We have a walker!

Well I think we can officially say that we have a walker on our hands! Natalie still crawls a little bit, but she walks at least 85-90% of the time! We got some video of her last night, and it's so cute! I'm going to see if Brad can maybe upload a video so I can post that! It's really neat to see her walking around just for no reason - or walking with a specific destination!

I feel like I haven't posted much in a while about what Natalie's doing. She is still pretty consistent with the animal sounds that she knows - snake, cow, and sometimes sheep. I tried to teach her "owl" on Halloween because she had an owl on her shirt, but I figured out after a while that she just thought I was saying "cow" and "moo" instead of "owl" and "hoot." We're trying to teach her that a pig says "oink," but that one hasn't caught on.

I am constantly surprised at how open Natalie is! Brad and I are both reserved people and pretty quiet in general, so we figured our children would probably be that way since that's the example that they'll see. Well, I don't know if it's just a stage with her, but I'm not sure that Natalie is going to be a shy girl! She is very shy when she first meets someone, but she warms up pretty quickly, and then she is not self-conscious at all. She also makes me laugh at how LOUD she is when we're outside. Saturday, Brad was putting up a swingset that we got for her and she was walking all over the back yard. She walked over to the patio where I was sitting, and she saw a basket of plastic baseballs and softballs, and yelled, "OH! MAH BAH!!!!!!" over and over. We couldn't figure out what she was talking about, but I think she was saying something like "Oh my! Balls!" She had never seen those particular balls before, but she does like to play with the other balls she has. :) Anyway, I just thought it was hilarious how loud and determined she was about it. We gave her the balls, and she had a blast with them. Brad also took the plastic bat and helped her hit them across the yard, which she also thought was a lot of fun.

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