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…
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.
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.
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?