So much to say about our littlest man of the house. A few weeks ago, he began standing up on his own – balancing remarkably well, mind you – and now, has added an additional degree of difficulty by demonstrating his new ability to clap!
He is so proud whenever he does this – I’m determined to catch this on video sometime soon.
We now have a great routine with him at bedtime, where he loves to read his animal kisses and noisy farm books. He turns the pages, pats the tactile animals, and even pushes down hard enough to make the mouse squeak – a trick his parents didn’t even realize was part of the book until Sam was about a year old.
He and Sam are best of friends, and we constantly find them making each other laugh, to the others’ delight. Tonight in fact, Noah gave Sam the cutest kiss on the cheek when Sam was trying to entertain him at the end of dinner. Those two are going to be thick as thieves as they grow older – and Amy and I are going to have to fend pretty hard for ourselves. Amy does keep reminding Sam that whenever he takes away a toy or bop him, Sam’s only teaching Noah to give it right back someday. Sam doesn’t quite appreciate this concept – yet.
Noah hit a big milestone about a week ago – pretty much overnight, he figured out how to pull himself up on his crib, which led to tracking down the hex wrench to drop the mattress down. He’s so pleased with himself as you can see here, vocalizing happily whenever he gets vertical.
So I know you all are clamoring for more of cute guy #2 around here – so I’m obliging you all with the second Noah update in only a matter of days. The last few weeks we have finally ‘gone solid’ – well, if you can call solids mashed sweet potatoes, peas, carrots and other pablum. But after an initially reluctant start (his first feeding is captured above and in this slide show) he has taken to it like a champ. All you parents out there know that this means changes on the other end as well (uggh), but it’s a necessary step.
Speaking of steps, I also wanted to include some photos of Noah hanging out in his exersaucer. He *loves* that thing, and it lets him get his ya-yas out – he’s such a bouncer it’s crazy. There was this lovely light coming into the house late one afternoon, and I just love these photos – the image above is my favorite photo of Noah to date. Full slide show is here.
Finally, there is this photo I shot while testing my new camera (more on that separately). I swear it looks like Noah is delivering Shakespeare in this image. This, by the way, is his new pose – he hasn’t quite handled sitting up, rather he has adopted this ever-so-casual ‘Joe Namath lean’ as we’ve come to call it. Cuteness personified, I tell ya!
Tomorrow our little pudgy guy hits the 7-month-mark, and much to his parents surprise, has decided to take mobility into his own hands – or knees, as it were. He has figured out how to scoot around quite well, quickly progressing from a lot of backward-crawling (inefficient, to say the least) to a full fledged – I’m gonna get that toy across the room and you’re not going to stop me technique. Amy insisted that I must blog this, as I’ve been quite remiss in my Noah updates. So there you have it! Photos, and some video, coming soon, I promise!
Amy’s Update: we are now into real food! Noah prefers freshly mushed pears to the jar variety, and it’s less sloppy which makes clean-up so much easier. I guess I should steam some carrots next. We’ve started a few hand signs to get him used to “more”, “eat”, “milk” and “all done”. It worked with Sam and made communicatin a breeze.