My baby has walked into toddlerhood

The best part of having more children is that it gives you perspective on all the things you did, and obsessed about, with your first child. With my first, I was obsessed, among a lot of other things, with getting her to walk. I wanted her to walk because everyone around me seemed so interested in whether she was taking her first steps. If walking was a milestone that guaranteed I was, at least, doing the best I could with her, I wanted her to walk, desperately.

IMG_0125-e1349835381248 My baby has walked into toddlerhood
My little walker almost a month ago.

She didn’t start walking until 14 months. I thought this was such a big deal at the time. But now, I realize that she was right on time for when she needed to begin walking. 14 months is not 14, so rather than worrying so much about her not fitting what most babies around me seemed to be doing, I should have just focused on celebrating where she was and not rushing what would happen eventually.

But that’s hindsight 20/20. If I could, I would write a book of all the things I did as a new mom that I wish I could take back. But I can’t and won’t. Instead, now as a second time mom, I’ve learned from the lessons back then and am more than okay with allowing my children to develop at their own pace.

This is the attitude I adopted when my second daughter took her first steps almost two months ago. She was 10 months old then. She’s now almost one and walking more than crawling. And just last week she started to pick herself up from her falls without looking first for supports nearby.

This is amazing time, but it’s also kind of a weird time. She’s still a baby, but she’s almost a toddler. Well, she is practically a toddler. So this means that rather than having a toddler and baby, I have two toddlers. I have an almost one year old (her birthday is this week) and a two year old. I feel like the old me would have been terrified at this prospect. But, I’m not. From my time as a new mom, I’ve learned (and am learning) to take things in stride. I’m excited about having two toddlers. Or, at least that’s what I’ve been saying in the mirror daily to psyche myself out about what this all really entails.

Anyone else out there with two toddlers? What lessons have you learned in your journey as a parent to two?

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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I have a nine year old, and I too worried and rushed so many things and now I see I missed the most important wich was actually enjoying seeing him grow. Now as a new mom for the second time ( nine years, you forget everything) my 14 month old is at that stage of walking and standing on his own. I am so sad he is growing so fast before my eyes, but at the same time so happy because this time I haven’t missed anything. I am enjoying the ride. It amazes me how much he learns everyday.… Read more »
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