You continue to amaze us with the speed in which you are growing. Every week brings with it new developmental milestones. The week you turned 7 months old you moved from “army crawling” on your belly to the more standard crawling position on hands and knees. Instead of plunging straight ahead as fast as you could go, your new position seemed to cause you to stop and ponder the world more. We often see you crawl three or four paces, stop, sit up, look around, think for a while, and then head out again in a different direction.
The week after you began properly crawling, you added to your repertoire by pulling yourself up on the coffee table into a standing position. Now you spend every possible moment pulling yourself up on the couch, the coffee table, the chairs, and experimenting with different ways to move your feet and the hundreds of different ways to fall. You are so proud of yourself when you’re standing. You usually check to make sure one of us is watching so you can grin and snort at us.
Your other new trick involves all sorts of sounds coming out of your mouth. You literally say “blah blah blah blah” over and over again (or is it Bob LobLaw?). You buzz your lips, you shriek, your papa even heard you accidentally whistle the other day. We think your receptive language is coming along too. Whenever we say “Where is Abraham?” or “Where is Keegan?” you look around for your doggies. You also have waved hi to us several times. Or maybe you were just flailing about.
One of your favorite times of the day is bath time. After dinner (puffed rice cereal that you pick up yourself and some avocado that your Papa coaxes you to eat), we play for a little while and then we go run your bath. You are fascinated with the water coming out of the spigot. You like to splash, splash, splash. And you chortle with delight when the water goes down the drain. After your bath, I give you a little massage and dress you in your pajamas. You’re growing so tall that we had to move you up to 12-month sized clothes because everything was too short for you. You are tall and relatively slender, so clothes that are the right length tend to be plenty wide. In this way you take after your Papa, because goodness knows that my side of the family tends toward “square” dimensions.
After 6 months of co-sleeping, last month we moved you up to your crib in the upstairs bedroom. For a while your papa and I slept in the same room with you so we could feed and comfort you during the night. That was working out just swell for you, but not so great for us. We were desperate for an uninterrupted, comfortable night of sleep so we decided you were old enough to make it through the night on your own. You did not agree. For the first four nights you woke up sometime around 4 a.m. and cried off and on for a while. Hard-hearted (sleepy) parents did not come to your rescue and now you’ve started sleeping from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. without interruption. Thank goodness! For the first time in over a year I have had a full nights sleep. Joy of joys!
And you, too, are our joy of joys. We are having so much fun watching you grow.