Manzo is a bit bow-legged. And his right foot turns in a bit. ("in-toeing", aka "pigeon-toed")
He is 13.5 months old and not walking yet. He doesn't stand on his own (until tonight! He stood un-assisted for about 45 seconds and we all made a big deal out of it, clapping and cheering. He looked so proud of himself.)
He does stand when holding on to something (all the time), and does like to cruise around the furniture.
He loves walking with help. He'll reach his hands up in the air so he can grab on to my fingers. He loves walking like that.
So, all in all, it sounds like he's on his way to being a walker. But every once in a while I wonder if the bow-legged-ness or the in-toeing is causing him a problem. I asked the pediatrician about it at the 12 month check-up. The doctor didn't even hesitate for one second, "It's not a problem for him. Everything will straighten out over time. He's fine. There's no problem." That put my mind at ease for a few weeks, but as the time continues to roll by, I find myself wondering if perhaps there could be an issue after all.
Let me be clear: if he's just one of those kids who wants to take his time learning to walk, I'm totally fine with that. I have no mommy agenda that dictates when he should be an independent walker. This is not about my expectations. Rather, this is about not wanting to miss something that he should be doing if there is a problem which needs to be addressed. i.e., if he's supposed to be wearing a brace or doing certain exercises, etc.---then I want to be doing those things!
My take at the moment is this: I make sure he has lots of fun "walking practice" each and every day. I make sure we don't get things for him and bring objects to him when he's curious. (..as his siblings are inclined to do simply to be helpful!) In learning to walk or crawl, curiosity is a huge motivation in getting from Point A to Point B. If I see that he'd like to get a ball (his favorite) from across the room, I let him go for it!
So anyway, I'll keep you posted on how all that develops.
And on a related note (seriously, there is a connection here. Just keep reading and you'll see)....let me get back to the Disney princesses which I mentioned yesterday......
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So here are the princesses. They live in Pumpkin's room.
The other day I was cleaning out her closet. I found the box these girls originally came in. As the box was on its way to the recycling bin, I noticed something which I think is a bit odd....
Here's the front of the box:
And here's the back of the box:
Are you seeing what I'm seeing?
So many cases of tibial torsion in Princess Land!
Ariel is the only one not suffering from this issue--and that's only because she doesn't have legs!
Maybe there's a special day at Disney Illustrator School which emphasizes the following necessary components. These items should be included in the illustration in order to make the Disney princess look REALLY CUTE:
- The presence of a small animal somewhere in the vicinity
- Sparkly pixie dust to indicate magic
- Wide eyes & elevated eyebrows