Joci took her first steps!!!!
She's been so ready for so long, just timid. I've known for *months* that she could walk if she wanted, she just needed to be ready. So tonight I stood her up about a foot away from me and at first she just leaned and fell into my arms. We did that a couple times and then she took a step! It wasn't very steady and she was still leaning really far forward, so it wasn't a very supported step, but I was excited. I stood her up a few more times and she got steadier and steadier. After she took two steady steps, I thought I could officially call it. She took her first steps!
I called Justin. He had been working late and should've been home any time. He was still 20 minutes out, so I kept Joci up past her bed time so he could see it. And it wasn't just a fluke because she did it when he got home. She took steps back and forth between us, even doing three steps at a time. Already she is even more confident about standing. Oh, it's crazy. I can't believe how excited and proud I am! It's such a natural, biological milestone, it's not like my baby is doing this amazing thing other kids don't do. But I felt so euphoric and just...I'm soaring. And I can tell she is too. (Maybe it's because she's a little later on walking than I expected - and I'm a worrier.)
We'll try for pictures within the next day or so.