Jessica has been taking her first tentative steps lately. A night or two ago she enjoyed a rousing game of "walk across the room between Mommy and Daddy" (with an appropriate number of spills along the way).

As we encouraged her game, the thought occurred to me how lucky I am to get to play this game with her, and how quickly she will move on from here. Right now the game is fun because taking steps is such a novelty for her. Soon she'll be walking with confidence, and this specific game will cease to amuse. In total, I'm guessing the phase where taking steps itself is both challenging and delightful to her will have lasted only a few weeks before it passes.