falling. Their little butts in the air trying to get up is precious! Enjoy this time :)

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  20. oh my goodness, I'm so excited for you! This is a huge milestone! I always feel that when they start walking they go into the "big kid" category. I know I'll get all excited and emotional when Giada's time comes too

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  21. Go Eme!

    It's the best, isn't it? I still remember when Cass and Gabe first walked. They look so pleased with themselves.

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  22. You're full of exciting news over here this week! Way to go Emeline! :) I am so glad to hear you have your helmets and knee pads ready too, lol! I'm about up to my neck in the "you just wait" comments about having two kids so close together, the way people talk I don't know if we'll make it out alive! :)

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  23. yay!! :) congrats to your little sweetheart

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  24. yay shes walking!
    i have to admit that i stay as fit with out working out chasing around my two year old. once they walk they ONLY want to walk!
    xo
    KATY

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  25. Love it. All of it. SUCH an awesome milestone!! :D

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  26. Goosebumps! That's What this post has given me honestly.
    Everytime I read your blog I feel like I'm reading a fairy tale.
    It is so nice to see they do come true to some people.

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  27. Goosebumps post...and it just keeps getting better. The past 6 months with Mia have been amazing. Once she turned 1, she kept reaching more and more milestones and now she is communicating, creating thoughts, knowing her routine, etc. The other night, when she was ready for bed, she just went to the stairs and started calling out my name and Night, Night. She decided she was ready all on her own. So amazing! I just love that kid and couldn't imagine my life, this life, any other way!

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  28. YAY EME!! And I heard all those comments too, as if walking was going to turn my sweet baby boy into a monster. They get to be so much fun when they really get going. It opens up a whole new world of fun things to do.

    And I 100% agree with your hubby. Kids are so fun.

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  29. Aww! Congrats to Emeline! Her excitement and determination to walk is so cute! :)

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  30. SO many wonderful things happening in your life these days! Look at her walking! And you have every right to be so proud to be able to have the choice to stay home with little Eme. What an exciting new chapter!

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  31. That is awesome! My daughter was behind in walking (15 months) but when she did it she went. I am so happy that Eme is a walking beauty now too :) It's so much fun the things you can do with her now!! Congrats to everyone!!

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  32. L and I watched this together (and you know, as usual, repeatedly) and he and I were both grinning cheesily (yes, that is a word). He yelled, "Yay, she can walk!" :) Go Eme!

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  33. It made me crazy when people asked me if E was walking yet, I'd say no, and they'd tell me to enjoy it while it lasts. Or now when I say yes, they say "it's all over now". Um first of all, I wanted her to walk because she weighs a ton and I'm tired of carrying her thanks, and now? I love this stage. People are so negative.

    Get it Eme!! I love how she's walking with that slight smile on her face. She knows she's doing good!

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  34. Love your blog, I have been meaning to leave you a comment for weeks! I gave you a little shout out in my blog tonight! Great decision to say home with your daughter! Soak up every minute with her!!!

    http://chantelmann.blogspot.com/

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  35. Oh my, she's such a sweetie. That's awesome to catch it on video!

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  36. Awww, how sweet!! I the Eme has two great and prepared parents!! (Sorry, i know this post is old, but I'm behind!)

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