12/18/08 - My baby girl is turning into a big girl.

A couple nights ago, Makenna and I were playing in the floor where she now likes to pull herself up on my chest and lean on me. She has been doing this for the past week or so, maybe a couple of weeks, and she has gotten better and better at being able to pull herself to a standing/leaning position. I do believe that simply standing up is her new most favorite thing to do.

Let me go back several months, probably 8 or so. Since she has been able to support her head, she has always been able to support her weight on her legs. If you stood her up and let her feet touch a solid surface, she would straighten her legs and be kind of wobbly. You couldn't let go of her for a split second because she would fall, but I found it interesting that she was able to do that at such an early age.

Since then, every once in a while, in an attempt to help train her muscles, I would let her wobble and fall (safely, I always caught her or made sure there were plenty of pillows blankets and soft stuff to pad her falls). She never really did get the hang of it, but eventually she learned how to always fall backwards, and always land on her butt instead of just falling straight back.

So the other night, I thought it would be fun to do that again and see if anything had changed. Well, to my surprise, she stood there....and stood there....and then about 5-10 seconds later, she finally fell backwards. At only 5-10 seconds, that isn't a big deal, but the big part of it was that as she would wobble, she was correcting herself and standing back up. She did take a step at one point, but it was not intentional and it resulted in an immediate collapse.

That is going to be our new game now though since she has figured out how to pull herself up, I'm going to start letting go and helping her train those balance muscles. Considering that she has yet to crawl and starts crying if she is on her stomach for more than 15 seconds, I'm pretty sure she will be mobile via walking well before she crawls.

Cristi got pictures of all this going on, and possibly some movies, but since I'm at work, I don't have access to that. I'm sure she will put them up on her website in the next couple of days.

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