*"Be careful, guy!" yelled Colton up to the man repelling down the rock.* (story continued later)
If I had to describe Colton in a few words, one of them would certainly be cautious. I've watched him take 2 mins to climb down a step at the park. He stops. He analyzes it. He places his hands on a pole...and slloooowwwllyy steps down. I've been known to give him a little push down a slide to finally make him go down. I've seen him stop at a 2 in ramp, get on his tummy, and back down over the 2 in ramp. Colton has never let anyone just randomly hold him besides me and Mike. It took us 7 months to get him to go on his own to nursery.
Don't get me wrong, there are some real benefits to a cautious child...
- He will NEVER walk off with a stranger or run away
- He plays on the playground exactly how he's supposed to and doesn't try anything crazy
- He stays close by my side
- He is a mama's boy
- He thinks through things before he does them
- He's a rather calm child and does a lot of building and playing rather than sprinting and dumping toys
Okay, done with that random analyzing...Now onto the story from today! We went hiking at Red Rock. Just the sight of the big rocks make Colton shake and hold on to me while saying "hold you! hold you!" I eventually got him to step foot on the ground, but he only would when it was the dirt...NOT the rocks. Then...he eventually started walking around...then crawling on the rocks...then walking on the rocks while holding my hand...then walking all by himself. I was so proud of him!
I'm sure the people around us were chuckling at Mike and me praising "Colton, way to go bud! You are walking...on a rock! We are so proud of you!"