I know my mom would love to see me walking on my own and she feels like she has been waiting forever, but just between you and me.. there IS a reason I'm not yet. And it has nothing to do with low muscle tone, fluid in my middle ear canal, or hesitation on my part to try something new (aka: extreme anxiety, according to you-know-who). Are you ready to hear what the real reason is? Okay. Shhhh... The real reason why, at almost 23 months old, that I am still not walking unassisted is.... I have been spending my time secretly conducting exclusive research for the "Assisted Walking Devices Company."
Yup. Believe it.
For many many months now I have been test-walking every kind of make and model of walker available in today's market. This includes, but is not limited to, the pink V-Tech walker, the hippo, the large red tube, a lion walker, doll carriages, doll strollers (yes, there IS a difference), tool benches that aren't really walkers but are still fun to push around, Leap Frog standing toy which, again, isn't technically a walker but sure can move when you put a little oomph behind it, dining room chairs, small toy room chairs, and of course the "actual" therapy walker.
Recently I received word that the M&M funding for my research may experiencing some cutbacks and while the official documents and reviews won't be available to the general public for a few months, I wanted to give you, my loyal readers, a sneak peak of my very favorite, must have walker for the upcoming year. Are you ready for this???
Here it/she is! I call it the My Oh My Walker (MOM for short..)
This walker has the smoothest corner-turning of any I've tested, stops and goes on a whim (or a whine), responds quickly to grunts and hand motions, and best of all it/she is always accessible. There are never any batteries to change and it/she sings and dances with repeated use (though that could also be considered a downfall if you've ever heard/seen it/her..). It/she even clears clutter out of the way as I'm walking (not that we ever have any of that is this house... ha!) It/she is very adjustable and transitions from walking with 2 or 1 hand with ease. There is a built in "hand"y (hee hee) carrier that becomes available when walking with only 1 hand that can be used to carry all your baby dolls, race cars, tools, magnets.. Whatever really. Its capacities seem to be endless. You do have to keep a close watch on this particular model though as I've caught it/her a few times trying to set some of my treasures down when it/she thought I wasn't watching.
The only downfall? I've noticed her cheerfulness does start to decline after about the third consecutive hour of walking back and forth around the house, but that is something I'm currently addressing with management. We're committed to getting all the kinks worked out because how something/someone could NOT be cheerful while assisting me in the very important task of learning to walk eludes me... I continue to push it/her to the limits. After all, perseverance only makes us stronger, right?
I'm sad that my research is coming to an end, but I hope you find it beneficial for meeting your walker needs.
Ummm... Does this mean I have to start walking on my own soon?