Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tip-Toeing Through The Tulips
Okay. So, I have a question. One that needs some feedback from those of you who know. Or those of you who think you might know. ...Or those of you who probably don't know, but have a theory.
Sophie walks on her tippy-toes. Almost all of the time, even when she's wearing shoes. In fact, really the only time she's not tippy-toed is when she's sleeping. And heck, she may be tippy-toed then, for all I know.
She walks tippy-toed. She runs tippy-toed. She dances tippy-toed. She even just stands there tippy-toed. It's like she's in constant ballerina mode.
She started doing it several months ago (I don't remember exactly when, so I can't trace it back to anything specific), and she just has never stopped. It just seems to be the way she prefers to walk (run, jump, dance, etc).
What does it mean?
Is it a sign of some large oddity deep within her (larger than the other oddities)?
And even more puzzling than why, HOW in the heck does she do it? My feet start burning like fire after about ten seconds of standing in that position. It's like constantly wearing really high heels. ...But without the heel to help hold you up. The girl is going to have some seriously beefed up calves if she doesn't cut it out!
We've tried asking her why she does it. You know, the obvious: "Sophie, why do you walk on your tippy-toes?" But, as expected, that never really gets us anywhere. She doesn't really grasp the "whys" of things yet. Most of the time she asks us why she does things. For example:
Me: "Sophie Kristin! Tell me that wasn't a bean you just poked up your nose."
Sophie: "Uh oh! Why did I do that, Mama?"
If we point it out to her and ask her to walk normally (flat-footed), she does. But it's very deliberate and heavy -- clomp, clomp, clomp, like she's walking through deep snow wearing steel-toed boots.
I've done some research on the subject (yes, there actually is a "tippy-toe" subject). It says occasional toe-walking is normal in kids until the age of three. But then apparently it becomes less "normal" and more concerning. The issues associated with it are autism, CP, sensory issues, neurological deficiencies, and short/tight Achilles tendons and lower leg muscles. All of which make sense, I guess. But none of which seem to apply to Sophie. I mean, wouldn't there be signs of other things, other motor related issues, in combination with the tippy-toeing...if those problems were applicable?
Anybody got any theories I can live with? And what I mean by that is, please refrain from chiming in with: "Oh my gosh!! Not tippy-toe walking! That is the indicator of some serious deep seeded wackiness just waiting to pop out. She's gonna grow up to be a Serial Killer for sure." (I mean, even if that is what it means, I think I'd like to remain in the dark until I'm already chopped up and in the freezer. She already has the whole adopted thing working against her in that area, you know. ...Hee.)
Just thought I'd ask. For now, I'm going to continue subscribing to the "It's just a phase" theory. I guess I'll chalk it up to yet another one of those oddball things that our Little Oddball just likes to do. Now, but hopefully not forever. Because as you all know, we really don't need another thing to add to our Funky Plate. We're kind of piled high as it is.