Joanna took her first real walking steps on Valentine's Day, shortly after she turned 15 months old. She'd scooted on her feet a bit before that day, but it was the first time she walked two or more real steps. At 16 months old, walking is still not her preferred mode of transportation. Jo prefers to crawl.
We've been slacking on getting video of Jo's first few steps. Finally, the other day, she walked a bit when I was filming her. I told my husband now we have real proof that she can walk but chooses not to. Jo will walk when we bribe her. She'll also walk as a sort of parlor trick. She lifts her hands up in the air and takes a couple steps before looking back at us for applause and cheering.
Oliver was a late walker, too. He took his first steps around his first birthday, but he wouldn't walk around until he was 16 months old. I don't really mind, and, in some ways, it makes my life easier. There are few falls and worries when your little one is crawling around. Still, it also is a little off-putting to see some 11, 12, and 13 month olds walking circles around Jo!
Here are a few of Joanna's steps on film. Funny stuff.