One Small Step for a Baby, a Giant Leap for Parents

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I knew the multi-frames mode on my Nikon D60 would come in handy one day!

“Is he walking yet?”

I must have been asked this question a thousand of times lately. That and “How many teeth does he have?” Yes, the playground is a competitive place—mother even discuss poop consistency over the swing.

Mark can crawl very well (he learned this skill in France this summer). He can stand, and can go up the stairs and can cruise around with support—for instance, he can walk around the bed holding on to the mattress.

But he hadn’t made his first steps.

Until October 12. Yes, Mark has a knack for timing—he walked on his one-year-old birthday!

I was on Skype with my mother and we were having the “he is walking?” discussion again. I sat on the floor and he stood there. “Come on Mark!” I said, expecting him to do the usual, i.e. crawling to me (yes, he is lazy, that’s his French side).

That when he walked. Three real steps before crash-landing on my boobs (or what’s left of my boobs).

My mum, who had seen everything on the webcam, couldn’t believe it. Neither did I!

I called Feng who recorded his second-time walking ever.

We were so proud of him we almost cried. Parents are stupidly emotional sometime… but seeing your baby walking for the first time is strange. He looked so… grown up!

On Sunday, we took him to Parliament Hill to practice his skills.

You can see the pictures of toddler Mark on Flickr.

Family Self-Portrait

Family Self-Portrait

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Camera-Obsessed Family

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The Classic Shot

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Hug Time!

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

13 Comments

  1. Bravo Mark! The pics are great. I’m just annoyed that you guys are still in t-shirts right in the middle of October. It’s colder in France.

    • Oh, it was -40C of course… we were just bragging to a foreign audience 😉

      (Just kidding, we are having a gorgeous fall. But then, we don’t have spring so…)

  2. Congratulations Mark and Happy Birthday!

    Great job Zhu! That was no easy feat. Here’s to another year and to having made it this far already.

    Mark looks like a little boy (as opposed to a baby) in that last picture.

  3. He looks so proud of himself! Good job, Mark!

    (I’m totally jealous you are wearing a tank top outside in October…it’s cold and rainy here in the Alps, and I’m sick of all the “love this beautiful Fall weather!!!” posts on Facebook from Canadian family and friends :p

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