Walking!

Spencer learning to walk
Spencer learning to walk
Based on his cruising abilities, we predicted Spencer would be walking by Thanksgiving. We then revised that estimate to Christmas, since he was getting so good at pushing around chairs. We were then sure that he would be walking by his first birthday, based on his ability to walk around with his Lightning McQueen car. It was starting to seem like Zeno’s dichotomy paradox. Spencer kept getting closer and closer to walking, but not there.

Well, this last week, his logarithmic improvements turned to exponential ones, and he has really started to take off. We spent the week in San Francisco. On Monday Spencer was starting to take 2-3 steps before grabbing onto something. By Friday he was up to 20-30, and by Sunday morning he was probably up to 100. He still reverts to crawling some, especially when he wants to play with with one of his beloved trucks. We are nonetheless very excited by his progress.

This video is from Paul and April’s house, where Spencer was highly encouraged to walk by Thomas’s example. Unfortunately, he also picked up on Thomas’s high-pitched squealing, though has yet to reach the lofty pitches or extreme amplitudes of Thomas.
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King of the ladder

King of the ladder
King of the ladder
I have been doing some more home improvement lately — mostly installing new doors (more on that soon). Watching Spencer makes progress quite slow, so I frequently will only get a nail or two in at a time, while Spencer is playing with his car or something. Because of this, I have been keeping the small step ladder in the kitchen or front room much of the last week. While Dave and Ellen were visiting, Spencer decided that he liked the vantage point of the top of the ladder. In the last week, he has now learned how to climb up and down the ladder. I caught him doing this on video a couple days ago. He celebrates his ascent by doing some of his other favorite things: blowing, shaking his head, and clicking. We still haven’t figured out what shaking his head is supposed to mean, if anything. We have decided that it does not mean “no”.
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