The Critter is WALKING! With some prompting (i.e. Daddy pulling out the training fingers once he gets going) he took 4 unassisted steps last weekend quickly followed by 4 more after we turned him back around. The Indiana In-Laws all swore he took 2 unsupported steps whilst navigating between furniture over Christmas (when we were out watching Narnia) but we'd seen him do that a couple of time ourselves and it's more like free-falling to the next handhold, which as everyone knows - does not count.
This, we decided in all our parental authority was the REAL THING and we actually managed to GET IT ON TAPE! Photographic evidence that yes, indeed he was born to be a biped.
He has started to say Mama, in addition to Dada, though it's not terribly clear if he's being specific with either. Dada is still more common, albeit usually jumbled up with a bunch of other babble. Half the time I think he's trying to say "Dog" and not "Dad", however. With the addition of new teeth come more linguistic possibilities and he's exploring them all.
In other news, we *finally* signed loan papers on the new house, the sale has recorded and we start moving today. Well, Curt & some hired muscle will start moving the heavy outdoor stuff today and the rest of the house will move tomorow with the regular movers. This is the 3rd time I've had to reschedule the move due to lending paperwork f*ups and my patience has about evaporated. Thank all the gods that the nice people buying our house didn't have to move immediately and were willing to rent it back to us for an extra week.
Regular ranting and raving and railing against the system should resume after I've cleared the packing peanuts out of my brain.