Hunter and I had such a perfect day today! And he did so many things for the first time today, or close to the first time. He stands so well now, and for so long! And I don't have to hold him under the arms anymore, I can hold his wrists and he is able to keep his balance all on his own, and sometimes I even let go of one and he still holds himself steady. He holds himself pretty upright when he's sitting now, also a relatively new skill, so I think it's about time to bring the Bumbo out and see what it can do.
Today he also reached out and grabbed a toy I was holding in front of him, the first time it was one of a matching pair of rattles Grandma Sue gave him for Christmas. After he did that I had him play with his Winkle, which he also successfully grabbed, waved, and stuck in his mouth.
And to top it all off, he rolled from his back to his stomach for (almost) the first time today. He did it Wednesday on the hospital bed, but he had a bit of help from gravity and the angle of the mattress, so we couldn't be sure how much of it was chance. But today he did it on the floor all by himself, so there was no doubt about it. He is getting so big and strong! He holds his head up so much now and the milestones just keep coming. There were several for the baby book today. I didn't get the chance to write them down in the actual book yet, but I wanted to get them recorded somewhere so I don't forget how wonderful the day was.
One of the best parts is that David got to watch so much of it on webcam. He saw him stand up for a while and after that I put him under his gym and he kicked and kicked for a long time. He hits the ball so much more than he used to! And he loves it! I put the wrist rattles on his ankles and he seems to really enjoy them. Those are some other things that he has recently figured out. He can bring his hands together now, and he seems to know that his hands and feet are his. After that was when I offered him the rattle that he took, when in the past I had to force it into his hand and it seemed to be chance and muscle contractions that kept it there. And then he started rubbing his eyes so I swaddled him and gave him his pacifier and he went right down for a two hour nap, which is a long time for him. He took a nice, long nap later in the day too. It was like pushing a button though, he just went right to sleep all on his own. He is such a good baby!
I really need to get some sleep now. But those are the basics of todays events (yesterday by the time this was written).