It has been like pulling teeth to get Evelyn to try to walk. She has been an avid crawler for quite some time now, but just seems to lack the motivation to walk, even though she has pretty good balance and strength. It has been (and continues to be) a bit maddening, because we go to playgrounds almost every weekday, and it would be so nice for her to be able to walk across the mulch or mud instead of crawling through it (not to mention that she is wearing out the knees of all of her pants).
A couple weeks ago, we finally got her to take 5 or 6 consecutive steps without falling. It was so fun to see her finally take some solid steps. But in the past couple of weeks, she has probably done this less than 10 times, and every time she does it we have to coax it out of her. She seems to consider it on her own every now and then, but then she just drops down to her knees and crawls to whatever she is after. She seems to have figured out that crawling will get her there more quickly, and she seems more interested in efficiency than advancement (which isn't incredibly surprising). She loves to walk behind things, but just still doesn't take initiative to try to walk on her own much.
So she can virtually quote Shakespeare and sing an opera (well, her language isn't THAT good yet), but she won't walk. I guess everybody has to be bad at something. :)