Friday, May 21, 2010

Miracle of Miracles

Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Choirs of herald angels are singing.

Why such fanfare?

At the not-so-tender age - at least in "baby" years - of one year, five months, one week, one day, and six hours (give or take a few minutes), Claire is officially a walker.

The facts are these:

Claire has been a chicken-butt when it comes to walking and standing. She's been cruising for a while now, and has even been known to stand for a few minuscule seconds at a time, but she then trembles and cries in fear. And then falls forward, often so that we can catch her. It's a game, really. We've tried "tricking" her into walking, by letting go of her had mid-step to see if she will continue, and it has worked for maybe one step here or there. Well, just a few short minutes ago, that all changed. Adam was doing the fake-out trick, but she took a few steps. So he tried it again. She took a few more steps. And then I pulled out the camera and captured her third - yes, I said THIRD - attempt. Here it is:

You may or may not have noticed the giddiness in our voices (but I'll put my money on the fact that you DID notice the slightly embarrassing amount of excitement we expressed), but this has been a long time coming. We both knew she was capable, but as was the case with physical milestones in the past, Claire does things when she is good and ready - when she decides that she wants to - and no matter the prodding, encouraging, or attempts at teaching on our parts, Claire is the one who holds the cards. And today, the stars aligned for her, and this became the day that she decided she wanted to walk. But it wasn't merely the fact that she took seven whole steps on her third attempt at walking that was so exciting. In the video, you saw her bend over, pick up her lovie (she calls it her "ya-ya"), and stand back up without holding on to anything. Well, that was also a first. Two major physical milestones in one shot. So we were pretty happy. Joy to the world!

12 comments:

Meg said...

WOOT! Go Claire! You are awesome!!

Meg said...

Oh, and yes, you were very excited. I liked that. Especially the fact that I can't tell who is laughing, Claud or Adam. Very proud parents!

Heidi said...

YAY!!!! Congratulations!!!! What an adorable clip!

grandma GiGI said...

Happy Day! Now she'll really keep you on the run. All it takes is the first step or two!

Erin said...

I have literally teared up!!! I don't know if it is from laughing **with** you in your excitement, the pride of feeling like I was there with you all at the exact moment she was starting because you got it on film on the first day (regardless that it was her third attempt because we know it was still within minutes of the first attempt), or, I don't know why. You guys are so cute. Oh, and I could tell your laughs apart. I think Adam was more excited than you! Remind him though that she's not ready to play softball or basketball this weekend. Not yet. Soon though. LOVES!!

Glenda said...

And this GoGo is just about as excited as those wonderful parents...Congratulations. I just wish I could be there to see it first hand.

Claudia said...

Oh, I was just as excited as Adam, but I was the one holding the camera, so I was trying not to yell too loud (though I failed), and I couldn't jump around like Adam was. But I was jumping around inside. I really was excited. I think I teared up too.

hooli said...

Very Big deal. Honestly, we're excited. for you.

Beth said...

Congratulations! What more can I say! The Clark household is thrilled.

Rachel said...

You guys are the proudest parent in that video. It's so cute. Yeah for Claire.

laurel said...

How fabulous!!!! Congrats to you Claire. And to mom and dad, you made me cry. Really. To hear the excitement in your voices and laughter, just touched my heart!

Jeff said...

So exciting! We really got a kick out of the video. Love you two in the background. She will love this video when she grows up! What a cutie!

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