Well, James finally did it. Sure felt like it was never going to happen, but he managed to squeak in his first steps before he turned 18 months (next week). He's really had the strength and ability for several weeks now, but just not the motivation. He'd walk very steadily while holding our hands, but every time we tried to make him let go of even one of our hands at a time, he'd just sit down and cry. No wonder my back went out this week!
We thought it was interesting how he learned to stand up by himself without holding on to anything before he really tried walking. We thought most kids (including Daphne) started by pulling up on something to stand and then letting go to try to walk.
At first, he was motivated to stand up because he liked to try to dance:
Then he was trying a few steps at a time:
And by the next day: