That's what I can say now, in my house. And it happens.
Because, I have a walker! Not one of those plastic and metal things to push in front of me, but a walker! Not a crawler, or a cruiser. But a full blown, take a walk from the living room through the dining room, past the kitchen and into the laundry room walker!
Thankfully, Ansley hasn't been like most toddlers I've heard about. You know, the ones that skip walking and seemingly go straight to running. She is still a little uneasy and wobbly, but she loves walking. She gets such a huge grin on that chubby little round face.
Last night, I just watched her as she toddled around the house. No particular goal in mind, just enjoying a little more independence.
And she is enjoying it to the brim. Today, Ansley was in the bathroom while I got ready for work. I heard a few things being shuffled around in an ::gasp:: un-baby-proofed drawer, then she walked out as quickly as she came in (Yikes. So weird to say Ansley walked). I heard a splash and knew something ended up in the dog's water bowl.
Paul walks in and hands me a compact of eyeshadow. Dripping wet (the eyeshadow, not the hubs, just in case you were confused). And I laughed. Because we've entered a new stage. And I love it.
However, in an effort to keep her within arm's reach, and to keep her blocks of ice (better known as feet) warm, I bought her some of "you know, those shoes for the house with the soft bottoms" (Paul, dear, they're called house shoes. Much easier than calling them "soft bottomed shoes for the house").
Ansley now sports these big, red, fuzzy ELMO slippers! Complete with googly eyes! She isn't a big fan, but they are too stinkin' cute to just pass up, even if I'm not a regular on Sesame Street.
And, this new adventure we're on? Love it. It seems that I'm always saying "this is my favorite stage." Even though she's moving from one to the next without looking back, it's still my favorite each time we get there. And the best part? I'm being led by a little hand connected to a very curious little girl.