Grandmothering continues to be totally amazing! Zoey is 9-1/2 months now and is pulling herself up to stand on everything including the dog. She can climb up an entire flight of stairs and she pushes around a "sit-to-stand walker."
If you're not familiar with this item, it looks like an easel on wheels. On the front are 37 brightly colored plastic dials, disks, spinners, buttons, cranks, geometric shapes, piano keys, an old fashioned telephone receiver, and a little door on a hinge (Zoey's favorite).
They all play music or make a sound. More importantly they can all be pushed, yanked, spun, poked or otherwise engaged to play simultaneously. Zoey also beats on it with other toys in case something should stop playing. Insidiously, it has two on/off switches, each controlling a different combination of sounds. I know this now. The first time Zoey and I played with it I had to text her mother at work for shut-off instructions.
Zoey pulls herself up on this contraption, toddles to the other side, and pushes it around the house! Actual walking, although assisted. She hasn't figured out how to steer yet, so her walking adventures are fairly short, ending when she drives it into a piece of furniture. Her little arms are getting really strong as she then tries to maneuver the walker over the furniture. I'm sure the concept of "around" will come next.