Eden walked for the first time today! She's 19 months old and 5 days, so she's officially got the family record for latest first steps. The record was formally held by her Mama and her Yaya, both of whom walked sometime in the 18 months time period. The video is tilted, but you get the idea.
We've known for several weeks now that Eden is capable of standing and walking, she just didn't want to do it. She was happy getting around on her knees. I remembered she learned to crawl by going after chocolate chips, so I thought that might work again. So I sat her down on the bottom step, tempted her with chocolate, and she stood right up. We worked on this for awhile, and it was clear she could stand up, so I started making her stand up for a longer period of time before she got the chocolate (and then later an animal cracker). During one of these standing up periods she just got sick of waiting for me to hand her the cookie, and she took a step forward. Wow! I ran for the video camera and captured this. An hour later, at the USF cafeteria, she walked about 10 steps to Nathan, who was holding a brownie, got the brownie, turned around and walked back, all without falling down at all!
We're having a t-shirt made for her which says, "Will Walk for Chocolate."