The big excitement this past month has been walking. Well, almost. He's this close to walking independently. He can stand for quite a few seconds before sitting down or reaching out for something to hold. His actions are becoming more controlled and deliberate. He still prefers crawling, but he is spending more time practicing walking. So we have taken him out a few times to use the walker. He looks like a little old man, grumbling to himself and pushing his shopping trolley down the street...
Walking to the end of our street and back
Walking in the park
As you can see from the videos, he's speedy and determined. He would keep going, if not for all the obstacles and distractions.
Junior loves to explore and usually finds the least obvious place to hang out.
He is also a climber and shows no fear of heights.
We took him to Dundonald Park in Wimbledon, and he enjoyed being perched at the top of one of the play structures.
Wide open spaces have their appeal as well. He left our picnic blanket at Fulham Palace Gardens to get a better view of a dog...
...and he chased some pigeons in South Park Gardens.
He discovered sand and dirt.
I took him to the London Transport Museum for the first time, and we enjoyed it so much we went back the following week.
On rainy days, we visited the library and stayed indoors.
And, alas, we are (reluctantly) preparing for colder weather, and battling off runny noses.
The upcoming month promises both excitement and challenge for all of us: we'll take our first trip to California, and then I'll go back to work. The days are getting shorter and colder. The leaves on the trees are changing. Junior's friends are celebrating their first birthdays, and it will be his turn all too soon.