Petra Takes First Steps in Mexico
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico- Within the past month, a marked change has happened in my traveling family: my daughter, Petra, began taking charge of her travels. At one year and one month old, she said that she has had enough of just following mom and dad around, that she would not just passively sit still and watch the world go by — no, she began walking on the long path of self-determination that she will hopefully follow for the rest of her life: she began choosing where she wants to go.
There are now three of us giving input as to the wheres of this journey.
I can no longer just walk down the street, leading my little girl to wherever I want to go and expect her to follow passively; nope, Petra now travels where she wants to travel.
For a few months, Petra has been able to walk with Chaya or I holding her hands. At first, she would just go to where we lead her — no problems, life is good, there is as good as here. But a month ago, this all changed:
My baby began leading the way. Thump, thump, thump we go walking down the street. I am holding on to one of Petra’s hands, my wife the other. Petra is dragging us from one place around San Cristobal de las Casas to the next.
Shops all of a sudden have turned into playrooms, grocery stores into gyms, restaurants into playgrounds, and each person has become either a potential playmate or an admirer as the streets have became Petra’s domain. It now sometimes takes an hour to walk two blocks with Petra, as she wants to check out every shop and storefront and call out to everyone along the way.
When Petra enters a store, she does not do so without being noticed. If the shop is playing music, she dances and laughs; if not, she yells and calls out until the shopkeeper looks at her, smiles, and tells her how cute she is. Usually this comes without hesitation, Petra meets people easily, and people generally seem to like meeting her. Almost every time we walked down the street of just about every place that we have traveled as a family has lead to Petra receiving lots of attention, and has lead to her making lots of friends. Petra leads Chaya and I into shops and calls out “ahhh, ahhh, ooolllaaa, ooolllaaa” to the shopkeepers, or to anybody else around.
This is how you make friends in travel.
Petra is now a traveler, she is now not only enjoying the people she meets in travel, but the places as well.
Traveling Baby Learns to Walk
Petra is also starting to walk. For the past couple of weeks she could walk — she had all the muscle tone, coordination, and knew how to do it — but she just seemed a little frightened. On a couple of occasions she surprised herself with a step or two. But last night, she really walked.
Video of traveling baby walking
The walking started out with a few wobbly knee hesitation steps, but these seemed to have lead to a realization that she can do it. Good thing too, because it is my impression that Petra was getting pissed off about how her little friends could get up and walk all over the place and she still had to crawl. Petra can now walk, too.
I can only fear the trail that she is now going to leave on this planet. I am going to be playing catch up real soon.
It is all in the shoes
There is a little girl that lives in the hotel that we are staying in who is around five months older than Petra, her grandparents are the hotel’s owners. The two kids play together all day, when they go into the dining room and the other one is not there they call out to each other. The other baby cries “Pitra!”, and Petra cries “Nena!” They have become pretty good companions.
A couple of days ago the owners of the hotel made a gift of a new pair of shoes to Petra — which are no small priced gift either. They were good shoes, they were walking shoes. The next day Petra was walking. It is all in the shoes.
Traveling baby walks conclusion
Now my traveling family is officially made up of three travelers. Petra is walking now. This morning she kept up on the trend and was walking across the kitchen as my wife cooked. Petra can now tread a trail upon her earth in quick bursts of rapid fire steps. We all cheer.
Petra is taking charge as she discovers her world, now, we are all in these travels together. This journey has begun.