Evan has officially made the transition from primarily crawling to moving around in an upright position most of the time. He cruises along furniture and walls (can "hop" doorways now) or uses his walker. He is becoming quite the speed demon in the walker, and does not want any help in steering from mom or dad. In fact, he will stop and try to push our hands off the walker.
In an attempt to balance his desire for independence with our need to have some way to "reel" him in, I bought a retractable dog leash to attach to the walker. Unfortunately, it really only works to keep him from getting too far ahead of us (it's not very effective at steering him in the direction we want to go). And it didn't take long for him to figure out what was holding him back. He was mad and tried to take the leash off!
Evan has also developed a recent love of the outdoors. First thing in the morning, he goes up to the back doors and tries to twist the knob open. He loves to play on the back patio and he also likes to play "tree" with daddy. Dad lifts him up to the canopy and Evan likes to put his hands on the leaves and branches. He giggles and giggles.