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On First Steps...

Here are Mike's thoughts on one of the most momentous occasions in the first few years of having a child - when she starts walking!

"My daughter did not start walking until she was almost 2 years old.  For those of you parents that worry about the whole walking thing, well, don't worry because it will definitely happen.

For us, the day came one Saturday morning when she just stood up and took off like Usain Bolt in a new pair of winged shoes.  She must have run about twenty steps before sitting down at the other end of the living room laughing hysterically, almost like she was keeping this big secret the whole time. My wife and I cracked up too and breathed that collective sigh of relief. She was finally WALKING!!!!  Well, now she just can't STOP.  Thank goodness for baby-proofing and child safety gates!

This ended up being the inspiration for the line in the book, "ZOOM, like a race car speeding down the hall," which I felt would make a great visual for the spread.  Katherine has done a great job bringing this to life, and we can't wait for you to see the final result!"

Of course now we have to show you obligatory, beyond adorable videos and pics of baby animals taking their first steps because it's just too cute for words to see anyone tiny learning how to walk on wobbly legs!

Ahhhh too cute! And how about this gif of a little polar bear cub getting up on it's paws?!?!

Images and GIF all found via Pinterest.

Images and GIF all found via Pinterest.

We'll leave you with this cuddly ball of panda fur taking his first steps on film : D

BBC News found via Pinterest.

Do you have any funny or sweet memories of when your children first started walking? Or even your pets? We'd love to hear about them! 

Thoughts on being a "Grown-Up"... courtesy of The Little Prince

Ah, The Little Prince, what a fabulous and imaginative story of what it means to be human. Have you read it?

If not, pick it up from your local library or here immediately! Per The Little Prince's Wikipedia page, it is one of the most popular books ever written:

"The Little Prince, first published in 1943, is a novella and the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The novella is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects (as well as braille), selling nearly two million copies annually with sales totaling over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.

Mike found this beautiful quote from the book (one of his favorite children's books), and here's what he has to say about it:

"This is one of my favorite quotes from The Little Prince. I think there is a part in all of us that never wants to "grow up." But the hard part is not growing up, it is remembering."

Artwork and quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Artwork and quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Working on Love, Daddy has helped all of us find our inner child - spending the day brainstorming about panda bears with pink bows and the magical world they inhabit reminds us how important it is, at any age, to stay creative and use your imagination!

Do something creative and silly today, no matter how old you are!

The Dad from Calvin & Hobbes

Mike's favorite comic strip of all time is Calvin and Hobbes, by the great Bill Watterson. It is pure magic, and here are Mike's thoughts on one of his all time favorites:

"It perfectly captures the silliness of childhood as a counterpoint to the "normal" everyday stresses we feel as adults.  I often wondered what kind of father I would be.  And whether I would win any weird face contests."

Calvin and Hobbes  by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

It's amazing what an impact comics and books - both the art and the words - can have on us as children, and what we remember as adults. Do you have a favorite comic strip or children's book from childhood, or today? And if you're a Dad, is there a Dad out there in cartoon land you identity with?

One Calvin and Hobbes strip is never enough - here's a blog that posts one C&H comic every day from the archives, and a rare interview with cartoonist Bill Watterson himself.

We'd love to hear, happy Thursday from the Love, Daddy team!