A lifetime ago Sophie pulled herself up to standing for the first time. In reality, it was probably about six months, but with each new development, I forget what life was like before. Since then, she has been cruising* with increasing agility. Day by day, she has gotten stronger and more confident in her ability to move around on her own two feet. Although it took her months to get to a place where she would let go of the sofa or coffee table and take that one giant step for babykind, it took her the space of a weekend to go from a few tentative independent steps to a walking machine.
Pay no attention to the giant bruise on her forehead, a casualty of her newfound skills.
*This is where babies walk along holding on to things: furniture, people, walls; it's known as cruising in the parent hood.
**Look at the fish in the upper right hand corner. It watches her walk by the tank. Wild, huh?