This picture pretty much captures what our life is like these days:
Put simply, you are grabby and happy. In fact, most of the pictures I get of you now include something that’s blurred because you can’t! stop! moving! Hey you there, always with the wiggling and rocking and twisting and flopping, don’t you ever just want to sit still and maybe snuggle a bit?
This month marked your first trip on an airplane – your first trip lasting longing than a couple hours, actually. And, my dear child, you were spectacular. No freak outs, no wanting to tear out hair. Just pleasantness. We were all so proud of you, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking more trips as you get older because you clearly can handle it.
One of the big things that happened this month is that you finally cut your first tooth. Aside from some constant chewing on your hands, it didn’t seem to bother you too much. Tooth number 2 sprouted just this week, and it looks like another one is one it’s way. I do miss the gummy grin, but your new smile is quite cute.
You’re not crawling yet, but you have started pulling up. It happened like every other milestone with you: one day you didn’t do it, and the next day you did like you’d practicing for months. Mamaw got to witness that first. She offered you her hands to help you stand, but you just used them to hoist yourself right on up without any real help from her. When we got home that evening we had you show us your trick over and over again. We couldn’t stop laughing – you looked so cute and like such a big guy! Your doctor said you might go straight to walking since you hate being on your tummy so much. Maybe he’s right. Baby proofing needs to happen ASAP.
Speaking of moving, you are all over your crib these days. In the morning I always find you in a completely different spot that where I put you. And the other day I walked in and found you sleeping on your tummy, something you never, ever do. You looked shocked when you woke up and found yourself lying like that. You’re also developing the tendency to get your arms and legs stuck between the bars like this:
You get pretty upset when it happens, but I find it to be hilarious.
You’re showing much more interest in other babies. We took you to a Fourth of July party this month, and another baby was there. You guys kept trying to hold each other’s hands and touching each other’s faces. He was wearing shoes which you found fascinating and a little confusing. You would look at his feet and then look at his face like you were asking, “Hey dude, where are your toes?’ Watching that happen got me excited to arrange some playdates for you. We know a lot of babies around your age and it should be fun to get you guys together.
Another very special thing that happened this month (just yesterday, actually) was that you finally got to meet Jennifer and James. They are wonderful friends of ours who have been in Scotland working as missionaries for two years. It was so exciting to watch you meet them. Jennifer and I both cried a lot, and you looked a little confused. You were also a little thrown off when James held you because he’s SO much taller than anyone else you’re ever around. But you warmed up to them really quick and started smiling and laughing at them right away. It was a very special day for our family because being there when they saw you in person for the very first time and seeing the excitement on their faces reminded me of how much of a blessing you are.
Sometimes I still look at you and can’t believe you are mine, ours, forever.