our little boy is officially walking. It is such a miracle when it finally comes together and you see them begin to walk. At least for my little boy, he got this look of absolute bewildered joy, like a light bulb going on. Aha, this is what I have been missing! He took the plunge and wandered across the fake grass, the AstroTurf playground in Lake Como, and he hasn't looked back. He has been able for several months now, taking steps only when highly motivated. But now, it's all he wants to do. It was a really fun step, from couch surfing to taking steps alone. He still loves to look for both momma and dada's hands and walk between the two of us. He of course only wants to lead. He is a spoiled boy, with the amount of time he has with both his momma and dada. In a good way of course, spoiled with love! We hope time together as a family is building something in him, something strong and secure. Something new toys and money and fancy clothes don't get...since he really has none of those things right now, only a few books and small toys that fit in a bag, and the toys we find in the apartments and hotels we visit. Light switches, pans, remote controls, water bottles, zippers, drains and dishwashers are some of his favorite things. But when he starts walking, then turns around and reaches his hand back for each of us to take, and the three of us walk hand in hand down these uneven streets, I think: perfect.