My sweet boy, you have been so busy learning that I can almost see your synapses firing these days.
Two weeks ago today, you rolled over for the first time. Your dad was away for reserve duty, and we knew you were on the verge of figuring it out, and lo and behold, you did while he was gone.We got up, you had a bottle and a burp, and I set you down on your activity mat. I sat back down and looked at you, and bloop! You had rolled over onto your belly. "How did I get here?" you seemed to be thinking. ("This is not my beautiful house! This is not my beautiful wife!)
I thought it might have been a fluke, but after being gone for most of the day, we came home, and as soon as you were on the mat, boom! Three more rolls. Then that Friday, we hosted moms' group, and you got all show-offy and rolled and rolled all the way across the blanket, but you haven't done that since. Now your modus operandi is to roll over onto your belly and get "stuck," then flail like a turned over turtle and freak out. At the very beginning, you could roll back, but at the moment you seem to have forgotten. That's OK, though.
At almost the same time as you learned to roll, you discovered your feet. You had started to notice them a couple of weeks before. I would find you gazing interestedly at them sometimes. Then you figured out how to grab things on purpose (and life on the activity mat hasn't been the same!), and soon, you were grabbing and chewing on your toes. In fact, when I was trying to get a video of you rolling over, you chewed on your toes for the very first time. I was so surprised, and you were so cute.
In the meantime, you suddenly seem aware of your feline compadres. A few weeks ago, you started to realize they were there when they were very close, but now, all of the sudden, you seem to have much deeper vision. You track the cats from across the room and watch them for ages. This extra depth of field has proved helpful, too, because you can see me when I am talking to you from the kitchen making a bottle or lunch, and you don't get as stressed about where I have disappeared to.
Every day, you are turning more and more into your own person. You are so charming and sweet, and you want to engage with everyone you see. On the flight home from Oregon, we were stuck on the aisle, and you stood in my lap gazing at this emo kid sitting behind us trying desperately to get his attention. You smiled and grinned and batted your eyes and stared at this boy with navy blue hair in a skull-print hoodie, but he was way too cool to smile at a baby. His loss! But damn, it was funny to watch.
Speaking of Oregon, right when you turned three months old, we headed there, flying solo literally, so you could meet Grammy Ann, Grandpa Fred and Auntie Kate since they hadn't been able to come see us yet. No surprise, everyone adored you, and you adored them all back. You were such a trouper on all the flights and let us take you all over the place. You also got to see Grandpa Mike and Grandma Peggy and met Uncle Alex and Aunt Courtney, too. You were such a busy little bee.
All this month, we have been having fun hanging with the moms' group folks. You seem to really enjoy seeing the other babies at our lunches and walks. Today, we went out to Calvert County to meet Sophie, the two-month-old daughter of your dad's coworker John and his wife Deanna. You liked to watch her and kept an eye on her especially when she was making noise.
For a few weeks now, you have been a drooling machine and really into chewing on things (especially my finger, ow!). We've been wondering whether you were working on a tooth or two, but so far, no teeth, just lots of liquid. And after weeks of awesome night sleeping, lately, you've been waking up, so again, could be a tooth, or maybe it's time to start solids. (Eeep!) We weren't going to do that yet, but if you will sleep again, we're game. We shall see what your awesome pediatrician says on Wednesday.
Perhaps best of all, lately you have begun to laugh. Usually it's just an occasional "ha," but your dad is an expert at getting you giggling. It's simply the best sound ever ever.
So, my darling boy, every day I understand the term "pride and joy" even more. You are amazing and I love you so, so much.