Friday, October 30, 2009

Sitting, Jumping, Walking

William is becoming so mobile. He loves jumping in the jumperoo. (Which I have a video of but can't find on the website. I'll ask Taylor where he put it tonight.) And he loves walking in the walker even though he can't go far or fast yet. His new favorite thing is flying-he's Super William! Ready to smite the enemy with toxic drool! He also loves standing on my lap and jumping up and down. He's just beginning to use my shirt to pull himself up but I think we have a way to go. He's great at standing when he's holding my hands but doesn't quite understand how to hold himself up by holding on to the table. (Which is fine! I kind of like having him stay where I put him right now!)

Most exciting though is watching him learn how to sit up on his own. He started putting away from me when sitting on my lap at about 7 weeks. Then he started sitting up on his own on my lap at about 9 weeks. Then he started sitting up supported on the floor and then he started doing this:

And a couple of weekends ago he started sitting well on this own for a couple of minutes. Yesterday he did it long enough for me to watch him, decide to grab a camera, take this picture:

and then when I was about to take a second one he fell over. Of course I was ready to catch him falling sideways because that is the way he was listing. He fell backwards like a tree! Since this is his first "injury" I immediately called the Doctor's office and left a message. Then I called Taylor who said he was fine. Unconvinced, I called my Mom. Please keep in mind by this point William had stopped crying and was actually giggling as he tried to climb all over me. My Mom laughed. Thanks Mom. Apparently I fell off a bench when Mom was taking a picture of me so falling over when sitting on the floor wasn't a big deal. Which is actually exactly what the very patient nurse practitioner told me when she called me back! So William is fine.

We are getting ready to take him to his first Islanders/Capitals game tonight and we are hosting a Halloween party for many parents and babies tomorrow! William is going to be a dinosaur! Here are some more adorable pictures of my baby!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Discoveries Every Day

I love watching William discover that he can do new things every day! For about a month now we've been putting him in his jumperoo and walker because he loves to stand up. For the most part he didn't move them around at all, he just played with the toys and wanted out after a maximum of 10 minutes. But yesterday he made the walker move on purpose. His face lit up when he made the connection that pushing with his feet would move him forward. It's clearly pretty tiring to do, but I think his horizons are expanding as he realizes he can be mobile. It's also pretty funny to watch because each step requires effort so he lifts his arms in the air, gives a big grunt and pushes himself forward! Yesterday (with some help around the corners) he made it from the living room into the kitchen. And then he wanted a snack and a nap but he was clearly very proud of himself!

He still loves spitting. In fact he's spitting as I write this. He's also developing really good hand eye coordination. He still loves his Wubbys but with teething beginning he's been fond of the NUKs too (I think because they are firmer to chew on). Today he was in his swing and he reached up, grabbed the handle of the Nook with him thumb and forefinger and pulled it out. Then he put it back in! Then he pulled it out again and chucked it to the floor.

He also learned how to jump up and down in the jumperoo. So much fun!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Four Month Check Up

We still haven't put up new photos but yesterday William had his four month check up. I am happy to report that he is a happy, healthy bouncy baby! He spent most of the appointment jumping from foot to foot on my lap. He's getting big. He weighs 16lbs and is 26 inches long. That puts him in the 75th percentile for weight and the 85th for height! I thought his pants were getting short. He also got the next round of vaccinations and did great. He was sleepy during the afternoon and awake a lot at night but when Taylor finally went in to get him resettled he gave us (me) a break and slept until 6:45am.

The pediatrician and I discussed solid foods for William too. She said, and I agree, that we should wait to as close to 6 months as possible for various reasons. I am looking forward to making him baby food though and I can't believe in a couple of short months he'll be eating solid food. Wasn't he just born yesterday?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Four Months Old!

William is four months old today! I can't believe he's getting so big. Just a few more months and he'll be eating real food, walking around, and talking.

It's been a long time since I last posted and we do have new pictures of Will that I'll post later (as soon as they get on the computer!). In the meantime, let me update you on William, Taylor and me. A family post!

William continues to grow every day. We'll get his official stats on Wednesday but I think he's about 15lbs and 26 inches long. It's crazy how fast he gains inches. Last week I had to roll his jeans up twice, now they don't really need to be rolled up at all.

He's such a little person now too. He's giggly and funny and loves to be tickled on his tummy. Of course, like his father, he never smiles for the camera making him look like a serious baby. He has this hilarious belly laugh that sounds like "Haw..Haw..Haw..Haw.." Makes me laugh every time. Which in turn makes him laugh so sometimes we just laugh at each other for several minutes.

Taylor is doing well too. Once the two of us are at home at the same time for longer than an hour, we'll take pictures of us and William and as a family and post them! He's a natural father and William can't wait for him to get home every day. He especially loves Taylor's beard and belly laughs whenever Taylor tickles him with it.

I am also doing well. I've been really busy with playing with William during the day, finding time to study and going to class at night but I love it. I am so lucky to have Taylor supporting me while I do this otherwise I would never be able to handle being a "stay at home Mom" and a law student! School has been great. It's really interesting and really challenging and I love it! I am taking a required Legal writing class, intro to contract law and intro to torts law. Intro to contract law is the least interesting class but the professor is funny. Intro to torts is the most interesting subject (in brief torts are the civil cases from criminal act, malpractice and negligence so the reading is pretty interesting. You would never believe how many people have slipped on banana peels at railway stations in MA alone.) My legal writing class is the least amount of credits and the most work. Hopefully I'll be a great writer when I am done with this class.

Sampson and Delilah are also doing well. Delilah has lost some weight but Sampson has packed on a few pounds! We've started taking them to play groups at a local park on Sundays so they can play with friends and run around a bit. We don't want them to think that we've forgotten about them!