Jake and Joe are walking! They had been cruising around furniture for quite some time but hadn’t felt brave enough to step away until the day Colin and Warren went snowboarding. Then they decided that they could stand up from the middle of the room all by themselves. After that it was just a matter of time before they took those first few steps unassisted.
And they couldn’t be more pleased with themselves. When they first started, we’d clap wildly whenever they stood up or made any advancement. Pretty soon they would stand up and immediately start clapping their own hands with gigantic, goofy, happy grins. And they’d inspire one another to greatness, too. If Jake stood up to walk, Joe would look at him and quickly get up to go, too. It was a good system for progress.
They are adorable to watch. One friend commented that they walk like a couple of wind-up toys– stiff legs and clunking feet. Each day gets better and they look more stable. Now you can even find them chasing each other around the hallway-kitchen-living room loop, in slow motion, of course, screeching with delight. It doesn’t get more entertaining than that.
The boys are nearly 18 months now, so this development comes on the later side of the spectrum. Since they were born nearly 2 months premature, we expected this sort of delay. It’s the reason why they (like Maddie) qualified for Early Start therapy. So I’m grateful it’s finally happened. It’s a relief to know that they are progressing and will eventually catch up.
Way to go, Jakey and Joey! Now you can keep up with your big brother and sister.