We've known for a while that Eli could walk, but it was a matter of him finding the confidence to do it. He was on the verge when we went on our trip to DC but the infection in his toe caused him such swelling and damage in the tissues that we knew it would set him back for a while. We didn't push walking simply because we were unsure of how sore his foot would be and somehow along the way we forgot about working in it. Eli didn't though. He's watched all his friends at the preschool nursery walking and he wants nothing more than to be like his brother and sister. So one day while I was eating lunch I heard him squeal with delight and he then he came tottering in breathless excitement toward me - he was walking and best of all, he knew it! I was nearly to tears by the time I finished recording this video.
I wish the video could capture his hyperventilating. He was just so thrilled and clear indication of how hard he has worked to get here. Ever since then he never goes back to 'spider-boy' crawl. A week later in the preschool he was kicking a soccer ball around, just like his big brother. This kid has aspirations and once he gets a toehold, nothing is going to stop him. Watch out world, here come Elias Montierth!