Elijah is capable of walking! In fact, he started taking a few unassisted steps consistently about a week ago and now he can walk around the whole living and dining room by himself. It was similar to when he started crawling. He figured it out and then became a pro at it in like two seconds (really it was more like two days, but that's still ultra fast, in my opinion). I'm glad because when we're out in public he's getting sick of being stuck in the stroller all the time. So maybe now he'll get the hang of walking 90% of the time and not want to crawl on the dirty floor at the doctor's office so I can let him loose a little. I suppose that's both a blessing and a curse.
For those of you that were wondering, First Steps did come out and do an evaluation on him. I haven't heard back from them yet on the results but the speech therapist woman who was here was really nice and said she didn't think he was delayed, just kind of a mellow kid. That was last week when he was taking a few steps. She predicted that in a week or so he'd be walking all over the house and she was right apparently. She didn't really make any predictions about his speech, so I have no idea when that will develop. She did say, though, that things like speech take a back seat when they're learning motor skills (i.e. walking) so he might have an explosion of words once he masters walking. I suppose we'll see. Again, Bonnie needs to realize she isn't in control and leave it in God's hands since I can't take it from him anyway.
Elijah does seem to finally have mastered the word "Dada". I wasn't entirely sure he knew who "Dada" was or if he was just saying "dadadadada" as a babbling word but last weekend Mike left the room and Elijah was standing there whining "Dada!" so I think he's got at least "Mama" and "Dada" down. Now if we could just add to that list of words. It's always something, isn't it.
So since this has no pictures this time (sorry!), I'm going to attempt to upload the video of Elijah walking that I took this afternoon. No guarantees on whether or not it will work. I've never uploaded a video to my blog before. Here goes...