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Patience: First Steps

January 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:25 (NIV)

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Eli took his first steps during the Christmas holiday. We were visiting Chase’s grandparents and it was so exciting watching him take those steps. Now it is almost a month later and he is just not interested in walking. He will take a few steps now and then but for the most part he will only walk if we are holding his hands or if he is using his walker toy that he can push. I know that as soon as he starts walking all the time that things will be that much more eventful in our home, but I still look forward to the day. Most of this morning we worked on walking, he took several steps alone, and did it a few times. I think the he is gradually becoming more interested, so I am sure that it is only a matter of time.

Thinking about all the fun milestones Eli has reached and how I had to wait for him to accomplish each one when he was ready is a reminder to be patient, all things come together at the right time. He crawled when he was ready and I know that he will walk when he is ready also. Even though I know that, I am still impatient as I wait, I just can’t wait to see him walking on his own! So I guess I just need to have a little patience because he will walk before I know it!

 

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11b (NIV) 

My little Eli turned a year last month and we all could have sworn that he was going to walk before his first birthday. For a while now he has been pulling up, walking along side furniture and lately he is standing up on his own without holding on to anything. That has slowed down now. He is still walking along furniture and every now and then he will stand on his own, but now if he realizes that is what he is doing he slowly sits down. Pretty much we have decided that he just doesn’t have any interest in it right now. As a first time mom I am so excited to see him take his first steps. Of course everyone who has older kids tells me that I don’t want him to walk because life just gets more crazy. I am sure they are right, but I think it is just something about that first baby and first steps that moms can’t help but anticipate. Most of my friends say that they were trying so hard with their first one to get to walk and then when the second one came they wanted them to take their time learning to walk, stay little longer. I’m sure this is exactly the way I will be too. I guess I just need to take a page from Eli’s book. He is content with crawling and not walking right now so I guess I should be too because I am sure that after he learns I will be saying that I wished he hadn’t learned so fast.

Photo Credit: Florence Luong

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

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My son will be six months old this week! Wow, does time fly by! He is at such a fun stage… almost sitting up on his own, two teeth have almost made their way in, and he is working on crawling. He goes in circles and backwards but has not officially crawled yet. I have so many videos of him doing nothing because I think he is about to crawl and I want to capture it. I know what will happen… he will crawl when I am not in the room or if I am, I wont have the camera on. As much as I want him to crawl, I am okay that he hasn’t. I am trying to enjoy every moment while he is little because I know how fast this time will go. One day he will be crawling and the next he will be in school. When it comes to raising children we need to take every day as a gift and enjoy each moment we have at every stage, because one day they will grow up. We can’t stop our babies from growing up, all we can do is take joy in each stage that they are in and do our best to raise them right. No my little one is not crawling yet and he is by no means anywhere near growing up and leaving home, but with each milestone he comes to I am reminded that he will not be little forever. So I am taking each milestone as a gift and treasuring each one, taking joy in my time spent with my son because one day he will grow up.