He cut his first two teeth in the last week (on the bottom). It's adorable seeing those tiny pearly whites peeking out when he smiles.
My grandmother (right) with her two sisters
My cousin, Truitt, who shares Charles' birthday
Yesterday he played a mimicking game with Nana (my mom) for several minutes, which is the first time he'd really done anything like that since he was about two months old and would stick his tongue out at me when I'd stick mine out at him. Mom would make a little sound in her throat and he would giggle and do it back to her, and back and forth they went. Thank goodness the video-camera was nearby!
He rolled himself off the bed a few weeks ago--it was heartbreaking and totally my fault. I think it scared him more than anything; he was calm again in a few minutes and I never discovered any bumps or bruises.
For playtime, his favorite thing is just sitting on the floor with a few toys. He loves things that make noise when he bangs them on something, like his stacker. We've been rolling the ball back and forth together too, though it's mostly me rolling it to Charles, him trying to eat it, then dropping it and it rolling (sometimes) in my general direction. But hey, it's a start! Sometimes he's in the mood to gum on one of his softer fabric toys or teething rings, but these aren't nearly as popular as they were a month or two ago.
My dad (aka Grandpa)
My mom (aka Nana)
I haven't officially started him on solid foods yet; I just love nursing him and I don't want my milk supply to go down. We've given him some banana chunks, which were a mess--er, success. ;) He's also enjoyed gumming on peaches, apples, and blueberries through a mesh feeding thing. That gets pretty sticky pretty fast, but he can really get most of the substance through it and seems to like it. We're going to try some avocado soon too. But I'm in no hurry as long as he seems satisfied from nursing.