Climbin' Simon

posted by Jeff | Thursday, April 28, 2011, 9:36 PM | comments: 0

It was about one month ago today that Simon began crawling, rather late, frankly. Right now, he's walking short distances between things and/or people, about five or six steps, typically. Today, he also did something unexpected: He climbed the stairs.

When we've walked with him holding his hands, we've tried to show him how to step up on the landing at the bottom of the stairs. He struggles, but he gets it. When he's on his own, he tries to step up on it himself instead of climbing up, but he's still too little for that. I thought that meant he wouldn't be particularly ambitious about trying to go higher. I was wrong.

Oliver, his favorite cat, took off up the stairs because I think wanted to opt-out of any toddler torture coming his way. He usually sits there and takes it, but he clearly has his limits. Simon thought it was hilarious, and he pursued him. For fun, I got behind him to see how far he'd go. There were a couple of instances where he slipped back a step or two, but ultimately, he got all the way upstairs, on his own, and out of breath.

I'm really proud of him, because I feel like now he's making up for lost time in terms of his motor skills and such. It was only a month ago (give or take a day) that he would protest about even getting up to a sitting position without help. He was so lazy. It's a relief to see him trying to over-achieve now.


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