31 May 2015, by Mandy Loh

May Day! May Day! 2nd Munchkin on the Move!

Caris is finally walking!!! 😀

Yes, I'm pleased as pie!

Yes, I’m officially a toddler and I’m pleased as peaches!

She took her first wobbly steps on 2 May, and within two weeks, she was walking everywhere. Even as a 2nd-time mom, it still amazes me how fast they progress!

Screenshot from a video of her first steps!

Screenshot from a video of her first steps!

I still recall the time when Cristan was one year old, and I was fretting about how he had not started walking yet. We even raised our concerns with his paediatrician, who gently reassured us that there is a wide range of “normal” for when a child should reach this developmental milestone.

Cristan at one year old, learning to walk

Cristan at one year old, learning to walk

Fast forward three years later, and I found myself feeling rather relieved that Caris didn’t start walking until this month, at 15 months old! After all, two munchkins running around the house can only spell one thing: T-R-O-U-B-L-E!

True enough, now that she’s officially a full-fledged toddler, the mayhem in the house has not just doubled, but multiplied exponentially. There is absolutely no point in clearing up the 1,001 bits of random toys strewn around the house, because right after putting them back into their respective boxes, they get thrown out again almost immediately!

Oh the mess!

“This mess is so big and so deep and so tall, we cannot pick it up. There is no way at all!” ~ Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

Caris seems to be enjoying her new-found mobility very much. One of her favourite things to do is to toddle out into the living room, butt-naked, right after her bath. Cristan happily follows suit. Yep, I’m outnumbered and really should just surrender now…

The biggest difference I’ve noticed so far, is that Caris is a lot more adventurous in pushing her physical limits. Cristan, in comparison, has always been the careful and cautious sort.

Check out that cheeky grin as she STANDS on her chair during snack time!

Check out that cheeky grin as she STANDS on her chair during snack time!

But to be honest, I’m really enjoying this stage in Caris’ development. I find toddling toddlers SO DARN CUTE!!!

Queen of Hearts!

Queen of my Heart!

It’s also much easier to bring her out, as I can let her roam around on her own, instead of having to carry her everywhere!

Roaming around the Central Library. Best child-friendly place to hang out on a rainy morning!

Exploring the Central Library. An awesome (and free!) toddler-friendly place to hang out on a rainy morning.

Most of all, it’s delightful to see her finally joining in during playtime. Now that she is able to walk (albeit unsteadily), she can explore and play together with her brother and cousins!

Do-re-mi-fa! All 4 cousins lined up in a row!

Do-re-mi-fa! All 4 cousins lined up in a row!

I’m quite sure this is the start of yet another chapter in my parenting journey: managing double trouble munchkins! Stay tuned for more nefarious adventures of the cheeky duo!

When there's trouble, you know who to look for!

When there’s trouble, we know who to look for!

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