it's hard not wishing for the next stage to hurry up and get here. i know we're supposed to be enjoying each stage for what they are. but...we've been wishing and waiting for avery to get walking for what seems like forever. when you say this to people, "oh, you'll wish that you she wasn't walking when she finally does!" but really, she's into everything as a crawler. she's ridiculously fast. and she's angry to be tied down to a stroller/shopping cart/carseat. i think walking will be an improvement.
i used to go and wander the mall (or winners) daily with ben during the winter or on rainy days. we had no where to be so i would just hold his hand and we'd walk slowly around the mall. with avery, there's very few mall days and no winners shopping because she just wants to get out. you can let a one year old child get out of their stroller and walk around with nothing but smiles and coos from strangers. it's a different story when you let your one year old get out of the stroller and crawl. on the rare occasion that i've gone to the mall as a reprieve from our house, i go to the far end of the mall near sears where it's the least busy to let avery have a crawl around. people look at me like "i can't believe you're letting her do this." grandmas say "she's going to be filthy!" yes. she will be. but i can wash the clothes and the hands - i can't keep this girlie in her stroller! it doesn't help that my 3 year old feels the need to crawl everywhere with her. they're a bit of a sight. needless to say, we RARELY go to the mall these days. i'm sure tim appreciates this... ;) but the retailers miss me - i know it!