Sunday, March 27, 2011
At around 11 months, around the same time he started crawling, Bean started pulling up to a stand. Cruising followed a couple of months later. He would take a few steps here and there if we were holding both hands and giving lots of support and guidance with our legs. He would also let go of whatever object he was holding on to and arms would go up for 10-30 seconds as if to say, "Look at me, ma. No hands!" We would hoot and holler and make a big congratulatory scene. Because we were, after all, incredibly proud of all the progress Bean has made.
In the meantime, he surprised and delighted us this past Thursday evening. When we were getting ready for bed time bath, Bean pulled up to a stand on the ottoman in his brother's room. I offered my hand for him to walk towards me. After two lightly supported steps, I let go fully expecting him to drop to his knees and crawl towards me. But no. Bean took his first two independent steps!!! He surprised himself, too but he was very proud of himself after receiving a tremendous round of applause. It was one of the largest, sweetest grins I have ever seen!