The first steps of a child can be magical. They also can be scary as we know how much trouble he's gotten into already when he's just been crawl-bound.
Well, we have been experiencing all these rolled into one as the holidays approach for our near 1-year-old.
He is officially walking now, though sometimes after about seven or eight steps he prefers to just plop down on his backside.
Once we saw that he put together five or six steps in a row it was time to put one of those first walks to video.
I did it and thought I did a good job capturing the moment, but it appears after further review, I could have done better.
You see, at the same time the baby is walking, our 4-year-old was playing a toy guitar. Since it was so loud I had to yell "Go! Go! Go!" to the walker as inspiration.
My wife thinks it sounds like I'm yelling like a football coach and you can tell on the walker's face that he was a little intimated by my yells.
I see, I guess I have to be more like "Daddy Dearest" and less like a drill sergeant when I'm trying to inspire the little guy to walk. But it's hard to keep your composure when you are excited for the big moment.
Maybe we'll have to do a walking "re-shoot" of the video, but walking is now old hat for him so it wouldn't be as authentic.
We can't believe our little boy has made it to this stage already. It's amazing to see that look on his face when he progresses from a few steps at a time to being able to walk from room to room.
It's almost as if he's saying to himself, "This walking thing is pretty cool, I can get to places I need to be much faster."
This second child of ours started walking much sooner than our first one, which I hear is the case often since they are trying to keep up with their older sibling.
If you think with Christmas now a week away, I think the timing is just right for him. There's no better time to show off a new trick like walking if you are a grandchild then when the holidays hit. Someone is going to get pampered a little extra by the grandparents this year - if that is even possible. I would say he planned that one just right.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org