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Her First Sign of Independence

One of the reasons that I wanted to be able to work from home was so that I was able to watch my little girls grow in front of my very eyes. I never wanted to miss a moment or milestone.

Now that Avery is officially mobile, she is crawling everywhere around the apartment. She’s sees something she likes, she no longer cries until I give it to her. She’s taking the initiative to go and get it herself. Just one more step into independence.

This morning while I was working at my computer, Harlan was in her room playing with her toys. Avery was in the living room with me on the floor playing with her toys. Something must have caught Avery’s attention because before I knew it she was crawling quickly into her bedroom to find Harlan.

I watched from afar as she found her way to her big sister to sit and play with her. Usually, it’s always Harlan that is initiating the interaction. This time, it was Avery.

Both girls sat with musical instruments playing along. Harlan was singing in her microphone while Avery was shaking (and chewing) on the shaker. It was the first time that I have seen them actively playing together on their own without me having to be involved. And you know what? I absolutely loved it.

Little by little Avery is becoming more independent and less reliant on me. I know we have a long way to go until she is fully capable of doing most things for herself, but this was the first time I saw that she didn’t need me. What she needed was her sister. And she did everything in her power to get to her. On her own.

When was the first time you noticed your baby becoming more independent?

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