So much has happened this summer it's hard to cover it all. For a quick summary, check out the photos: Summer 2009
Jonah has been doing some amazing things lately. He's been walking, with our assistance, for about 5 or 6 weeks. He started out very wobbly, but over time he's gotten really good at it. Initially, he needed us to help him up and then hold both of his hands. He loved it so much that he started reaching for our hands: I would put him down in front of me, facing away, and he would reach behind to get my hands. And the off he went! Later, he made another interesting leap: if he happened to be facing me when he stood up, he would switch hands all by himself to make sure he was facing out. Pretty cool -- I need to get it on video.
On his 10 month birthday he took his first real steps on his own. For quite a while he really needed our hands to walk. We'd been trying to "ween" him off the hands, but it was tough: whenever we'd let go, he'd immediately sit down. Then, when we were in our hotel room in Boothbay Harbor he took several steps completely on his own. He was balanced and controlled, although he didn't seem to realize that he was walking without help. Even now, he still insists on holding our hands whenever possible, even though it's clear he doesn't need it. The funniest thing is that we can trick him into walking without help by giving him something that requires two hands to carry! He was helping mommy today by carrying a little laundry basket down the hall. I need *that* on video, too.
Some other amazing things he's been doing lately:
- He was eating cheerios the other day, and started feeding them to me.
- Today he put the pacifier in mommy's mouth -- initially, he gave it to her backwards, but then figured out the problem and turned it around.
- He figured out where the balls go in a plastic pinball table we bought. At first he put the ball into a hole in a table and was trying to reach in to get it. Then he figured out that the balls come out in a little tray on the side, and he would look there after putting the ball in the hole.
- Playing the bongos
Finally, he got his first haircut today -- boy, did he need it. He looked like a hippie. See pictures below...