I mean real walking. Free of hand use walking.
And I know it's coming any day now. I just dont' know when.
You see, there are lots of indicators that tell me it's impending.
1. He can stand independantly. He still needs to pull himself up to a standing position, but once there he's fine. And can get down on his own.
2. His cruising has reached a new point. It used to be he could only walk along items. Now he's discovered if he pushes something along ahead of him, he can go more places and not have to keep getting up and down. Unfortunately, one of those items he pushes? Is his pen. While he's in it. Discovered it last night when we put him in it to get some things done and left the room. Came back in panicked when we heard a loud crash. He'd just knocked stuff down while walking around the first floor surrounded by a giant plastic fence. He was fine.
3. the pen is about to outlive it's usefulness (so fast!). He's climbing up its walls. Quite pleased with himself too. Same with his baby gates. And his dresser. And everything else basically. Not to mention now that he can move the pen over to where he wants this means he can get to almost everything since he just climbs up till he can reach over the top and grabs stuff. Then climbs back down and plays with it. He's gotten a few books that way.
So now we've accepted the climbing won't quit. We're concentrating on teaching him you go down feet/bottom first. Not head first. And I think it's time to invest in a walking toy. It'll do less damage than the giant circumference his pen has. His Grandma was concerned that walking toys don't move well on carpet, but really? They have to move better than a giant plastic fence. She had to laugh because she never had this problem. None of us was quite this active.
And I'm going to have to think of something to secure the dog door. He *KNOWS* it's a way out to a new world and seems to have no fear about crawling thru tunnels. In fact, tunnels have a special appeal to him. UGH!!!!
I am not equipped for a daredevil baby!!!