10 months and 4 days. Only ~3 steps, but she repeated it 3 times. I've been told after those first initial steps they become a "walker" very quickly. And I'm also told that everything forever after changes. I must confess, I'm skeptical. She can already pull herself up on everything and has been for months now. She already gets into everything she can possibly reach. As far as I can tell, the only thing that will change is that she'll move faster (a negative, mind you) and that I don't have to carry her all the time in public. Because a baby crawling around on the floor of a restaurant is inappropriate, but a baby running around is simply annoying.
I've been negligent, apologies. I guess you could say I've had writer's block. Or, alternately, you could just say I've been happy. I tend to use this blog for two things: to commemorate MJ's life, and as a place to vent. I haven't felt much need to vent of late, and MJ keeps me too busy to spend much time reflecting. As in, really, really busy. It is vindicating when even her daycare talks about what an extremely high energy child she is. She's great at entertaining herself, if I let her entertain herself the way she wants. But once she sets her sights on something, all hell breaks loose. Like, say, her love of baths. Meaning if she gets a peak at the bathtub she puts all her energy into climbing into it, eating the soap and grabbing for my razor. And screams bloody murder if I interfere with her. I've been told that parenting at this age is mostly about distraction, but she is not easily distracted. Headstrong, as my mother in law put it. Very, very headstrong.
It helps that she's such a loud child. I can be in another room and hear exactly where she is and what she's doing. And my saving grace (on rare occasions) is the happy squeal she lets out when she sees something that is not supposed to be available to her is. Like, if the door to the downstairs is open, or the lid is off the dog bowl. The gleeful squeal is unmistakable, and I then know to run to wherever she is.