And sure enough they were right. After 6 months of being quite happy to crawl around or cruise around furniture, last Sunday, at 15 months and 29 days, Little One finally decided to walk unaided. It was a hugely exciting moment and completely out of the blue. We totally put it down to him having a bit of an audience in that 3 of his grandparents were around and so it was lovely they were able to see it first hand too. He spent the whole day walking up and down the living room following his new tractor toy around and he just had the biggest smile on his face all day.
Since then, we have had walking non stop and I am amazed at how confident (and quick!) he has become in just a week. He is still very much wobbling around and falls over a lot, but quickly gets himself back up and carries on his little journey, usually trying to carry something bigger than him- namely his change bag, a violin case or a 1kg box of Shreddies. He has changed so much in a week, purely because he has discovered his new found freedom. He loves helping with everything around the house, putting things away, carrying his socks and vests to the washing machine for me and just being a super little helper.
This time of year isn't the nicest time to learn to walk. We can't really go to the park to walk around the grass as it's all wet and muddy but it's nice to be able to take him to walk outside. We have ventured out to the garden centre to wander around the Christmas village a couple of times using the reins and we have slowly and carefully tottered down the lane for a little walk to see the horses, again on the reins.
Today, we made the leap to let him loose in our little back garden. As I lifted him up the steps he could barely contain himself, his little legs were running in the air before I'd even out him on the grass. Although we were only out for 10 minutes before it got too gloomy and cold, he looked pleased as punch that he had this freedom.
Although walking is a huge milestone and a very exciting moment, it has very much become an ordinary part of our everyday lives this week, and as with every other milestone, it's as if he's been doing it forever. It still makes me smile when he has a little crawl around for a few seconds and we catch a glimpse of the baby he was, but he will quickly get back up and continue on his walking journey, always with something to carry in his hand. He's well and truly developed into a happy, lively little toddler.
I haven't taken many photos on my DSLR for a while as the weather has been awful and it's always so dark. I managed to quickly capture these as the light was fading so they're a bit grainy. I had to be super quick as he was trying to escape!