A Four Horse Race

After the babies celebrated their first birthday, many people began asking if they were walking.  Not quite yet.  However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t giving it the old college try.  Each of them approaches mobility in their own way,  practicing their skills daily.  It’s a joy to watch their little triumphs.

Rylin is fantastic at balancing.  From a seated position, she can rise to her feet, bend down and come back up again.  We see her cruising from pieces of furniture and pushing toys often.  Most of the time she lacks courage to take steps, but I think she’s capable.

This is Rylin's favorite walker, but she also likes the shopping cart, activity table, and turtle.

This is Rylin’s favorite walker, but she also likes the shopping cart, activity table, and turtle.

I think Harper has been wanting to walk since he was about three months old, which is when he first started wanting to bear weight on his feet.  He also balances really well and pushes toys all over the place, including non-push toys like tables.  He hasn’t gotten the moxie to take steps either, but is so proud of himself when he walks holding one of our hands.

Harper really looks like he wants to walk, but taking steps is intimidating stuff.

Harper really looks like he wants to walk, but taking steps is intimidating stuff.

Sydney isn’t keen on standing without support, but she pulls up onto everything and cruises everywhere.  Her favorite activity is circling the coffee table or galloping along the fireplace.  She becomes territorial and protests when other babies invade her space while she’s doing either of these things.

Furniture gives Sydney a nice security blanket.

Furniture gives Sydney a nice security blanket.

As of today, Mason is the only one brave enough to take unassisted steps.  Much of the time he becomes over excited and bounces or leans forward, putting a halt to walking.  He is also well versed with push toys, including pushing toys on his knees.

Wheeled toys are the best for pushing.

Wheeled toys are the best for pushing.

Given the evidence, who do you expect to become a  skilled walker first?

hugs,

Amber

PS- There’s a video on Facebook of the babies in action!