Today I am marvelling at my littlest little man, William.
I cannot believe that he is nearly 9 months old. He is crawling fast now, pulling up on everything, jabbering away in babytalk all day long, and becoming very curious about the world around him. He is enjoying all kinds of different foods, and still loves watching his big brother sing and play. He loves spending time in Saraya's room (lots of dolly faces to look at, and little tiny things which get snatched away quickly- beads and such), and absolutely adores being free to crawl outside. He is a dirt-magnet, and loves digging like a wombat in soil and potplants. :) He finds birds enthralling. He could sit and watch our chicks all day long. And he seems to have an interest in toy cars.
But just 9 months ago (almost), he was a newborn baby! He was a teeny tiny being who relied totally on me for everything. I have to remind myself that that tiny baby, and this adventurous crawler, is the same little fellow.
This week he is like a flower, opening up and becoming his own little person. I always find that going through a sickness changes the children. They seem to come out the other side more grown, older, and different. Add to that William's decision to wean off the breast, and it's been a huge week for him (and me). He is still having expressed milk a few times a day, and is happily drinking from a bottle. Neither of my other children ever had bottles, and didn't wean until the age of 2, so this is really different for me. It's bittersweet in many ways.
I took this picture of Will yesterday while he was napping. He loves sleeping with this soft blanket. He is growing up and changing so fast!! See the little bruise on his eyelid? He fell in the bath 2 days ago, and hit his eye on a toy- poor baby. He is going through that standing up, falling down phase at the moment. He is so brave!
Anyway, isn't it incredible how these tiny little people develop so fast? I feel overwhelmed this week by God's creation, his provision and his grace. And I'm just loving my little man!!