I have discovered something. If you don’t pay any attention or acknowledge it’s occurrence, Olivia will walk short distances without thinking about it. If you exclaim or tell her she’s done a good job, she will stop and refuse to walk anywhere for the rest of the afternoon.
If she suddenly grins [at] you, raises her arms and shakily toddles directly towards your person and lunges into your lap, she is expecting raucous praise, hugs and many kisses.
Her walk is reminiscent of a monkey at the moment, arms up by her face, her whole body somewhat rigid yet swaying with her steps. It’s a process – one she’s slowly perfecting every time she musters up the courage to try again. She had two scary spills (no injuries) two weeks ago and was extremely cautious since then. Cruising only. Rapid, head-down crawling the rest of the time. Only lately has she begun to let go and shakily wobble a few steps here and there.
But only when you aren’t looking.
I’m sure there’s a whole lesson here of getting back up on the horse as it were, but I won’t expound upon it. Baby walks need no deep explanation or thought.
They just need video.