This week with Tilly has been a corker. We’ve done little out of the ordinary but for a variety of reasons it’s been one of the easiest and most enjoyable since she was born, very nearly two years ago. It’s made me realise just how far both she’s come and we’ve come as a family. While it’s common to mark the big achievements such as walking and talking, countless smaller but significant milestones pass by uncelebrated, such as the end of crying at certain times of day or the myriad other steps that transform a baby into a proper little person. This post is dedicated to remembering those smaller moments.
Colder, wetter weather is limiting outdoor activities with the little ones but get the boots out and there’s simple fun to be had by squelching down a muddy path. I took Tilly out on a rare sunny afternoon to explore our nearby countryside and give her some much-needed walking practice.
Carrying your child around is a wonderful thing. You hold them aloft and point out the world around them. Yet soon enough they grow and quickly gain independence. Some little ones are sure-footed by a year old, while others like Tilly are content with the efficiency of bum-shuffling and only start to stand and take their first steps some months later. Movement has come gradually for Tilly and as parents we’re only now realising that the days of holding are now largely behind us.
Finally, at 20 months of age, our bottom-shuffling daughter has taken to her feet. It’s very early days yet, so she’s limited to a few wobbly dashes across the floor between mummy and daddy and across the room, but at least we know she can do it. It’s been a long time coming! It’s a relief, as although we’ve been calling her a toddler for a while (in terms of communication she’s up there with a 2-3 year old), it feels like she’s not officially a toddler until she cracks walking. Related post Frustrations of a bottom-shuffler’s father Small steps, amazing achievements
Monday is walking day, when I treat myself to a short period of time off in a week otherwise taken up by entertaining a busy toddler. Having previous been a keen walker, the past 18 months have seen an almost completely curtailment of my walking activities due to the demands of parenthood. I’m thrilled to have time for walks again as part of my new stay-at-home dad schedule. Each week (circumstances allowing) I’ll be sharing the highlights from my Monday walk. It’s an opportunity for some quiet thought, appreciation of nature and with a bit of luck I might get some exercise to boot.
If you go into the woods at Wendover, you’ll find no end of ways to experience nature. Located amongst some of the best of the Chilterns scenery, it’s 45 mins from London by train but otherwise a world away from the bustle of the city. A recent addition has been the Gruffalo and his friends, to mark the 15th anniversary of the book. A special themed trail takes fans of the book through a number of activities in the wood, however time is running out as the special trail closes at the end of September.