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Pulling the Wool Over Our Eyes

July 12, 2011

My son, B.T., has known how to walk for several months now.  I know this because I’d seen him do it.  More tha once, and completely unaided.

And yet, for months, B.T. has refused to walk without the assistance of either Daddy’s or Mommy’s hand to stabilize him.  And we assisted, when we could.  But there were times we couldn’t.  And so, quite often, B.T. reverted to using his other locomotive technique: scooting across the floor on his bum.  The latter is a sight to behold – it’s very amusing.  But Dear Wife and I couldn’t understand: why did he refuse to walk unaided, when we knew he had the skill to do so?  Alas, all of our coaxing and cajoling, and trying to set him for success by encouraging him to walk from Daddy to Mommy or from Mommy to Daddy across short distances seemed for naught.

To be clear, we weren’t worried.  He could walk, we already knew that.  Eventually, he’d come around to doing it on his own.  But, proud parents that we are, we kind of just wanted to show him off to friends and family, to show what our little boy could do.  He just refused to cooperate, and refused to perform.

And then, over the Fourth of July Weekend, without any fanfare, he just pushed himself up in the middle of the floor and started walking.  And he hasn’t stopped since.

I take that back.  He isn’t walking.  He’s running.  Where he learned that little technique, when he had refused to walk these past few months, I’m sure I’ll never know. 

Someone‘s been holding back on Daddy.  Pretending he can’t walk without help.  Pouting when he doesn’t get a hand from Daddy to help him tot around.  (B.T. prefers his Mommy for a lot of things, but when he wanted a hand to walk, he always seemed to prefer me.)  He’s a devious little bugger.  But now his cat’s out of the bag, he might as well run.

Watching him run around the house: let me say, that’s pretty amusing to watch, too.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2011 8:12 am

    Ahaha! Nice! Typical kid! Don’t expect it to stop now, though… you’ll have to put it in his baby book, then you can haul it out when he’s a teen and acting up. “Well, we’re never surprised when you’re trying to fool us, you’ve been doing it since you were a toddler…” 😉

  2. July 12, 2011 8:22 am

    I agree with Leslie, put it in his baby book, and it also makes for great leverage…just wait till you get to show his girlfriend what a stinker he was. Also, Maybe you could get a video and show it to members of the family that can’t come up and see him.

    • July 12, 2011 8:55 am

      We’ve caught him on video variously… but we haven’t figured out how to upload those videos somewhere where family can see it… I think the video camera has a bit of a different video codec that’s difficult to work with.

  3. July 12, 2011 8:30 am

    So cute, and so great that he can do it on his own. But enjoy him asking for help while you can – my 4-year-old has suddenly decided that he doens’t need our help for _anything_ anymore, and there are times I miss his little hand in mine.

    • July 12, 2011 8:58 am

      Yeah, I realize that’s true… it’s amazing to watch him grow, and a little sad at the same time. You don’t expect the time to pass so quickly when you first hold the little fellow in your arms. You just feel like you have the whole world ahead of you, together.

  4. July 12, 2011 9:20 am

    I knew a guy in junior high school. He’d just come over from Germany, and he pretended he didn’t speak much English, so he got excused from doing a lot of assignments, and with the things he did do he got a lot of help (mostly from cute girls, as I recall).

    I forget how his cover was blown, but eventually we found out he spoke English quite a bit better than any of us did. 🙂

    • July 12, 2011 9:35 am

      That’s a pretty nice con. It would be interesting to see how that story played out, and how the con fell apart…

    • July 12, 2011 9:36 am

      Oh, yeah! That would be a good story… tsk tsk… 😉

  5. BT's mama permalink
    July 12, 2011 3:13 pm

    I suspect one reason BT preferred to hold daddy’s finger was because he knew daddy could always be talked into making his finger available for walking assistance. Mommy sometimes rejected BTs persistant requests once she knew he was able to do it himself. :b

    I am still loving watching him walk everywhere. My favorite is when he picks up his HUGE blue ball (after several attempts to get his arms around it) and carries it around unable to even see where he is going.

    • July 12, 2011 3:15 pm

      Hey, I love my little guy, and I admit I have trouble denying his simple, seemingly reasonable requests. Why wouldn’t I want to help him? Okay, so, yeah… maybe I’m not really helping him in the long run by not making him push his abilities to new levels… Also: the huge ball is a funny sight. 🙂

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