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Enter The Toddler

Toddlin'Oh time, what a fickle beast you can be – moving with such silent vigor that we barely notice your passing.  For example, it was only a short time ago that our daughter lay perched on her Boppy as a newborn, a cooing ball of flesh small enough that we lost her for several weeks amidst some mismatched socks and the cats were forced to raise her as their own.  How quickly she has progressed, graduating from baby to infant, and then slowly amassing the necessary experience points, merit badges and cookie sales required for promotion to the much vaunted and enviable position she now enjoys.  It’s official (as decreed by Governor Paterson, the State Assembly of New York, and the Wegman’s Lil’ Shoppers Program) – our little Justine has entered toddlerdom.

Based on discussions with other parents I’ve found that when it comes to childhood progress, I have high standards as they apply to actual “completion” of milestones.  For example, I didn’t consider Justine able to roll-over until she could roll onto her stomach, and then back into the lying position.  Some “parents” ooh and ahh and call their friends and family and claim their kid has mastered the “roll-over” when in fact all their little offspring accomplished was to inadvertently fall off the Boppy pillow in no small part because of their parental negligence.  Not so with me – kid’s have to earn their accolades by adhering to my admittedly complicated and overly-ambitious measuring standards before I’ll boast of their accomplishments.

The relevance of this particular discussion to Justine’s recent classification change is that, in truth, Justine has been “toddling” for quite some time now.  Probably several weeks, or more.  She took her first steps between my wife and I a few months back, to our enthusiastic encouragement.  After a few weeks of the “Maggie Simpson-esque” stand, step and face-plant, she got braver, tackling longer distances, mastering shoes, and out-pacing some of the other competitors in her weight class in our weekly semi-illegal underground infant racing league.  My wife (and others) began to tell folks that indeed, she was now officially bipedal.  Not to me, of course.

It’s not as if I expected my one year old daughter to complete a “Wipeout” grade obstacle course before I’d declare that she was a walker (although frankly that would certainly prove the point, in addition to being great TV), but I wanted more than just a 10 or 15 foot jaunt, or a half an hour traipsing about the neighborhood with her walker, face agape in a wide smile of accomplishment.  No, I wanted some actual toddling, a no hand holding, “let’s walk all over the place and not fall every other step” trip around the yard.

And after the past few days, I can now say, without hesitation, that our little Justine is toddling about just fine.  She still may do it arms akimbo, in a zombie like fashion that can only make you smile (or in Woody Harrelson’s case, deck a paparazzi), but she’s a-walkin’ folks.  Watch your toes.

Up next – talkin’.  Once I hear her finish the last scene of MacBeth, we’ll be there…

- MWF -

Happy Fatherhood Friday to all, and to all a good day!

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  • http://belladaddy.blogspot.com/2009/08/thanks-much.html BellaDaddy

    High Standards Indeed! Good going! Kudos!

  • http://www.pjmullen.com PJ Mullen

    I delayed the promotion to toddlerhood as well, especially after I found out that my wife had committed a foul by unfairly helping him obtain his cookie sale target. She didn't do a very good job disposing of the evidence, since she forced me to eat them.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com/ WeaselMomma

    Awwwww, she's so sweet and will be running marathons in the yard before you know it.

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com/ SurprisedMom

    Good for Justine! Wow! You have very high standards . . . MacBeth indeed. I guess DaDa or MaMa won't do? She's a beautiful little girl by the way.

  • mwfrantz

    In truth I'd settle for Hamlet, the Pledge of Allegiance or even selected dialog cuts from the SpongeBob Squarepants Movie – but don't tell her that – I want her to shoot for the moon on this one…

  • mwfrantz

    Lately, it's been us running the marathons trying to keep up with her.. :) Such boundless energy…

  • mwfrantz

    Ha – you have to watch out for the Mom's with this kind of stuff – they can be crafty. I forced a very upset Justine to re-do her scale replica of the Alamo because I found out my wife had painted a few of the horses during one of our daughter's nap times “because the whole diorama requirement for toddler hood was ridiculous.”

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com/ SurprisedMom

    Good for Justine! Wow! You have very high standards . . . MacBeth indeed. I guess DaDa or MaMa won't do? She's a beautiful little girl by the way.

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    In truth I'd settle for Hamlet, the Pledge of Allegiance or even selected dialog cuts from the SpongeBob Squarepants Movie – but don't tell her that – I want her to shoot for the moon on this one…

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    Lately, it's been us running the marathons trying to keep up with her.. :) Such boundless energy…

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    Ha – you have to watch out for the Mom's with this kind of stuff – they can be crafty. I forced a very upset Justine to re-do her scale replica of the Alamo because I found out my wife had painted a few of the horses during one of our daughter's nap times “because the whole diorama requirement for toddler hood was ridiculous.”