This post also appeared on www.capecodonline.com/blogs in the opinion section of the Cape Cod Times, a division of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.
First of all, Will is eating rice cereal now. Which means I’m feeding Will rice cereal. Which means I suck at it and the picture below is the result:
But that’s not really what I wanted to write about today. Even though Will is only 4 months old he’s definitely starting to develop his own personality. But within that framework I’m starting to see that he already has traits belonging to his mom and dad. This was never more evident than yesterday. We have Will in this mobile seat that’s like a Johnny Jumper type thing. You put him in and his feet touch the ground so he can move around since the thing is on wheels. There’s also a tray in front of him so he can lean on it. And on that tray is a plastic bar, only about 1/4″ in diameter and it runs across the length of the tray. It’s got those plastic circles and squares with a hole drilled in the middle so a baby can slide the plastic things from side of the tray to the other. I watched as Will problem-solved his way through the initial confusion. After a few minutes he realized the little plastic pieces slide on the bar, and soon he was moving them from one side to the other with no problem. It was captivating to watch his intensity as he tried to figure out how everything worked. But in the end, without our help, he was able to figure it out on his own. That’s something he gets directly from MJ. The ability to solve problems rationally and methodically on his own. Then we put a stuffed animal on the tray, in front of the bar. Will tried to pick it up and pull it towards him, but the bar blocked his progress. He didn’t realize he had to pick the stuffed animal up and raise it over the bar to get it near him. So he kept trying and trying and he couldn’t figure it out. And so what did he do? He got a very frustrated pouty look on his face and then he proceeded to scream and throw a fit in anger. I’ll give you two guesses whose personality that reflected! And now, I leave you with another picture of the cutest baby on the Cape. This was taken last week during Will’s first professional baseball game at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.