Bath Time

Joshua continues to grow in leaps and bounds - literally. He crawls faster than the Road Runner and is even able to take a faltering step or two before falling on his bottom or doing a faceplant. We finally found some colorful foam squares with ABC cut-outs to put down on the floor to make a play area for his in our compact home. Joshua has a great time crawling and stumbling around although his sinful human nature shows through as half the time his goes for the edge of the play area where the dirty floor begins, desiring what he can not have. He has the whole garden of fun and soft alphabet squares to play on but still makes a B-line for the dusty dirty wooden floor wilderness east of Eden.

Joshua has been a bit whiny recently as what looks like his seventh tooth attempts to break though, right after number five and six started to poke out last week.

With Joshua's greater mobility and great enthusiasm, he is so much fun to be with although he is also a greater challenge to care for. The worst place for him to practice standing is in the slippery baby tub. He refuses to take his bath sitting down. We put some suction cup fish on the bottom of the tub but they can't prevent every possible slip when he stands up.

Nevertheless, as you can see in the following pictures, he has a lot of fun in the tub with Mr. Ducky, the water scooper, and the facecloth that is supposed to be for washing him down.







Joshua's First Haircut

The other day Joshua received his first haircut. It was not an enjoyable experience for him as you can see in the following pictures. However, Mom & Dad had a good time lopping off some of his curls in hopes that less people will think that he is a girl. We hope that his next haircut will be less traumatic.

Dad, what are you doing?

Mom, are you just going to stand there and let this happen?

 

No!! My hair!! My precious hair! Get me outta here!

 

Resistance is futile. Joshua submits to having his haircut.

Standing at Every Opportunity

Here are some more standing pics of Joshua. The boy loves to stand up all the time. Yesterday, he begin to stand up in the bath, which makes for a challenging and dangerous bath given that the tub is some what slippery (even with some textured suction cup fish on the bottom of the tub). He loves to show off his skill by hanging on one handed too. However, he has yet to realize that it is near impossible to both hang on to a railing at head level and also grab a toy laying on the bed without falling down. He wants it all and he wants it all right now. But he can't have it. He has much to learn. Next on the agenda is trying to walk. Watch this space.





Joshua Stands Up For Himself

Joshua has got the crawling thing mostly down and now he is working on pulling himself up and standing. If you push his bum a little or pull him by his arms a tad, then he can come up and grab the bars on the head of the bed (or anything else at the right height) to stand by himself. We took this picture with Sun's cell phone while Joshua was playing on the bed. He likes to stand there for a while, hanging on often with two hands, some times with one hand. We suspect that it will be only a short time before he'll try taking his first steps.

Play Time

Here are some recent play time pics for all you Joshua-philes out there. As you 'll see from the following photos, Joshua loves both animals and books.... mostly in his mouth.

Chewing on Winnie the Pooh

Joshua relaxes admist his books as he ponders what important task to tackle next

 

"Don't you look at me like that, Pooh. I'll come over there and get you."

 

The Hippo Hunter and his prey

 

Joshua and Mr. Hippo shake hands in a brief moment of mutual accord...

 

...before Joshua breaks the peace and decides to gnaw on one of Mr. Hippo's limbs

Meal Time

We recently started giving Joshua solid food and he seems to take to it with gusto. We started him off on boiled rice and then we jumped right into Chinese broccoli and carrots. He didn't really like plain mushed boiled carrots, probably because he has Daddy's "I hate boiled carrots because they are sooooo boring" gene. Sun mixed them in with the rice however, and he seemed to accept them readily enough. His diet is still primarily "Mommy Milk" but we are phasing in the "real food" a little bit at a time. He is a neat enough eater for a baby, although today he rather enjoyed turning around in his high chair after each spoonful and slobbering about half of it on the back of his chair. He is also highly skilled in dropping toys and other objects from the high chair within a matter of seconds of receiving them. He are a few pics of our forray into feeding the boy.

Happy Baby at the beginning of feeding time
 
The nobleman in his place of authority

 

To eat from the spoon that Mommy is holding out or to lunge for Daddy with the camera? So hard to decided - I think I'll do both!


Joshua has had just about enough boiled rice and mushed carrots for one meal. Thus he non-verbally communicates that he wants to get out of the chair.

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