I don’t know if it is more exciting because it has taken so long for her to start walking or if it is incredibly anticlimactic because it has taken her so long to start walking but either way, here she is walking without a bribe or without any coaxing.
And just like everything else with motherhood, the minute I stop forcing the issue, the kid decides to do it. Now if I could only figure out how to stop “forcing the issue” of stop throwing all these ridiculous and unnecessary tantrums and grow up already with Patrick…
here is another couple videos of her ever so cautiously taking one. step. at. a. time.
Sometimes I think about what the kids will think about this blog when they get older…
Two decades from now will they be scoffing at what an awful mother I am because (a) I didn’t scrapbook for them and instead chose the less crafty and time consuming option of blogging OR (b) I broadcasted for all the internet to see every milestone in embarrassing detail. How insensitive I must be to their fragile pysche. In this specific instance, will Elise feel misunderstood because I was not thrilled and filled with wonder when she finally took those belated, first, unassisted steps. I can just see her reading this thinking, “Doesn’t my mother understand I was waiting to make a dramatic and grand entrance?!”
Whatever their reaction is to this blog when they are teens, college age or grown up, I hope they understand that I did this so that someday they can know what they were like as kids and this will help them understand why their mom needs an iv drip of merlot to get through the day!
Oh readers… were you expecting another sweet video of her walking because I said, “here is another couple videos…” Sorry to mislead you. When I wrote that I had every intention to upload another video but when I went back to upload another there wasn’t any more. Twice. That was all she would do. It has been almost 16 months and she has only actually walked two times. Sorry adoring Elise fans. You will have to come back another day when the Princess is feeling more up to entertaining her public.