While we were at my parents' house after Christmas, Niev took her first steps, but only two. A couple days later, she repeated the two-step, but then we didn't see anything from her for a while.
Finally after having to listen to all of our friends brag about their children walking, Niev has finally gotten up the courage to begin taking steps on her own. Yesterday, I think she overheard my disappointed voice when the doctor asked if Niev was walking because as soon as she took her nap, she started experimenting with taking small steps on her own. She would pull herself up on the couch and then turn towards the middle of the room and began taking steps towards the opposite wall. She wasn't attempting to get a toy and reach some other destination and as soon as she would fall (about two steps) she would try it again. If Ian and I were trying to provoke her at all, she would go limp or slowly lower herself to the floor. She wanted to do it all by herself and at her own time. She definitely has her own thoughts and ideas about things. Very independent, which has its plus and minuses. It is kind of fun to watch her walk because her steps are very deliberate and cautious. She is prepared to fall at any moment.