I started walking when I was 10 months and by the time I was a year could walk quite well and, according to mom, quite quickly. The photo below was taken during my first walk outdoors. The day must have been a warm winters day, as it had to be February (a month before my first birthday). It's hard to tell but the sweater I'm wearing appears to be handmade. Mom would have put the pants on under my dress to keep me warm.
The picture isn't very clear, but the sweater looks like its crocheted, which is likely, as both my mother and grandmother were crocheters. I'm wearing the same sweater in the picture below (but not the same bonnet). There are many pictures of me in bonnets, but only until my first birthday and I have no idea why, unless my curls became to cute to cover.
The sweater was pale pink and I know because it's in mom's cedar chest. What else would you dress a baby girl in in 1951? As you can see, the leaves have been cleared from the yard and I look slightly older than in the first photo, and since my birthday is in March it appears the winter of 1951 wasn't much of a snow producer.
This photo was taken on my first birthday. The trees have not started to bud. In Idaho. In March. I'm surprised! My birthday dress was bright red and had a matching bonnet. The walking shoes are the ubiquitous white baby shoes of the day and, since my sisters wore the same style, they must have been the standard for years to come.
This picture was taken when I was close to 18 months and you can tell it's summertime. I'm dreaming of walking in the summertime today, as it was another cold gray day in Utah.
Did you notice the new look of my blog? It was a subtle change, but Vicki updated the header (3 new pictures) and I made a slight change to the background color.