Elliott has really turned the corner in her walking abilities. One day, she would just walk when I coaxed her, now she walks EVERYWHERE! It's so fun to see her gain new-found independence. As an example, last night we went to Notre Dame's equivalent of OU's Campus Corner. Kev was talking on the phone so Elliott and I were just walking down the sidewalk. In the past couple of weeks, she usually likes a hand to hold (especially since we weren't on a smooth surface and she was wearing shoes), but when I reached down to hold her hand, she made it very clear she wanted to walk. Without my hand. Completely alone. Such a big girl.
This is her typical walking stance. At least one hand is always up in the air to help with balance. Precious.
The thing I've discovered with her new independence is a strong disliking to boundaries. What do I mean by this? I'm sure anyone who has a child can picture this...a screaming, arched back child, who most certainly did NOT want to go this way. Don't get me wrong, I want her to explore the world. I realize there are times she will fall and I won't be there to catch her. And that's okay. But there are most certainly times when mothers (and fathers) really do know best...even if she doesn't think so.
Sometimes it makes me wonder if sometimes I behave the same way. If I kick and scream and throw a fit (at least inwardly) because things didn't go the way I wanted them to go. And the whole time, God being an abudantly loving parent (so much better than I could ever be), is working what is best because He ALONE can see the big picture. Such a humbling thought. Thankful for my sweet girl who keeps me humble and teaches me new things every day.