Thursday, November 8, 2012

Holding His Own

These kids are growing up so fast, I swear. For the past couple of weeks, Aiden has slowly started to hold his own bottle more and more during feedings. Well, he’s basically holding it on his own all the time now. In fact, there are some times that he prefers to take it out of my grasp and hold it himself. Sounds kind of familiar…

Also, he decided that a couple nights ago that he no longer needs assistance sitting up. That’s right Followers, the big guy is sitting up all on his own now! People with kids know how big of a milestone this is – it’s the first completed step on the road to independence. I remember how big it was when Alli starting sitting up on her own… it was all downhill after that. He can now sit on his own and entertain himself, which is a huge relief for parents.

He already loves reaching for toys (what child doesn’t?), grabbing them, examining them, feeling them, and usually ends up tasting them. It means that we don’t have to constantly hold him during every single activity he wants to do. He now has the freedom to sit and play with whatever toy he wants instead of whatever Mommy B or I put in front of him. This increased independence and mobility just heightens their curiosity even more which leads to crawling and eventually walking. You can see the curiosity in their eyes as they reach for different toys and check them out. The more they play with them, the more they want to go after others, which is what typically leads to crawling. Dog toys usually did the trick with Alli, but we have way too many kid toys at this point to have Aiden chasing after dog toys.

I couldn’t be more proud of my little man – he’s growing up so fast. I know within the next few weeks or so he’s going to be basically feeding himself and crawling all over the place. I can’t wait for him to meet his great-grandparents for the first time during Thanksgiving this year. They’ve seen pictures and videos of him thanks to the Internet, but nothing beats seeing him in person. Hopefully it’s just the first meeting of many more to come.

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