Yes folks, it's official....Hamster Boy has taken his first steps and more than once! I expected to be much more emotional about it, maybe cry. But I was more shocked than anything I think. He was standing against the couch facing me and I came over, bent down and held my hands out to him. He took three hurtling steps towards me and though they lacked finesse, they were all on his own, without aid from anyone. I wasn't sure if it was a one of, but he did it again the next day! I am so proud I could bust open! So it has begun.
The other thing I have noticed over the last couple of weeks is that he is "talking" much more. By that I mean he is saying the same words over and over, but voluntarily, not just repeating them. His vocabulary isn't that large. He stills says pretty much the same thing, with "hi" being his favorite. The one that melts my heart is when he says this dragged out version of Mama, making it sound French (maman).
I find I am experiencing sadness at the same time as joy over his development. I believe it has something to do with the tubal ligation. Don't get me wrong here, sadness does NOT mean regret. I am 100% thrilled that I took care of all that business, but I feel sad that I might never experience these things again with a child of my own. His cuddles are like balm to me. When he kisses me and talks to me, I beam. He is so special to me and I don't want this part to be over. But you know, I will have grandkids one day and that will be a close second, I'm sure. In the meantime, I will live through the various friends and family I know are bound to reproduce again.
Here is Hayden walking on his knees. I'm trying to get a better clip than this because it is way funny, but watch this one for now!