This has been a big month for Will. It seems that he is changing and learning new things every day. As cliched as it sounds, he is turning from a baby into a little boy right in front of my eyes. Once again...those conflicting feelings...I'm so sad that his babyhood is coming to a close because it has gone too fast, but at the same time, I'm amazed/proud/overwhelmed by the little person that he is becoming.
Here are just a few notable things about Will's ninth month of life:
- He was 22 lb. 9 oz. and 29.5 inches tall at his check-up in the middle of May.
- He went on his first airplane trip in the beginning of May. We flew to Norfolk to see Kay Hildreth, better known as Gogo--Zach's grandmother and Will's great-grandmother. Will was great on all of the flights (we had to connect both ways). He had his own seat and slept in his car seat for much of the time. Zach and I were amazed by all of the gear we had to tote with us! While we were in Virginia, Zach and I went to Lindsay Fisher's wedding in Williamsburg, and Gogo, Coco (aka Carol), and PopPop (aka Bill) kept Will overnight.
- He got his first tooth this month, and then, because that wasn't enough of a trick, he got ANOTHER ONE! That's right, he is now the proud owner of his two middle bottom teeth.
- He moved to the "big boy" class at school--Infant Two. In doing so, he left behind the comfort of his favorite teacher (and only babysitter), Laura. In Infant Two, lots of the kids are crawling and some are walking. In this class, they get to go outside on occasion (although, I can't imagine coordinating that), eat finger foods, and have a regular nap schedule. This has been a pretty big transition, and we are still working on it.
- He is moving toward a nap schedule (sort of) imposed on him by the Infant Two classroom--see previous bullet. Will has always believed that naps were for sissies and were just a cruel trick meant to limit his time playing and hanging out with Mommy and Daddy. So, a relatively regular nap schedule--even if they are short naps--is a big breakthrough. We'll keep working on solidifying it, and I'm sure just as we do, the schedule will change.
- Two words: Separation Anxiety. Will has realized that Zach and I are his most favorite people EVER. While this is extremely flattering, it also makes it quite difficult to drop him off at school. Last week he crawled/scooted after Zach as Zach tried to leave the classroom. Which brings me to my next point...
- He's learned to crawl/scoot! What he is doing is most accurately described as an army crawl because he doesn't actually get his tummy off the ground. However, this does not stop him from motoring about. He's particularly quick on the hardwood floors. Because we are bad parents, we haven't childproofed yet, but I promise, it's on our list of things to do.
- He's started eating a few finger foods like Cheerios, teething biscuits, and a dissolvable, non-food substance known affectionately as "puffs". He is excellent at picking up bits of food, but hasn't quite mastered the release of the item into his mouth.
- Will had his first "swimming" experience in Coleman Petrey's baby pool. Both of the kiddos looked adorable in their swim suits that came to their ankles, and they did really well in the water. Will mainly wanted to chew on the pool toys we provided, but he also liked splashing a little and leaning over the side to pull up pieces of grass. It's the simple things, I tell you.
So, like I said, it's been a big month. Army crawling, swimming, a new classroom, teeth...what more could you ask for? I can't wait to see what month ten holds! We feel so lucky to have such a happy, fascinating little personality in our midst.