Well, things have been very exciting for our family in the past month. Will is a full-on crawler, and in the last few weeks, a climber as well. From the froggy-crawl position, Will can maneuver himself backward into a sitting position, or crawl forward to a table, piano bench, crib, or dad's leg and literally pull himself up into a standing position. We always clap and give him a high-five when he does this and he puts on the biggest grin for his accomplishment. Last week I was working from home for an afternoon and got almost nothing done while Will was awake - I would put him in the middle of the living room surrounded by toys, but before too long he would spy me at the table, then really excitedly crawl toward me and start climbing up my leg.
Just a few days ago, Erin and I went to get Will up from his afternoon nap and he was standing in his crib waiting for us to open the door. He's so proud of himself when he does this. We got a few pictures of this, to be posted soon...
It was in one of the climbing adventures a few days ago that Will toppled over and bumped his face on the coffee table. Hence the third eye in the middle of his forehead in these pictures.
The first picture here is further proof that Will has half of Erin's genes - he no longer can keep his eyes open for the flash of a camera. I'm not exaggerating - for the first 7 pictures I took of him in the bath this evening, he blinked in every single one. I honestly couldn't blink that precisely if I tried. It literally took about 20 pictures to get the two smiling, open-eyed pictures at the bottom of the page.
Now, I just happened to notice that in this picture, you can actually see Will's first tooth. Click on the picture to get the zoomed in shot - it's on the bottom, just to the right of center. We've been brushing it every night.
Splash splash splashin' in the tub. We have more fun playing in the tub lately - read a few waterproof books, squeeze squirt toys, and try to pull all the shampoos off the shelf on the side of the tub. I also thought this picture gave a good profile shot so you could see how long Will's hair is getting. We're starting to get people confusing him for a girl. We're not cutting it any time in the near future.
If I had to pick one major theme for what's new with Will since last month, it would be all the fun playing we've been doing. Will can now play by himself with his toys or his ball and he plays disc golf and catch with dad and mom. He's also continuing his development as a musical prodigy by constantly playing either his Winnie-the-Pooh piano or the real one with dad, and also has tried playing the drums.
Two other firsts that must be mentioned here: Will got majorly sick for the first time. We spent a lot of time comforting him and watching comfort TV shows like Sesame Street (thank God for Sesame Street-On Demand!).
The other big first: Will's first kiss from a little girl! Details in an upcoming post...