step-step-step... topple. If there's something really exciting to head for he can make it about halfway across a room, but he isn't exactly a machine. I found some parenting sites that were reassuring - lots of people writing in that their children weren't walking at 16 months - but, you know, this is New York. Having the only kid on the playground who isn't scampering leads to much unsolicited advice from the Tory Birch crowd. (I know those shoes are so last season but I still covet a pair.) Believe me, I've heard it all: force him to walk everywhere, get him better shoes, take him to baby yoga, tie a scarf under his armpits and hoist him up... The "all babies develop differently" mantra is starting to sound a touch tinny after so many repetitions.
So anyway, his doctor thought it couldn't hurt to have him evaluated. Maybe every state has these types of programs but they're new to me. Apparently someone comes to your house and evaluates everything - mental, physical - to determine where the kid is developmentally. Then, if need be, they'll hook him up with physical therapy. And it's all FREE. I felt a little hesitant at first but once they said free, you know I was in. I'm excited to see what they have to say.