While it's bittersweet that this moment happened when J was out of town, THIS MOMENT HAPPENED. It was exhilarating and such a proud moment for me. It definitely rivaled the feelings I felt when she took her first steps. My GL spent the entire day practicing on the sidewalk, all by herself. I'd help occasionally, but she'd send me off so she could keep going at it.
I took her to the baseball diamond and this is the first moment when she just took off.