Well, she took her first steps at 10 months and insists on walking around at 11 months! They say it’s just like when I was a baby and I started to explore I just took right off! Eva, however, went through all her stages but went through them fast. I’d really prefer that, rather than letting her skip any stage because mobility and motor skills has bearing on brain development.
All babies are different, mind you. Oona also rolled, crawled, toddled, walked and ran at a little over a year old. Olly did the same a little earlier at 11 months and then Eva, by far, would be the earliest in terms of development. They have different learning styles too with Oona being the most kinetic of them all.
It helps that they have space to move around inside my parents’ home, but I would still really wish we had a yard. The garage isn’t large enough anymore for Oona who wants to do more than ride in circles on her bike. Olly is still happy pedaling around in her trike but with Eva starting to walk around, I’m pretty sure soon it’s going to be crowded out there!
Starting out, they had a variety of walkers that ranged from the colorful wheelie ones and assorted heavy chairs and boxes that they push around, to the car type that they ride around in like a little alien in a flying saucer. It really helped them develop their awareness of space, movement and their bodies One friend of mine even lent me her daughter’s excersaucer but the big sisters actually played with it more than Eva was able to! Go figure, they used it as a control booth for a space ship! I had to give it back or else it would have broken down because Oona and Olly are no feather weights!
I basically attribute Eva’s early development to the wealth of stimulation she is receiving from the presence of her two older siblings. She enjoys chasing them around! At first it was really fast crawling, now it’s a zombie-like walk that sends her sisters screaming in delight. A REAL ZOMBIE BABY MOM! (great…practicing for the zombie apocalypse. 0.0)
I would have really liked this walker toy that I saw at a friend’s house, though. It’s not only a walker and a push toy, it also has a detachable activity part that would really help stimulate Eva through play and movement.
Nevertheless, even without the gadgetry that I would have liked to have, Eva is no doubt walking around like a boss. She’s even going up the stairs already, to the (proud) horror of my Dad.
*Sigh* They grow up so fast!