I thought I'd be a neurotic parent much like I was a neurotic pregnant person looking up not just baby center's "your baby this week" but every other space touting such information even if it was itzmyblogdood.com or something equally scientifically sound all the while coaxing my baby to wiggle and kick by ingesting orange juice by the buckets just to make sure he was okay. But now that he's here I'm a lot more laid back than I thought I'd be when it comes to developmental milestones like crawling, and rolling, and walking- I just think he'll pick it up when he's good and ready to at his own pace and while its awesome to see him reach his milestones I'm not angst-filled if he's not surpassing each and every one of them.
Which is why the walking drama is interesting.
Apparently walking is a very big deal and something we're asked by family on a nearly daily basis with great cause for concern: Is he walking yet? Why isn't he walking yet? Have you practiced today? You really have to work with him and teach him.
While I cant wait for the day my child takes his first steps I'm barely keeping pace with his crawling and if he wants to wait on walking- I'm okay with that. Besides, he's nine months old. While maybe there is some nine-month-old whiz kid out there currently running laps in knee high socks and Nikes, its not like Waleed is behind if he's not walking. Though we know the reminders and sincerely voiced concerns day-after-day about why isn't he walking come from a place of love, K decided it was time to address the situation:
G: Any progress in the walking?
K: No, still crawling.
G: You guys should set aside time each day to teach him how to walk.
K: I know- I'm so angry with him.
K: Yes. I tell him to walk, and he just won't listen. We're so disappointed. I mean, how hard is it to walk? What is with him?
G: No- wait- don't be disappointed in him!
K: But why is he being so lazy? Why won't he just walk?
G: Plenty of kids don't walk yet! These things take time and he'll learn when he's good and ready to! Stop pressuring him!
Redirecting a grandparent's concern into a grandparent's tiger love for their grandkid in a matter of thirty seconds. I wish I knew how he did it.