Did I imagine that milestone?

Surely, holding a door open for a member of either sex is just good manners?

LESLEY KEATING: Would you dare hold a door open for a woman?

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We’ve got something new to write in Alyssa’s record book.

Joining the list of milestones that include the date of her first tooth, and the first time she clapped her hands, is the first time she walked.

It’s taken her 11 months but she finally pulled herself up to stand next to the sofa and walked three tiny steps to the other sofa where I was sitting.

I was the only one in the house so just in case I imagined witnessing her next major move towards independence, I moved her back to the corner of the sofa and encouraged her to recreate those three wobbly steps.

To my surprise she did. I was thrilled and very much the proud dad.

I was also quite pleased that I’d witnessed this special moment as I had missed Caitlin’s first steps.

I couldn’t wait to tell Serena. Even though disappointed that she missed it, she was really proud too.

Problem is, Alyssa will now not recreate those steps for anyone.

Maybe she just doesn’t like an audience, but I’ll continue to encourage, just so it doesn’t look like daddy imagined it.