He took his first tentative steps a week before his first birthday, but five weeks on and things have changed. Firstly, I soon realised walking was a lot quieter than crawling. Why does that matter? Well, I always knew where he was and where he was going when he was crawling everywhere, but now he seems to have the power of teleportation. I’ll leave him happily playing with his toys in one room whilst I pop through to the kitchen to quickly get a few jobs done. Somehow though, during the five seconds it has taken me to travel into the room, he’s decided he is no longer interested in playing with the toys and it’d be much more interesting to follow daddy and try to grab the cheese grater or potato peeler (always the most dangerous items) from the dishwasher when he’s not looking. If it wasn’t for the fact he can’t help banging the machine door like a drum before reaching in to grab a freshly washed utensil, I’d never have known he was there. I really do need eyes in the back of my head, a skill his mum seems to have naturally, so I really do look like an idiot when my thirteen month old son is able to creep up on me.
Now he’s walking around, we thought it would be a good time to purchase his first pair of shoes. After some extensive research online, we knew we were looking for a pair of soft sole shoes. They would still allow his feet to grow, but also let him get used to the feeling of wearing something instead of just socks. I assumed this was going to be really straightforward. We’d visit the shop, get him measured, choose a pair of shoes and job done…how wrong we were! We arrived at the store in Kingston and went upstairs to the children’s section. Why is the children’s section upstairs? Wouldn’t it be easier for mums and dads if they didn’t have to go up the stairs or wait for the lift? Maybe that’s my own personal little gripe. Anyway, he got measured and he was a five and a half and wide footed, so a size six. The store only had soft sole shoes up to a size five and they didn’t have a six. It turned out this was a recurring problem in a number of children’s shoe departments all around Kingston, so in the end we decided to order some online. We also thought this would be a good decision financially, as the average price in store was about £30! £30 for a pair of shoes he’ll outgrow in a few weeks; unbelievable!
In the end, we found a New Zealand based company. All in all, it took us the best part of three weeks to get him some footwear. It was definitely worth getting it right though.
Over the last month or so I’ve come to the conclusion all babies are geniuses. They’re arch manipulators who know how to press your buttons in order to get what they want when they want it…or don’t want it. They’ll ease you in with small insignificant demands, but they’re just testing you in preparation for the bigger stuff they have planned further down the line. Elijah may only be thirteen months old, but clearly discipline needs to be instilled otherwise things will get out of control and he’ll become a demanding little monster! I’m being a little tongue-in-cheek, but there’s no doubt this is something I’ll need to keep an eye on as he gets older. Otherwise, ‘I’ll only eat the apple puree and not the Weetabix’, in seventeen years will become, ‘I want to have my own car and not share yours’.
Finally, just before this month’s blog post comes to an end, I wanted to let you know that Angellica and I are expecting our second child this summer. We’ve managed to keep it a secret for a while now, but it gets to a stage where people begin to notice that Angellica’s tummy is looking much bigger than usual! Two under two is going to be a big test for us as parents, but we cannot wait to welcome our latest family member into the World. You’ll be able to keep up with all the goings-on, as my Mamas & Papas blog post will be continuing throughout 2013.