Now nine months – going on three years – old, Cullen has reached a stage of independence where he is determined to do any and all things, but refuses assistance of any kind. He is desperately trying to walk, but still can’t quite get past the first few steps. And you know that cute thing that most babies do, where they hold onto your fingers and walk along with you? Not my child! He wants zero help – don’t even think about offering a hand.
I love that he’s so independent and determined, and I am beyond impressed at his early attempts at walking just past the nine month mark. But his stubborn personality and insatiable curiousity have also led to a lot of crashes, and subsequent bruises.
He loves to crawl and climb, and he is finally adventurous enough to take a few steps away from the table or ledge now before he plops back down on his rear. For the most part, he’s pretty good about falling backwards, but there are the few occasions where he slips or tilts of balance, and he ends up crashing forward – often knocking his head on a toy or the wall on his way down. He shakes these off pretty quickly and is right back at it within a minute or so, but I worry that all these bumps and bruises can’t be good for him!
I’m never more than an arm’s length or so away from him while he plays, and yet I still don’t seem to be able to protect him from every bump. I know as walking starts, there are going to be many skinned knees and teary hugs in my future. This is one of those mom things I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to.
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