Itai has had some pretty fun changes in the last few weeks. While he's been very smiley and happy at home, he can be very shy outside. Lately that quiet smile, and those twisted sucked in lips have been replaced by a great big smile. He absolutely loves bubbles and that's about all you need to make him scream and coo with joy. He also loves his bath (but he still really, REALLY hates the pool!) and loves to play splash with Avi. Those two could splash in the tub until its empty or until they are permanently pruned.
He also learned to climb the stairs this week. I ran upstairs to grab a pacifier and turned right back around to find him on the second step. It was quite a surprise! I almost grabbed him to get him safely off the stairs, but I decided to see how far he could go. He didn't stop until he was all the way at the top. He loved it! He sat at the top of the landing an looked over the room as if from a throne. Its too bad that Avi was at school, he loves it when Itai does things for the first time.
He has also learned that you can open some of the cabinets in the kitchen and pull out the pots and pans. He also learned that banging those things together or on the floor can be very fun. Avi never really realized that and thinks its so funny. We wonder what Itai will find next!
We decided to take away the walker after reading that it could delay walking. He isn't walking yet, but he is really trying. He is using everything he can to stand and cruise. His favorite place to stand is under the table or by one of the chairs. He's starting to let go for a little bit before grabbing on for dear life. He wasn't able to catch himself yesterday and ended up flat on his face, poor little guy. He is trying so hard to stand up and walk on his own that it can't be long before he is walking freely. That should be interesting. Its hard enough to keep Itai away from Avi now!
Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to post his first steps and maybe even his first word!