Oh dear... My 11-month-old baby is a drunken zombie walker...

At 6-months-old Ollie started cruising. At 10-months-old he took his first un-aided  steps.  Well, at 11-months and 6-days-old, my baby started walking. I mean full-ass-on walking.

At some point last week he began insisting on being put down in the standing position.  Every time I would try to set him down he would lock his legs out like a kickstand on a bike. He refused to sit down, I would hold have to his hands so he would drag me around the house walking.  Then, within a couple of days, I could just set him down in the standing position. He no longer needed me to hold him until he decided to sit down. Then two days ago, he took off from the coffee table and crossed the room to FTD, close to 10 steps! FTD and I stared in amazement, Ollie didn't even seem slightly surprised. I would think Ollie would have been stoked, but nothing, just glad to be at daddy's feet.  We clapped and did the happy dance.

Just two days later, he is officially a walker...but the way he staggers, stumbles, sways and catches himself on walls and furniture, he looks like a cross between a drunkard and a zombie.  I actually thought about dressing him up like a zombie and recording him, so I could send the video of him to AMC. Anyway, Oliver is walking... BIG TIME!

Now he is a walking maniac.  He walks up and down the hall, through the kitchen and is even taking the corners like a pro.  Scary, very scary.  He still cannot stand up by himself, but he has learned to use just about anything to stand-up, even a small toy to push off of to stand-up.  Anything he can use to stand-up is fair game... and then he is off!

He stands to play with his books

Me: Ollie, please bring Mommy the book
Ollie: This Book?!

Ollie: Ok! 

Here I come!!
(Sorry for the fuzzy photos, he weebles and wobbles quite a bit!)

Ollie: Here you go... OOH what's up there???
(You cannot see, but he is looking at the edge of his little dresser...
he sees a whole new level of fun, we see a whole new level of child proofing)

Oh, you all... I am kind of bummed.  He is only 11-months-old!  I want my baby to stay my baby.  It seems like since he was born he has been in a hurry to grow-up!  He is so busy now.  He is busy learning to walk, and climb and throw things.  He is busy growing-up and it's killing me!

If you are reading this and thinking, "My baby is no where near walking at 11-months." Be thankful! They grow up so fast, meet and beat their milestones before you know it. For us, the milestones have come and gone SO SO SO quickly! Of course I am proud of my little baby, he is awesome and wonderful and so smart and capable, but in the end, they all walk eventually, why does mine have to haul ass first? Oh how I wish I could dig in my heals and slow down time!

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Stacy said...

So very cute! Congrats on his first steps!

Claire said...

welcome to my world 10mths for number 1 and 9myths for number 2. She has now decided she likes to walk outside, so now walks up the path to the car park. I' m already dreading the next school year I think she'll be wanting to attempt the mile long school run. well done Ollie on walking, but poor mummy just getting her sleep back is going to feel all tired again, except mentally tired this time trying to keep 2 steps ahead of you. xx

Alissa said...

Awesome!!! I have been hoping and wishing James would start walking or even attempt to stand on his own... no dice. He loves cruising but the second he even gets the hint I am trying to let go and get him to stand he immediately sits down. So frustrating!! Only 27 days until his birthday and I was hoping he'd be starting to stand/walk by that point. Oh well I guess I need to stop and smell the roses and just enjoy my "baby" a little longer. His new trick... griding his teeth together. Gives me the shiver every time. He only has 5 teeth but will grind them happily over and over again.

William Newman said...

Good years, enjoy them. As the father of four teens and young adults these are the fun "I still love my parents" years. They just haven't learned to communicate that message yet. So you might hear screaming. But know its "loving" screaming you hear. While they sprint through the home like its a jungle gym.

Quirky Chrissy said...

I was a walking talking monster early on. :)

Babies really are like little drunk puppies!

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

Go Ollie! Must have been the superpowers he got from that Batman outfit. I know what you mean about him not being a "baby" anymore, but if it makes you feel any better I think things get SO much more fun once they're walking! (And, at least for B, it meant less whining because he could get where he wanted to go more easily.)

Kristy J said...

That's so awesome he's walking!! I know it's scary for you but it's great for me to read about :-) We're still patiently waiting for Avery J to crawl, he's still in the swimmer flailing about stage.

Unknown said...

OMG! I can't believe I didn't see this yesterday! CONGRATULATIONS! and my condolences... because nothing and no one will ever be safe again! AHHAHAHA... but seriously- that's f'ing awesome :)

Unknown said...

Wait, where's Ollie? I only saw Batman....