Yesterday my baby girl walked for the first time. She had been “couch hugging” and pushing furniture around the floor for months, and she’d even been taking one or two steps on her own before, but she would always sit down and go back to what she knew how to do. But yesterday, in the classroom at Mothers’ Haven, she decided to go for it.
It’s fitting that it should happen there. That classroom is the place where I took my first steps towards being a natural parent, when I took their class on cloth diapering. It’s the place where I took my first steps toward restoring a breastfeeding relationship with my daughter when at only a week or so in I thought it was doomed to fail. It’s also the place where I have been able to “fall”, to admit my weaknesses and be accepted and understood. In short, it’s our safe space.
When we got home, the little miss had to try out her new found skill in different surroundings. She was nervous at first, the hard wood floors are way less forgiving than the carpet in the classroom. But within a few tries, she started gaining confidence. Pretty soon she was walking everywhere, huffing and puffing and giggling with glee!
I feel like my experience with Inland Mama so far has been very similar. When I published my first post, I was too afraid to even tell anyone. I decided I wasn’t ready yet and took it down. But after encouragement from friends, I put up my first post, and then another and another. I made some goals to reach in the next couple of months, and somehow met them in the first two weeks. So I set new goals, and met them! I feel quite a lot like my daughter, my movements are still awkward and I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing, but I’m having a blast!
Thank you all for following this blog, for liking and commenting and sharing! I am so wonderfully blessed to have such great readers! In the next couple of months I am hoping to make some improvements around the blog. I’d love to know what you’d like to see!