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Strong babies and furniture

April 8, 2012

This video is a little outdated, but I thought it was worth sharing anyways.  My youngest daughter has been an interesting source of entertainment over the last two and a half years.  Born eight week premature, she has not only never once been delayed in her development but has instead exceeded our expectations.  At six months old she was walking, and as soon as she physically could she was climbing everything.  She would walk off the edge of the couch as though there was an invisible platform there only she could see, and it almost looked as if an unseen hand guided her drop to the floor.  I have often thought that her guardian angels work a lot of overtime.  Her body is almost solid muscle, and at one time in her life I couldn’t conform the laws of physics into understanding where she put all the food she would eat in a sitting.  She has always been small–as fit her early birth–but incredibly capable and seemingly fearless.

So it was no surprise when, at the tender age of eighteen months old, she not only figured out how to get out of her crib, she also figured out her own unique way of doing it.  Feet first.  She would push herself up into a handstand with her feet hooked on the edge of the crib sides and slowly use her arms to push herself up the side of the crib until she could bend over the edge at the waist and hoist herself over and down.  It was the craziest thing I had ever seen up until that point.

She is still my crazy little toddler gymnast, although she seems to finally be developing some sense of caution to moderate her fearlessness.  I love her current balance of guts and caution–it is just the right amount of each.  I hope with all of my heart that she keeps just that mixture and doesn’t swing into having too much caution as she ages.  I think we could all benefit from a little bit of her fearlessness.

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