Quickly Learning

Will is growing up so quickly that it seems like every day we’re discovering that he’s learned something new.  Pam wrote about his new skills fitting his shapes through the holes in one of his toys.  He’s also walking effortlessly with his walker now, and we keep urging him to take that first independent step.  He’ll turn while standing, going from holding the couch to grabbing the coffee table, but he won’t yet take that first independent step.  We’re really working with him on it, and getting anxious for him to do it.

Grandma and Grandpa Adomite, and Great-Grandma Lenny came up on September 10 to attend an award luncheon for Pam – she was named to Central Illinois Business magazine’s Forty Under 40 inaugural class, which is quite an honor (pictures here).  While they were up, they took Willpower to Curtis Orchard for the afternoon while Pam and I worked, and Lois got some pictures.

I love his little Illini hat.  :-)

It is impossible to grasp that his first birthday is just ten days away.

Will 0.10, Allergies and Mobility

Will turned 0.10 yesterday – that’s 0 years and 10 months, expressed as it would be for a software version, so 0.10 comes after 0.9 which comes after 0.8, etc.  And Will 0.10 is different (by nine months) than Will 0.1.  This isn’t math, so it doesn’t have to make sense.  :-)

Will 0.10 is fighting a mild sinus bug, which means he’s very snotty and congested and sometimes even cranky.  He’s got five teeth now, to one degree or another – two on top, barely peeking through, and three crooked little things on the bottom.  He loves eating, but doesn’t care for baby food any more.  He just wants to sit with us at the table and eat whatever we’re eating.  I’m OK with that, but I think we need to start him on vitamins now that he’s winding down his formula consumption.

His facial rash comes and goes – we’ve identified that he’s allergic to eggs and the cats, but don’t know if the allergy causes the eczema outbreaks.  We’re doing an OK job keeping him away from eggs – he’s on an egg-free diet at school, for example – but we’ve not yet taken action on the cats.  We are trying to find a good home for them – preferably outdoors – rather than taking them to the humane society.  We’re trying to balance our responsibility to the cats with our responsibility to Willpower, and really, there is no balancing to be done – Will is allergic and the cats need to live elsewhere and that settles that.  I just wish it were that painless to actually implement.

Willpower is also increasingly mobile, as you can see here:

He’s crawling very well, even up the stairs (but not down yet!) and pulling himself up easily, but hasn’t yet taken his first steps.  We expect that he will soon, but it’s probably a few weeks away.