Madelyn took her first steps around 10 months-old but it’s only been in the last week or so that she started to prefer walking over crawling as her mode of transportation. She does the typical wide-stance penguin waddle; starting off slowly then getting faster and faster as she gains confidence. When she sees Patrick running toward her in excitement she drops quickly to the ground in fear for her safety. He rarely knocks her down intentionally; he is just soooo excited she can walk. “Chase me Maddy-O'Cakes-E-O,” he’ll call out as he runs away, looking over his shoulder to make sure she is following him. If Patrick is sitting on the floor, reading a book or playing quietly, Madelyn will toddle over and tackle him to the ground, squealing and giggling all the while. I must say she is quite scrappy for her size! Then they roll around on the floor laughing and cuddling.
Here is a video of our little Birdie walking over the last week: