I never fully anticipated the whole-house playground that the Petersburg house would become. The positive thing in this for the boy is that there's always something, or several things, for him to play with. The negative thing for ma and pa is that they are always having to pick up... I'm anticipating that this will not improve any time soon.
I'm hoping that this is not a sign of ADHD or anything. I think its just about early exploration. It has become common place with the rolling, inch-worm, army crawl that is happening all over the house now...
Several people have asked just how Elway has done with this new addition to the house. I can't blame them- she has been an only dog for quite some time now. Not that we added another dog. We added a boy. And we're not calling him a dog... but he is competition.
I can tell you that Elway lives to go to work with me- even more now than she used to. I think she is a little bit put out that she doesn't entirely rule the roost anymore. She does like Boden though- I think he's a pretty big curiosity for her. Elway had been spending more time in the living room hanging out with the rest of us instead of sleeping the hours away on her pillow.
Of course- the actual motivation behind all of this gregarious behavior might be rooted more in the hope of getting tidbits of goodies from the boy. She's not altruistic- I think that's a fact. Elway is generally trying to sneak a lick off of Boden's face. Steph and I's theory is that she's either hoping for leftovers- or she's attracted to the salty goodness that's usually crusted on Boden's upper lip. Who knows. If she could only talk.
Most often, when we leave the two of them alone in the living room- this is usually what happens. Boden always tries to crawl over to Elway for a pet. Elway always tries to crawl over to Boden for a lick. They might be a match made in heaven...
One thing that we have discovered with this whole process with Boden- is that he is certainly ALL- and totally innately- boy. I took a daddy/son trip to Bass Pro Shop today- and all he wanted to do is check out the fish and dead things. I had to stop the boy from spitting on people from the second story balcony... so we are reigning him in a bit.
He also has taken to making mouth-fart noises on the side of his ducky bathtub. I'm not sure where he got it- I swear I didn't show him how to do it. Combine that with Boden's total lack of ability to realize all things he runs into (you know, fireplaces, chairs, dog...) on his way to fun and entertainment- and there is no mistaking him for a boy.
With Boden's new found mobility- the world is opening up around him. On a day home with momma last week- Boden discovered the wonders of fort making... It really didn't take all that much- a couple pillows, a blanket, some things to shake around- and voila! One boy fort-
We're also in the beginnings of making new toys. You know the like- wooden spoons, pasta in a tupperware dish, cords that are attached to things that fall on one's head. You name it. Its making Steph and I both have to be on our toes a little bit more- but its exciting!
Curiosity is an amazing thing. It's also an amazing motivator we've discovered. The plane of vision for this child has expanded from the six inch tunnel. Boden is now starting to look up, down, under, around, inside... I'm a little worried about all the places his hands have already been.
As an example of the looming endeavor of baby-proofing, I thought it would be prudent to include a string of pictures we recently took. You can see the initial interest, the realization that daddy said no, acknowledgement, disregard, and finally, the continuation of the naughtiness. I guess it starts at a young age.
Things are moving up in the world... about six inches at a time now.
One of the latest developments is that Boden has been figuring out how to give eskimo kisses and how to make out with things other than mommy's chin. We caught him making out with the elephant on his bouncer the other day. Seriously. I'm not even kidding.
What might be the most disturbing thing though, is that he seems to be after the guy in the mirror... take note of the fog and slobber on that thing. Sheesh.
Things are changing RAPIDLY here. Mr. B.'s independent streak is really taking form... as well as wearing his emotions on his sleeve. Whether its being happy (which is most of the time), super intense, constipated, inquisitive... or down right mad- there's no mistaking where you might stand with him at any given moment.
I guess some would call it... refreshing. Whatever the title, it makes for good photography. Boden has gone from being fairly shy with the camera, to going all celebrity with the camera- he keeps trying to grab the darn thing and smash it into the ground. Go figure.
We're thinking he's starting to beef up a bit. You tell us. He'll be nine months in just a few days- and I can tell you that some of his 9 months stuff is starting to get filled out. But then again- he's still wearing some of the 3-6 month stuff too. Who really knows.
Hope you enjoy the ankle-biter. I think you can get a bit of personality out of these...
I assume you wouldn't be reading this if you really didn't know either Steph or I (that would be Ty). For those of you that we haven't chatted with in a while, we thought this might be a good way to keep the family and friends somewhat up to date.
As of July 2009, Steph and I have now been married for about 8 1/2 years... 8 1/2 long years... Most of what you see on this blog is related to our boys- Soren James and Boden Mattias... Son number one, Soren, was with us in 2007. He's now dancing with Jesus. Son number two, Boden, joined us in May of this year.
Thanks folks- enjoy...