Lev is now 14 months old. I have been very busy with work and being a father and husband, so I haven't had much time to keep notes. Additionally, I have jury duty at 8:00 AM tomorrow, so I don't have much time to write an update.
On September 15th, Lev finally took a few steps without holding onto anything. He has been gradually walking farther. Yesterday, he walked about 15 feet without holding onto anything.
His vocabulary is expanding pretty rapidly now, partially because he asks what everything is. He can ask "what is this?," but he usually just points and says "this?!" He asks "this?!" hundreds of times per day.
His first statement of fact occurred on September 30th: "This is the bed." (it sounded more like "this is the beda.")
For over a month, when he wants a particular food item, he has been saying "ma-num-a-num" and pointing, but he recently started saying "mine!"
He understands many more words than he actually says. He probably understands more than 200 words at the moment. We verify words that he understands by asking him to point to the object or do the activity. For instance I asked him "Lev, can you dance?" and he danced. Here are a few words that he knows, in addition to "mine":