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What happens after a baby eats sand? He poops sand. Probably should have seen that coming…

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It’s been really hot this week and Eric and Calvin have been going to the beach almost every day. ¬†Today they were joined by Calvin’s Uncle Ivan. They had a good time and Calvin ingested plenty of delicious sand.

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This is what happens every night as soon as Calvin hears the bath water running:

This from a boy who used to scream his head off every time we tried to bathe him! Times have definitely changed.

We finally got some good shots of Calvin’s teeth, which you can only see when he smiles really big.

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He hasn’t taken any steps since his first attempt, but he’s working on his jumping skills – I’m still trying to get that on video. His new favorite sound is the “motorboat” sound. Sometimes that’s how we find out he’s woken up from his nap – we hear him making motorboat sounds in his crib.

He loves exploring outside and will go out whenever we leave the door open. He likes to play with the rocks in our planters. He’s especially drawn to green plants, so the basil plant that’s out on our front deck is a little beaten and bruised, but Calvin smells delicious!

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Of course everything goes in his mouth, so we really have to keep an eye on him when he’s playing with leaves and such. That’s just par for the course, I guess. He’s pretty fearless when it comes to exploring or trying to do things (like crawl from one recliner to another over a two-foot gap), which is another reason we have to watch him like a hawk and hold him tightly – he’s quite strong.

Changing his diaper has become quite a challenge, because the boy WILL NOT stay still. You can imagine how much fun that is.

He gets very serious when he’s exploring or trying to figure things out, but he is also very funny and has a silly sense of humor – it’s easy to make him laugh.

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He’s still not much of a napper, but he’s sleeping much better at night and that makes a huge difference in our lives.¬†

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Life is good!

This video is a snippet of Calvin playing one of his favorite games – it’s a version of peek-a-boo. He’ll do this over and over, but I can’t get it on video because as soon as he sees the camera he charges and the game ends.

What’s interesting to me about this game is how much development it represents. I’ve really been working at keeping this blog up to date since Calvin was born. We have family all over the country, so it helps them keep up with what he’s doing and it’s an easy way to keep track of all his milestones. I thought I’d done a pretty good job of getting everything written down, but when we play this game I notice how many things he’s doing now that came on so gradually I didn’t notice.

Calvin’s been responding to his name for awhile now, but I couldn’t tell you exactly when that started. He’s developing object permanence – he understands when we leave the room or when we’re behind a curtain that we’re not gone. He’s also developing a sense of humor, a sense of play, beyond just reacting to silly faces and noises and things. When we get a good game of “where’s Calvin?” going, he’ll start cracking up as soon as I start asking the question, and he’ll hide a little longer and laugh instead of popping right out. He thinks it’s hilarious, even before I react. I can’t tell you a definitive starting point for any of these developments – they’re sort-of happening in the background as he works on other things.

These things are as natural for adults as breathing, but when you watch a baby make these connections it seems pretty miraculous. Having a baby is a ton of work, and it can be exhausting and worrying and stressful. But it’s also restoring my sense of wonder, and filling my days with joy after unexpected joy.

We’ve had more visitors in town – my uncle Charley and his family. The whole Cropley crew went to the beach on Friday, and Eric took Calvin (I joined them after work). I expected him to hate the ocean after his kiddie-pool experience a couple of weeks ago, but he had a great time!

Note to self: buy bigger rash guard

Note to self: buy bigger rash guard

Laughing it up with Grandma

Laughing it up with Grandma

Calvin and Jared

Calvin and Jared

Calvin and Jenna

Calvin and Jenna

Playing in the water

Playing in the water

Relaxing with Dad

Relaxing with Dad

A few quick updates:

Calvin took his first step this morning (first without holding onto anything, that is). Then he lost his balance and fell down. I didn’t see him take any more steps today, but of course it’s just a matter of time.

He also has his first tooth – I’d put up a picture, but it’s almost impossible to see it – he tends to cover it with his tongue.

He’s finally sleeping better – only waking up once a night now. Hurray! We had to do a little “sleep training” and I chickened out and slept at my mom’s for a couple of nights, but Eric says the crying really wasn’t too bad, and now things are so much better! What a relief!

And now, here’s a video of Calvin working his quads:

Calvin is growing up so fast – can’t believe he’s already 7 months old!

He’s standing up really well, now – he’s been working on it almost constantly for the past few days. It’s funny – he already seems to be getting frustrated, like “okay, I’m standing up, now what?”

He’s doing a great job of keeping his balance. The other day I watched him stand up, bend over and pick up a shoe, and then stand back up without losing his balance. It’s funny how simple things like that are so amazing when you see a baby do them for the first time. He’ll take steps if he’s holding onto something, but so far hasn’t tried to take any steps while he’s free standing. I suspect it will happen soon (probably too soon for my comfort).

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