Newsflash! I know what killed the dinosaurs
. It was Hamish. He ate their heads first.. well, actually just the heads because the body won't fit in his mouth yet. But that doesn't stop him from trying. I'm not quite sure at what point babies start to stop trying to put things bigger than their head in their mouths, but he hasn't reached it. There's something hilarious about watching him try and jam my entire forearms into his mouth and then freaking out when it won't go.
Things progress! He can now hold his head up for long periods of time, and even whip it around suddenly to clock whichever parent is holding him solidly in the jaw. There's still the occasional neck-failure, leading to echidna-baby, all rolled up, but they are occur less and less. He can now grab things and cram them in his mouth with an 80% chance of success. He was getting a bottle feed while goldengrove
went out for a bit, and managed to hold the (almost empty) bottle up, although there was a distinct need for an assist with the aiming to get it in his mouth, rather than his eye or nose or both.
Going outside is the best thing ever, but the sudden increase in manual dexterity means two things. Firstly, getting out there is a bit tricky, as we have to go through a bead curtain to get outside (its to cut down the number of pigeons that come into the house. I am Not Making This Up), and the increased dexterity means that he grabs some of the chains of beads and suddenly we're stuck at the door. The second issue is much the same - Hamish has not yet learnt that roses are for looking at - definitely not for grabbing and jamming into your mouth, so a certain amount of alertness is required from whoever is walking him about :)
We've mostly removed the bassinet from the pram and he now gets to drive around facing forward. This is mostly good, as looking at Stuff leads to quietness, but it does mean that you have to pick your time carefully - too hot in the middle of the day, but at either end bright sunlight cuts under the sunshade parts of the pram and fries him.goldengrove
and I went along to Arcanacon
for a few hours on Saturday, a pretty successful outing. Hamish slept for two big chunks while we were there, and was cute at people the rest of the time. We got to hang out and say hi to people, and also visit the cheap book sale thing up the road. This is technically the second time Hamish went to Arc, but the last time he was >< this big. Would have liked to catch a few more folks, but they were gaming, and we was wrangling, so we did what we could. I think I need to get back to roleplaying before too long as my imagination is atrophying slightly - I'm hoping to start the monthly Werewolf:tF/Masks of Nyarlathotep up soon, but the UA game will have to wait for Jeremy to get a bit older I suspect before benji_w
could make it.
If you hold Hamish around the chest and bounce him on his feet a bit, he will sometimes stiffen his legs up and prop himself up on his own. I was investigating this phenonomen, and came to the conclusion that he would only do it when his feet were firmly (if inadvertantly) planted in my groin - clearly he is attempting to minimise the chance of having siblings to take attention away from him. He seems to be a bit slower in getting the head lifting thing happening when he's on the floor, but that's probably a lack of opportunity. We shall have to try and lay him down more often.
Photos - Last week
and this week