Friday, August 26, 2005

Pitter Patter Pitter Patter Walking Feet

At 22 months old, Ellie is 31-1/2 inches tall and 24 pounds. She is 1/4 potty trained, and she has learned to walk!!!

In June, Ellie started climbing up onto the furniture. She started spontaneously pushing a push toy around the house earlier this month. Next she made a game out of standing up on her own in the middle of the room. Then she started rushing down the hall independently at school with a reverse walker. Finally, on Monday night, she walked two steps from her LeapFrog play table to where Daddy was lying on the floor. We were both stunned. Wednesday at school she was walking independently for up to 7 steps at a time. Wow. Just, wow.

I should explain now that the only TV Ellie watches is Dora the Explorer. She is not interested in any other TV (for more than about a minute) but man does she love that Dora. Her PT likes it because Ellie stands to watch the show. Her speech therapist likes it because Ellie (sometimes) follows the prompts aloud. I like it because there are no commercials and it features a brave, adventurous heroine. For toddler TV, it's not so evil. Months ago, Ellie and I were at Target when she saw Dora's backpack, cleverly named Backpack.

At that point, she had a Dora book and had seen the show a couple of times, but Ellie wanted that backpack. I thought that a backpack for a 1-year-old who couldn't even walk around wouldn't be too useful, so I told her that I'd buy it for her as a present when she learned to walk. I had no idea that she heard and understood me, but I mentioned it to my mom on the phone this morning, and Ellie wouldn't go down for her afternoon nap until we'd gone to Target to get Backpack. And it was worth the wait. She is smitten. As am I, of course.

18 comments:

Sarahlynn said...

In retrospect, it occurs to me that a backpack actually makes *more* sense when you can't walk. If your hands are a major part of your self-propulsion mechanism, it makes good sense to have some other way to carry stuff around with you.

ccw said...

Congratulations, Ellie!

The pictures are absolutely adorable. Isn't it amazing what little ones will remember? I'm glad she got her backpack.

Baby H is currently staring at the screen screaming "pretty baby". Obviosly she is smitten, too.

Jessica said...

Your "retrospect" thought is funny to me, Sarahlynn - just like you to give it further consideration.

I am SO thrilled for Ellie and can't wait to see her walk for myself (I'll be responding to your e-mail about getting together soon).

playswithyarn said...

um, 1/4 potty trained? nevermind. i don't want to know.

Zoe said...

That is one cute kid you've got there! My small friend/goddaughter type also has the Dora "packpack," as she calls it, and she loves it.

Siobhan said...

Yay, Ellie!

trisha said...

Awwww, what a terrific post! Hooray, Ellie! What a sweetheart! She is so pretty.

Thanks, SL. Warms my heart!

Gosling said...

Hooray! What a great thing. My niece's daughter (who has some form of autism) also fell head-over-heels with Dora. One day my niece heard "Abierto" over and over coming from her daughter's room. She went in and the kid was opening and closing, opening and closing, opening and closing the closet door. "Abierto!" Heh. Yay for Dora and yay for Ellie!! :)
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Mustang Sally said...

Congratulations, Ellie! She's so adorable... having major babyeating craving now

she falters to rise said...

She so deserves the backpack, and she looks beautiful with it on--very academic. Congratulations!

chasmyn said...

she is so cute!!! I just want to smooch her all up!

blue said...

Yay for motivating purple backpacks! Or just yay!

PPB said...

Aw, Ellie is growing UP! I always thought Dora was the best of the toddler TV. Yay Ellie!

Belovedlife said...

Yaay! way to go Ellie, way to go Mom! Keep up the great work...you can tell how hard both of you are working>...Any potty training advice?

selzach said...

Way to go, Ellie! She is adorable and looking very proud of her backpack.

thistle said...

Congratulations to Ellie! I can't believe what a big girl she's getting to be.

genevieve said...

I am all teared up. That girl is determined, no? Congratulations to you both. Happy walking, Ellie.

Tara Marie said...

What a glorious post and what precious pictures! Way to go Miss Ellie!!!

I share with you your joy and celebrate with Ellie this big step [or should I say steps!!!]

Peace, Tara Marie & Emma Sage