Ben’s now walking independently!! Within the last three weeks, he has become more adventurous while walking. He has even gotten comfortable walking around on less forgiving surfaces such as the patio and the sidewalk. He’ll walk just about anywhere. He really seems to enjoy stopping before he gets to an object. Many times he will just stand there and look around, then reach forward to the table, couch, or person that he was walking toward. It’s almost like he’s saying “wow, I did this alone”.
His social personality has really began to shine as he’s been walking more. At school, he will walk back and forth between people. Once anyone applauds his accomplishment, he continues with great enthusiasm. When he arrives at his destination, he will stop and look toward the “audience” and smile anxiously awaiting the applause. Sometimes, he bounces up and down during the applause. And other times he will even applaud for himself!!
Here are a couple of brief videos from his walking adventures over the last week.
He’s also become very interested in opening and shutting doors. My mom gave us a used Radio Flyer wagon last month that had an opening for a door. Aaron found some scrap wood in the garage and made a door for the wagon. (Of course as an engineer who is a father concerned about safety, he had to make sure the door not only opened and shut but that it also latches. So he used an extra gate latch and installed it on the wagon with the door.) Ben LOVES playing with the door, walking around the wagon and climbing in and out of the wagon too. Last night he screamed bloody murder when we had to put it away in order to go to sleep. He cried for about 2 minutes after I took him inside. (Oh yeah, in addition to his social personality developing, his temperament is also developing.) I’m so glad he’s exploring the world, but geesh kid, do you really have to let the entire block know you are upset?? Anyway, I’ll leave you will one more video, his fascination with the Radio Flyer wagon door.