Wednesday, November 21, 2007

William's First Steps

William has been using a walker for quite some time to strengthen his leg muscles for the big day when he would take his first unassisted steps. A slight shuffle forward wasn't enough, our criteria ("our" being my husband's) was that William had to take at least three steps in a row to warrant any milestone marking.

Well today he did it. Hooray.

To be honest I expected more fanfare. I mean first steps! That's like the milestone of babyhood. But it's not as if he just stood up one day and walked with no warning. For weeks we've been saying (we being the collective we that includes extended family, friends, and random strangers met at the Early Years Centre) that William would walk any day. Today is any day. Baby mobility is all a gradual progression, which in William's case went something like this:
  1. Roll over front to back
  2. Roll over back to front
  3. Get up on all fours
  4. Rock back and forth on all fours
  5. Lunge oneself forward on all fours
  6. Crawl backwards
  7. Crawl forewards
  8. Stand in crib
  9. Crawl like a pro
  10. Stand with the aid of furniture
  11. Let go of furniture to stand unassisted
  12. Use a walker, laundry basket, kitchen chair, or other slidable item to "walk"
  13. Stand up without needing furniture to pull up.
  14. Stand unnassisted while waving both hands.
  15. Attempt to shuffle forward, but fall on bum.
  16. Shuffle forward one step.
  17. Shuffle forward two steps, but using the same foot.
  18. Shuffle forward two steps, one foot then the other.
  19. Three steps = walking

Oh, and for those of you who aren't counting, William is 9 months old as of Nov 15th.


Mamtha said...

Hello Jen,

Nice, both of you look...

But I'm sorry I’m hogging blog space not to comment so much on whats happening in the blog, but to make this unusual request…

I’m a Ph.D. student at Glasgow University trying to find out how people across cultures (U.K. and India) approach life-work, love, leisure, what is important to them and the different things that means ‘happiness’ to them. So I’m here to interview British/Scottish men and women between the ages of 25 and 35 from different walks of life.

And thought this is a good enough way to locate participants..

The interview would be a couple of hours long- we can break this up into a couple of sessions. (And it can be anywhere convenient to you) And there are also some written exercises.

But why would you want to do this? Well for one, you will be part of an important study that eventually aims to find application in making people happy :) Two, you get to talk about yourself for two whole hours while somebody is really paying attention! Three, when you come visiting India, you can stay in my home in Mumbai and you will be taken around. And four, I’ll buy you coffee and snacks (or beer) over the session (s). 

I need about 10-12 people and each is therefore very crucial for the study. We could arrange a place that is convenient to YOU and I’ll produce my university id and passport if you want to see it (!!).

So, if you find this interesting, please mail me at mamthakarollil[at]gmail[.]com. Trust me, most people really enjoy this experience.Although I know you must be busy with a baby..


Super Happy Jen said...

I'm neither British nor Scottish nor Indian. Good luck with your study though.

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