A Walk with a 12 Month Old

Walk with a 12 Month Old--TMMEvery morning, Eli and I go on a walk.  With his walker wagon as support (since he is not quite walking without assistance), Eli leads, and I follow.

8:42 a.m.  We’re off!

Walk A8: 45 a.m. Eli sees a bird.  He signs “bird” and points to show me.  Ever since our bird discovery, a bird cannot fly by or make a sound without Eli signing to tell me about what he sees or hears.

Walk C

8:48 a.m.  It’s trash day. and Eli spots our neighbor’s trash bin.  He leaves his wagon behind, crawls to the trash bin, and backs himself down the slight slope to get a closer look.

Walk D

8:55 a.m. After some good banging time on the trash bins, he makes his way back to his walker wagon.

Walk E

8:56 a.m. He decides to crawl and push his wagon instead of walk with it. (His bum is a little muddy now from crawling slightly into the street to explore the trash bins.)

Walk F

8:58 a.m. We’re back on our feet!

Walk G

9:01 a.m. He spots flowers in a neighbor’s yard and takes a closer look.

Walk H

9:03 a.m. He decides to taste one.

Walk I

And tells me it is “yuck!”

Walk J

9:05 a.m. We’re off again!

Walk K

9:06 a.m. He hears a dog barking, so he pauses and says “woof.”

Walk L

9:07 a.m. He sees an interesting crack in the sidewalk, so he gets a closer look.

Walk N

9:10 a.m. He hears and then sees an airplane.  He points up at it.  Just like the birds, ever since our airplane discovery, he is even more aware of airplanes.

Walk M

9:11 a.m. And we’re off again!

Walk O

9:12 a.m. He spots our neighbors walking, and he abandons his walker wagon and crawls towards them.

Walk P

9:13 a.m. He sits to wave “hello” as they approach.  After we chat with our neighbors for a couple minutes, he tells me he is “all done.”

Walk Q

We have walked for 31 minutes, and we only made it two doors down from our house.  But, oh, what we saw and did!

The joys of motherhood are countless, but the most unexpected gift Eli gave me was time.  Time to hear every bird’s chirp and every plane’s vrrrmmm.  Time to see the beauty in every flower and discover every crack in the sidewalk.  Time to take small steps and big breaths.  Eli gave me time to experience this lovely and fascinating world we live in.  I know parents often say “the days are long but the years are short” when it comes to parenting a young child, and I couldn’t agree more.  But, what a beautiful gift it is to have long days and slow adventures as the sidekick to my little explorer!


  1. Rachel

    I love how you let your adorable little boy play outdoor and having these awesome experiences. I have a 9 months old daughter and I would love to let her play outdoor like this. However, I’m afraid she is getting dirty. Any tips?

    • Lindsay

      Rachel, as long as Eli isn’t hurting others, himself, or materials/objects, I let him do his thing. So, when it comes to getting dirty, I know his clothes can be washed and I can plop him into the bathtub, so I let him have the sensorial experiences of dirt, grass, mud, puddles, etc. If it is your fear/worry you are hoping to overcome, my advice would be to start small–maybe invite your daughter to explore a small bowl of sand or dirt. As you become more comfortable, your invitations can become more adventurous. I hope this helps! Good luck! And thanks for reading! 😊

      • Rachel

        My daughter puts everything in her mouth now, so I guess I’m afraid that she would put dirt, grass, etc. in her mouth. Or when her hands are dirty, she puts them in her mouth. And I fear that she would get insect bites/stings if I let her sit/crawl on grass. So much fear on my side 🙁

        I really like your blog, btw. Oh and if time allows, could you please share how you began teaching Eli sign language. I started but it doesn’t appear that my LO understands it.

        • Lindsay

          We started with a few signs pretty much from birth. Around 8-9 months old, we kicked it into gear and tried to sign more and consistently. His first signs came right before he turned one, and he then had an explosion of signs right after turning one. Based on our experience and what I’ve read, it takes time and a lot of modeling before a baby picks up a sign. I’d focus on a few signs that you all think are important ideas to communicate. We chose “rest,” “water,” “eat,” “milk,” and “all done” to start, but we added a lot or he would make up his own signs if we didn’t teach him an idea he wanted to communicate (such as “vacuum,” “leash,” “truck,” “sunglasses,” etc.). I hope this helps!

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