And she’s off!

Stella has been trying out her legs to see what they can do. Having found from an early age that they were pretty useful for kicking with, she earned herself the nickname Kicky-Legs McGee early on. In fact I have a large number of photos of Stella where her legs are just a blur, such is the force with which she is kicking them. I also used to really fear her coming through the ceiling when she was put down for a snooze and she’d just kick away in her cot upstairs…

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That said, it has taken her up until the ripe old age of 15 months to learn how to walk, which she has been building up to over the last week or so. Slacker! But now she has got going, she is verily sauntering about the living room, casually pausing to pick things up. Showboating.


She will take a return ticket to the sofa and back on Shank’s Pony just because she can, although a stray item underfoot is still enough to cause a delay, and can see her go into full on staggering drunk mode.


She hasn’t quite got the hang of the convention of bending and straightening her knees as yet – but she’s happy with her imaginary splints. Perhaps because of her rigid knees, sometimes she sets off intent on reaching the play table, but takes an unplanned detour to the footstool after veering off course unintentionally. She styles it out, though, pretending that was where she meant to end up all along.20150809_114321_resized

The end of every short journey is still met with a celebratory squeal and a round of applause for herself, rewarding her efforts. Of course, we all clap too, so you can’t blame her. We’re probably teaching her to expect an ovation every time she walks across a room!

Jet and I can take her for the odd ramble now, although he finds it hard to go at her slow pace – his legs are at least twice as long as hers.20150810_121849_resized

She really is so pleased with this new-found skill, it is delicious. Of course now it is proving difficult to get her into the pushchair, determined as she is to exercise her latest talent. And it’s pretty hard to catch her standing still, so in pictures every part of her is a blur now – not just her legs.


Jet is very pleased for Stella, of course. But just to make sure the attention stays firmly on him, after each of her trips across the room, he has taken to performing a spectacular roly poly, followed by an exclamation of ‘ta da!’ 🙂 Well, he wouldn’t want to give up the limelight, especially for his sister, now would he?

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26 thoughts on “And she’s off!

  1. Well done Stella, I have a theory that as everyone walks differently when they are full grown and this must be somehow related to the distance between the sofa and the other objects of support in your parents front room. I have never heard of a scientific study of this but I often wonder about it.

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    1. Oh thanks! I am quite pleased about it now, fast forward a few months and I’ll be struggling to get them both to walk down the road at once – you will probably hear my screams of anguish all the way in Australia too! 😉

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  2. This sounds so exciting, squeals and claps, she must be so cute to watch! I think this is all a little way off for me (at least I hope so, she’s only 8 months), but I might not dread it so much now, if she’s possibly going to do cute things like that with it 😀 #twinklytuesday

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  3. Ahh bless her, I remember when my son found his legs could take him a’walking and nothing stopped him, it opened up a whole new load of possibilities and trouble 😀 thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst hope you’ll pop along again! X

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  4. Love Jet’s reaction lol. Well done Stella, isn’t it lovely when they find their feet, but not the fights about wanting to walk! I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t able to take pictures of their little lady!

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

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