When I look back at Grace’s progress in the past six months, it is hard for me to believe that my little munchkin has transformed from a passive sitter to a highly mobile toddler. At nine months old, Grace was perfectly content to sit in one spot and play with toys. She wasn’t even really interested in crawling until she was nearly a year old. It is possible she did not like the feeling of the cold, hard tile against her knees (the majority of our house has tile flooring). When she finally began moving across the room, it was the bottom scoot that she preferred the most. We would try to put her in a crawling position on the ground, but she would fuss until she could sit down and then scoot along using the padding of her diapered rear end.
When she reached her first birthday and she hadn’t really gravitated toward crawling and walking, I began to worry a little bit. However, it was funny to watch Grace develop her bottom scoot into a one-legged / one-arm crawl. She would use the other leg as a lever and just scoot her way from one side of the room to the other and then pull herself up on a chair or small table so she could stand.
It was around 14 months old that Grace finally started gravitating toward taking some steps on her own. She was confident as long as she was holding someone’s hand or could walk along the side of a couch or table. Right around this time, we also discovered that Grace did know how to crawl on all fours. Jared was the first one to point this out to us. He got down on his hands and knees with her while she was sitting on the play mat in our living room and helped Grace to copy his movements.
Her independent walking finally began a little after she reached the 15 month mark. On July 11, she walked across the room without any assistance. In the months that followed, her mobility has progressed to the point that she’s can walk, climb and dance. She loves tacking stairs whenever she can find them. (We have none in our home, except for a small step that leads into our garage). She learned how to climb up on the dining room table all by herself. We now have to keep all our chairs pushed all the way in. Fortunately, the chairs are too heavy for her to pull out again. She also likes to climb the ladder that leads up to the top bunk of the boys’ bunk bed. This has made it necessary for me to remove the ladder during daytime hours so I don’t have to worry about Grace climbing up to Jared’s bed and getting stuck there while I’m in another room.
Grace also loves to ‘dance.’ Basically, this means she spins around, waving her arms and stomping her feet. She’ll do this whenever she hears music. As soon as the music begins, a big smile flashes across her face, she begins to shake with excitement and then starts to spin around the room.
Grace’s language is also beginning to develop. She knows her basics, “Daddy, Mommy, yes, no, etc.” She’ll also surprise me by putting together phrases such as “see you tomorrow” and “I want a cracker.” In some ways, I can get her attention more easily than her older brother, Luke. She loves to help me clean up by putting objects in containers. She is very good at putting away her brother’s hot wheel cars.
She does tend to gravitate toward boy toys, but she also has some girlie toys that she likes. And she’s recently decided on a favorite blanket. It is hard to take it away from her in the mornings when its’ time to get up and eat breakfast.
Although she is still in a crib, we have already purchased a toddler bed for her and are looking at transitioning her into it at some point before the end of the year. Grace is definitely the reigning princess of the family and is well loved by her older brothers.