Going on three months ago, Tristan started holding your hand and walking. Then I stood him up and he walked 3 or 4 steps to my dad then did the same back to me.
Then, he decided he didn't want to walk on his own. He started sitting down as soon as you started to let go. Well, either that or he would pull his feet up and hang off your hands like a monkey to avoid you forcing him to walk.
Over the weekend we went to Florida for my cousin Rachael's wedding. 4 of my mom's 6 sisters were there and with all the attention and excitement Tristan started taking a couple steps here and there between the couch and the table. Monday, in the airport, he took 6 steps between me and my mom, his most yet!
On Tuesday I asked him if he was ready for breakfast, stood him up as I always do and walked toward the kitchen. He just let go of the couch and walked to me! It was only about 8 steps, but it was the first time he had initiated walking by himself. I squealed and jumped and clapped! I was thrilled. I decoded to brush my teeth before breakfast and headed to the bathroom. He played on the side of the tub as usual and when I said let's go and headed toward the kitchen, he followed me walking around 20 or so steps. Cue more fanfare! The third time he walked he pushed himself up from sitting and took off. Its like he was waiting to perfect his walking before he finally let go. We spent Tuesday afternoon on the Grandparents Walking Tour of Huntington.
I intended to take him on the great-grandparents leg of the tour yesterday, but he had a runny nose which today is accompanied by a cough. He acts like he feels fine, so I'm not worried. As soon as he is well, we'll continue the tour.