Behind the scenes:
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Yesterday afternoon we took Ellie for a walk (Will insists on holding the leash) and got the mail. After, I carried Will to the kitchen and put him in the highchair for his 'dinnertime.' It felt pretty stuffy in the house, so I tossed the mail on the table and opened the sliding glass door for some fresh air. Only, on my way to the door, I stepped in a puddle. A puddle? Oh, a puddle. It was a not-so-nice present left by a certain dog that will remain nameless. There was some yelling (and some cursing). I can only assume she did it on her way to Will's room after he woke up from his nap; undoubtedly following me, but making a little stop along the way. The nameless dog is seriously pushing her luck.
After some unplanned cleaning, I returned to this...
Chewie must've sensed my anger over the situation, because, after Will's dinner, we walked into the living room and saw this...
It appears that Chewie took it upon himself to punish The Dog by putting her in the corner. I think he even made this poster:
Monday, April 26, 2010
Today Will is seven months old. Seven. And I was just beginning to get used to six. Just wow. Sometimes I look at him and still can't believe he's mine. Oh goodness; how I love him so. Love, love, love. Today, a trip to Target was made, fun was had, laughter took place, and of course, pictures were taken.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Before the rain of this weekend settled over us, I was able to share one of my favorite spring activities with Will: planting flowers. Someday I will be an excellent gardener, but for now, since I'm hardly Martha Stewart, I stick with the easy plants. Will and I picked out some purple petunias and got to work.
It was a family affair as Ellie insisted on being included; staying inside was just not an option, so I tied her to our lamp post. When the neighbor's 5 year old came over to say hello, I thought she could've died and gone to doggy heaven. Made her day.
When all was sufficiently planted and the mulch spread, Will was required to participate in his mandatory photo op. At one point he showed such interest, he leaned forward and pulled two of the freshly planted flowers out with a simple motion of his arm. He was covered in dirt so, needless to say, our gardening session ended with tubby time for Will.
On Saturday, Will and I braved the dark clouds and their threats of rain to have a lunch date with friends.
No offense to Will, but meeting the girls for lunch is a much harder feat with a baby in tow. Our conversations tend to flow at an exhausting pace, jumping from subject to subject as we attempt to fit in all the required gossip as well as the 'what's new with your life' essentials. I couldn't even begin to focus on it all. Wait - what? Oh, pleated skirt on Facebook, you say? Even though we're all busy doing different things with our adult lives, I have an awesomely amazing time whenever we get together.
After just a couple of hours, Will told me in no uncertain terms it was time to go. He was sleepy, and our outing was forced to come to an abrupt end. While two hours may seem sufficiently long enough, much to the dismay of various servers anxious to turn over our table, it's not. Two hours in, and we're just getting started. It's no fun being the first to leave the party, and I suspect that Will is going to sit our next lunch date out.
No worries, though. I'll leave him with his daddy. And, not to change the subject, but have I mentioned just how much Will loves his daddy? Well, he does. Lots.
And so do I.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Will continues to be an excellent foot grabber!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
With a 6 month old in the house, fun is to be had all day long. Will is quickly becoming a charming little man full of intense personality. He's also quite easy to entertain. A funny face or simply saying, "Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle," is enough to send Will into hysterics. Does it get any better than this? Here are some things that Will thinks are really fun.
Tummy time is fun! But only in short intervals. It's even better when Mommy gives you the phone to play with.
Feet are fun!
Yesterday Will had his second session of physical therapy. I must admit, I haven't been diligent with neck stretches, so imagine my surprise when Shelly said he's made very good progress in the few times she'd seen him. I wanted to remind her that, in fact, this is only the second time she'd seen him, but it seemed a rather obnoxious thing to do; so I silently celebrated the growth and success he's made in just a week's time. Hooray for good progress! Shelly seems to think Will is more advanced than his adjusted age (when adjusted for his due date of Nov. 18, he's 5 months old), but his development isn't quite what's expected of a 6 (almost 7) month old. He falls somewhere in between, but she suspects he'll walk 'on time.' I'm in no rush for him to become mobile.
Our homework for the week is to encourage Will to reach for his feet, which will help to strengthen his stomach muscles (particularly the obliques). We got to work right away.
Eating is fun! My little 4 pounder who couldn't leave the hospital until he learned how to eat is now quite the chowhound. Will is trying all kinds of new foods - and he seems to like them all.
Looking cute is fun! A skill Will mastered at birth (and probably even before that).
Mommy's definition of fun is spending every day with you. And taking lots of pictures, which I think I'm getting better at. If practice makes perfect, I suspect I'll achieve perfection any day now. You make me want to be a better mommy. And a better blogger.
Monday, April 19, 2010
I suppose Will is your typical 6 month old. He loves his dad, makes a mess when he eats, essentially refuses to nap (really, Will, what can I do with 30 minutes?), and continues to assert his preferences at an alarming rate. Will is very clear on the fact that he'd rather stand than sit, dislikes tummy time, and I'm no longer allowed to have a glass of water without offering him some. I find his ever-evolving personality to be completely fascinating. Something that absolutely impresses me is his ability to focus. When introduced to new toys, or even toys he sees everyday, he studies them. He touches them. He puts them in his mouth. He becomes completely oblivious of my attempts to interact with him. He's completely focused.
Yesterday we brought Will for a visit with his grandma. Will is very lucky to have a grandma that bakes. On the menu: apple pie. As she was slicing apples, I remembered I had his mesh feeder in the diaper bag for such an occasion. For those that have no idea to what I am referring, it's essentially a little net sack with a handle. You can put a variety of foods in it, clip it shut, and Baby can chew and suck without the risk of choking. Will is still getting the hang of it. We decided to try it out with some fresh apple slices.
Studying it a bit...
Something that always gets Will's attention, though, is the camera. I'm sure it's a sign that I take too many pictures. No matter how involved with a toy he is, heck, even if the boy is crying his eyes out, he almost always stops to look at the camera.
Life is so full of excitement.... whether it's your first sip and swallow from a 'real' glass or your first taste of a fresh apple. I'm very grateful to experience all your firsts and re-learn the world along with you. I think you're a genius.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
To assist in Will's neck getting stronger, I was sent home with some papers showing different exercises to try. Will is not shy about letting me know when he doesn't want to do something, so the process will be interesting to say the least. I'm also considering taking him for some massage therapy. I think I hear my grandfather muttering something about yuppies and their wimpy kids from the grave.
The main thing we can do at home is TUMMY TIME! While he tolerates it much better than he used to, being on his tummy is not Will's favorite thing. He'd much rather play in his jumperoo, thankyouverymuch. However, the therapist said allowing Will to stand is not going to help the matter (and yes, Will is standing in his jumperoo as I type this - I can't cut him off cold turkey!), so I need to toughen up and enforce tummy time as much as I possibly can. After his afternoon nap, I put Will on his tummy to play.
He may not have been happy about it...
...but he lasted a full 20 minutes. Amazing!
Friday, April 9, 2010
I thought I'd include little tidbits of how we spent the days of our week (with the exception of Monday since I already posted).
On Tuesday we went to Kohl's to get Will some summer clothes. I bought him some things from Old Navy weeks ago, but they only had size 6-12 months. Everything is still a little big, and with it being so warm, he needed some clothes that actually fit. That afternoon we played, and Will did his best sitting ever!
On Wednesday our neighbor Lindsay came over to play. She is our go-to girl for cat sitting and is so incredibly sweet! She was on spring break this week and wanted to have a visit with Will. She brought him an octopus toy that he had fun playing with. Chewie and Ellie were a little sad about having to share her, but they positioned themselves close by to keep watch.
On Thursday we went to visit Will's grandma and have dinner at her house. Will was a little cranky and ready for bed, so sadly, our visit was rather short.
On Friday, today, we spent the day hanging out at home. Will took two AMAZING naps. I found myself checking on him multiple times because it was so uncharacteristic. Will is now officially a tummy sleeper and has been since he began rolling over 3 weeks ago. For the first time today, I caught him sleeping with his legs tucked under him and his little bum up in the air. It was so stinking cute! Will was waking up, but kindly stayed in the position long enough for me to take a picture.
Will waking up from his naps is easily one of my favorite things ever. He is so smiley and chatty. I finally had the camera handy so I could catch one of his conversations on video. He didn't smile, but had plenty to say.
We're looking forward to a great weekend! The weather is supposed to be fabulous and we have Daddy home with us for a full 2 days. Can't beat that!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Will was in a postively wonderful mood today. We went to the grocery store in the morning and played for a bit after we got home. Will took a 4 hour(!!!!) nap this afternoon, allowing me to watch The Young and the Restless and enjoy some lunch in peace. I even had time to do my least favorite spring chore: switching out the fall clothes and replacing them with summer wear.
Will's high spirits continued well into the evening, which was was awesome since Mike was rather late getting home. We grilled some hotdogs and had potato salad for dinner, which we enjoyed on a blanket spread out in the back yard with Will happily playing in between us. Ah-mazing.