L stood up for the first time on her own without pulling up on something. In past, she’s always pulled herself up on furniture, or a wall, or us. She is now shakily able to get up to a stand from the middle of the floor. I think most babies actually learn this trick before walking, but I guess L is doing things a little out of order. She still strongly prefers to hold our hand rather than walk on her own. I’m not sure how much to worry about this. On one hand, I’m just generally happy that she can walk, and walk well, if she feels like it. I know she needs to practice and get better, but is it really pressing? I’m assuming she’ll want to walk without holding our hand at some point. I’ve noticed many other babies walking happily on their own who actually do not walk as well as L. I think the reason she is reluctant to walk is because she is very risk averse – or at least that is a contributing factor. However, not surprisingly, her ability to assess risk is very lacking. For some reason, she appears to perceive walking as risky. However, she does not consider racing down a hill at high speed in her scootabout (pseudotrike) risky. She went over the handlebars yesterday, so she may start to look at things differently. One major thing I have noticed about L is that when she falls when walking she always cries and becomes upset. Most other babies don’t appear to be bothered by falling. I can’t figure out what this is. Does it hurt L more when she falls? Or does it hurt the same, but that level of pain bothers L more emotionally for some reason? Or have I, or N, or B, done something that makes L feel that frequent crying is a good strategy? Who knows.
I am listening to Cloud Atlas on CD in the car. I love it! It’s the best book I’ve “read” in a while, though I’m only about halfway through. Hopefully a bad ending won’t change my opinion. B and I are talking about listening to books on tape in the evening sometimes instead of watching TV. I’m still trying to finish up a couple knitting projects which cannot be done while actually holding a book. The only downside is that books require more attention and concentration than the brainless TV available on Netflix. My brain is usually pretty fried by nighttime.