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About

Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Walking?

A bit ironic that a few of you assumed Xavier was walking in my last post. No walking. Just a master cruiser. Give him something to push and I'm convinced he'd 'walk' for miles. Let him hold your hand and he'll happily stroll along beside you. He can stand with the best of them, just no steps. Not on his own.

Until Sunday. We're at church. After the music portion of the service we always sit out in the foyer with the other Mama's, Papa's and babes, so that X doesn't interrupt the sermon with his "prayers". He is always surrounded by other boys. Except at church. Where it seems there are always a handful of little girls to hug and smooch and cruise after. This week little Lexie, stole his heart. They hugged and poked, showed each other their bellies and competed to see who could do "so big" the biggest... and then, not to be out done by the little lady (she's 12 months old, the cutest, most petite little thing you ever did see, and she can run) he took a step. And then another. And another. His FIRST steps!

The finest steps I ever did see. Wobbly, a bit stompy. One foot after the other in itty, bitty succession. I cried. David cried. I think Grandmama cried too. So proud.

Of course I didn't have a camera. And of course he hasn't taken off since, but he walked. He can walk. I think I'm still in shock. One of those moments for the record books. One of those moments you wait and wait for and then in all the excitement fight the urge to pause or rewind. But I can't slow him down, I can only enjoy these moments for what they are, while they last. And so these days I'm renewing my efforts to slow down. To be. To be with him. To savor every second.

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  • Blogger Glass Half Full says so:
    10:44 PM  

    Great! :) However now you'll have a harder time keeping up with him. (hee hee)

    Mark is a self-learner. He loves to learn on his own and accomplish things on his own timing.

    Give little X a high five!!! top

  • Blogger Tracey says so:
    11:13 PM  

    A HUGE first. Momentous. They are now upright and suddenly less of a baby, more of a kid... Yes, cherish it, for you know it's fleeting... top

  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    11:15 PM  

    Remember when I posted that video of Gray taking just a couple steps, but it was so exciting. And then you wonder when they'll do it again. WATCH OUT! He'll be taking off!!

    Steph top

  • Anonymous Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats says so:
    7:53 AM  

    Hurray!! First steps are awesome! And motivated by a girl no less! How cute! top

  • Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! says so:
    1:39 PM  

    Cherish these moments while you can, eventually he'll be running! theBeast runs now, and when I want to change her diaper or take a pic of her, she runs and tries to hide in a corner, AND she closes her eyes...because if she can't see us, well I guess we can't see her. I just took a pic of the back of her the other day, that I'm going to post, because she ran and turned her back so I couldn't take a pic of her!!!! LOL. top

  • Blogger Romie says so:
    6:47 PM  

    That is so great. It is always the best thing in the world to see them grow. At least you have it posted here for posterity. top

  • Blogger Heidi says so:
    10:41 PM  

    Awesome!!! It took my son forever to walk, he could practically run behind a toy but without something to hold on too he was stumped until a few days before he was 17 months old.

    Well congrats and welcome to the world of a walker...so glad you are savoring the time with him!!!! top

  • Blogger goofball says so:
    4:56 AM  

    Oh aren't those first wobbly steps so incredibly cute! It must have been so awesome to experience that moment.

    Hurray for Xavier and your family :) top

  • Blogger Staci says so:
    10:04 AM  

    Awwwwwwww!

    Good luck keeping up with him now :) top

  • Anonymous Bea says so:
    12:28 PM  

    Hey Ashlee, have you heard of veggie bite in chicago. I saw it on 190 NOrth. This is the website, if you want to check it out.
    http://www.veggiebite.net/ top

  • Blogger Life With All Boys says so:
    9:48 PM  

    I LOVE those first "baby steps". But then they seems so much older all of a sudden. Carter is right around the corner. I'm not ready for this :( top