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Shake, Rattle & Roll

Maybe I was naive but I thought it would be a slower process, however Lyla seems bound and determined to start walking “full-time” and over the course of one weekend I listened to her speech start to evolve from dictatorial type rants of sharp sounds and yells to the makings of words. It seemed like only last week that she would sit in her high chair as if giving an address to the masses; barking what seemed like orders at her Mom and myself. Confident and determined to get her point across as every good leader does. The only problem was that she was completely incoherent. What do you expect; she is barely a year old?
This weekend however, she began to soften her tone into words, albeit it simple ones. You could hear her saying “Hi Daddy”, “Hi Muma”, and even the beginnings of ”Memere”. Anytime you say “Hi Lyla”, she answers, “Yaya”, smiles and laughs. In many cases she snorts and makes her patented scrunchy face. Don’t ask me why, but she thinks this is hilarious.

What I find most astounding though is the rapid progression from crawling 90%, walking 10% to the exact opposite, walking from one end of the hall to the other, stopping in the middle to do a little bit of dancing. She dances like the Honky Tonk Man, (remember 1980’s WWF?) arching her back and waves one arm over her head, the other arm down low. Another variation is the “chicken wing” in which she waves her arm like a chicken. Sorry, I have no wrestling or pop culture reference for this move. It is uniquely hers.

As I watch her play and dance, I am reminded that all too soon she will be running then driving, and who knows what else. She walks towards me with her arms outstretched and the excitement of reaching me is almost too much for her to bear. One day she will be pushing me away, wanting to hang with her friends, not her Daddy. I know I am probably getting way ahead of myself, but this is one of the hardest things about being a new parent; the realization that one day they will walk away from you.

What’s my point? I guess today it is a simple one. Enjoy every moment you have with your kids because as cliché as it sounds, they grow up so fast and this learning stage is one of the most beautiful and amazing things I have ever experienced!

Jason Darby is a sports blogger, musician and most significantly the proud father of a beautiful 1-year-old daughter. He currently works in the academic publishing industry and is working on a book about the Maple Leafs and the pilot for a sitcom currently titled “The Shop”. He spends much of his spare time watching the Detroit Tigers with his little girl. Come back often to read his musings on raising a child from a father’s perspective. Please leave comments for Jason on this blog! You can also reach Jason on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/darbyjason

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