Wednesday, July 4, 2007

bath pictures: 9 months

Will's 3/4ths birthday happens to fall on the same day as the birthday of our country - Happy 4th of July everyone. We're at Grandma Brenda and Grandpa Paul's house so we don't have our blue bathtub but Will's getting big enough that we might not need that one much longer anyway. It's harder to bathe him without it though because he wiggles so much and reaches for everything that interests him, which ultimately causes him to dive face first in the bathwater. At least he's now more tolerant of getting his face wet.

So, speaking of wiggling, Will continues to live up to his nickname. He still can't quite crawl, but he can scoot on his tummy - backwards. He hasn't figured out how to get up on his knees to get any leverage so all he can do is push himself up with his hands, which if he's on the right surface, causes him to slide backward. This has gotten him into some funny locations, under tables and shelves, today under the radiator in the Mueller home office. The newest, very fun thing, is that Will has learned how to wave his hands at people, and if he's in the right mood, he gives out waves like candy. By the way, despite what it looks like the bottom picture on the left is not him waving - his wave is an opening and closing of his fist, palm up. I will post a waving video soon. In the last month Will has also gotten better at conversing, whether that is in grunts or spits. Also, although he still really likes some of his toys (especially the Herky doll, or at least I say he does), the most entertaining things right now are straws and plastic cups. Books are really good too - he has a couple of favorites which we read to him a lot (Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?) and a few cloth ones which he puts in his mouth more than reads. He can turn the pages himself and usually starts getting impatient about halfway through a story and just keeps turning page after page. He also really likes sitting with me at the piano - moreso than in the past, because he now has 100% figured out that smacking his hands on the keys makes a terrific noise. Recently I've been practicing a lot to play for some weddings so I've gotten good at playing in the extreme high and low registers while Will sits on my lap and bangs away happily.

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