He took the occasional unassisted step before he was one. But since I usually bribed him with a chocolate chip I figured it didn't count. But on Friday evening my mother-in-law says to us, "William has taken 4 steps for you too, right?" YAY!!!! Our answer was no, that she was indeed the first one to see purposeful steps. But I was so pleased that at 12 months and one week my baby was attempting to walk.
Ever since then he has been acting like a toddler instead of a baby. He purposefully walks, stops to gain his balance, and then walks again. He hasn't accomplished more than 8 steps, but he is now walking from table to chair instead of crawling. And each time he accomplishes this feat he "aaaahhhhs" at me so I can see it too and congratulate him properly.
He will go to a toy and then take it to another part of the house to put it into a bag or cup. He fills up cups while in the bath. He knocks on the bedroom doors to play with his siblings. And his food preferences are very obvious with him tossing food he doesn't want onto the floor and when he wants more of another food he points and "aaaahhhhs".
I can't believe how quickly he is growing up. Now if I can just get him to sleep through the night. *yawn*