Our family spends a lot of time near or in the water in the summer. Swimming pools and open bodies of water (including bathtubs and toilets) are dangerous places for babies to be without proper training. We enrolled Jamisen in swimming lessons at the ripe old age of 8 months. So far, he’s not a huge fan of the water but he is a huge fan of the play toys IN the water (see below).
See the single minded focus in the below video as he goes for his ball? Email subscribers, click through to see video. The kid has the power of focus! And, lest you think that I am staying dry during swim lessons be assured that I am not and am happily splashing around with Jamisen as well.
Jamisen still loves eating and is getting really good at gumming his foods into submission. I have also started feeding him small bits of fresh veggie juice in the morning (juiced by yours truly) and he loves vegetable juice (even the more bitter kale based ones).
This is a photo from his 8 month old photo shoot. It’s the only one I could get where he wasn’t moving, eating the sticker or looking like a hyper midget on 9 shots of coffee (but he’s still tearing the sticker off even as his eyes look so innocently up at the camera):
And this is what happened in the next 35 seconds – notice the eating of the sticker and then the dangerous “Let’s play schooch on the granite ledge. Front teeth? Who needs ’em!?”:
The reason my leg and sock is in the photo the entire time is because when the inevitable fall came, I wanted to be close enough to break it (with my leg but something had to be holding the camera). This granite Pull-Up-And-Scootch move was the first time Jamisen has successfully pulled himself into an upright, standing position. Obviously, the desire to not pose for this photos was so strong that he had extra energy to propel him upwards and onto the least-safe propping station in the house (granite). Jamisen is keeping us giggling, laughing and marveling at everything he does. And now that he’s sleeping long stretches at a time? Life is is one big party.