William’s First Easter

Although I usually put William into the church nursery, I looked forward to taking him to the Sunrise Easter service at church. It took quite a bit of effort to get us both ready to go. Somehow we were there early.

The chairs were set up on the stairs outside to catch a glimpse of the sunrise to our right sides.

I wasn’t sure if William would sleep or be awake. He stayed awake the entire half hour service.

As always Pastor Mariellen got really into the tone of her service.

These are probably the most animated photos I have of her preaching.

The sun came up adding beautiful light to the service. At the end we had Alyss play the role of Mary Magdalene who was the first witness to Jesus after his resurrection.

It was such a beautifully acted out sermon, half ad libbed to include answers to questions from the audience. I was glad I was in attendance and that I’d brought William.

That afternoon it was time to see our relatives in San Mateo and celebrate the commercial part of Easter. While we waited for everyone to arrive we gave William the toy from his Godmother and Godbrother. With it on it lights up and makes lots of noise.

William liked it a lot, even when it was in the off mode.

At five months he was the youngest child there and received a lot of attention, even from other children.

This year there was a special Easter egg hidden for adults amongst the eggs hidden for kids. The finder of this one would win tickets to a home SF Giants game of their choice. I felt confident I’d find it, but instead Matt did even though he was carrying William at the time.

William received three Easter baskets this year. From left to right, they are from Aunt Gina and Uncle Pat (our hosts for Easter), me and Candy. We put it all out for him to see all his great presents.

Contained are some great toys and books. Some of the items are educational and some just for fun.

He did not like wearing these bunny ears at all. At one point, one of the dogs running in the house had them on and was wearing them happily. Unfortunately the dog was too fast for me to take a photo.

He did like this bunny which makes noises and has ears that wiggle.

I enjoyed showing him his new book which has buttons to be pressed to make musical sounds for him.

We ate outside on the back patio. William wore a new bib from his Easter basket. In the light Matt’s shirt and Matt’s eyes appear the same color.

We had a great time today enjoying so many wonderful parts of Easter.

~ Danielle

Moving On Permanently From His Bassinet

I’ve blogged a few times about how often people tell Matt and I that William will grow up before we know it. We definitely see this for ourselves when clothes that fit him one day first get too tight then eventually don’t fit him at all, or when we look at photos from his birth to now and see how big he’s gotten. His latest growth spurt, in terms of height and weight, along with how he can push himself up on his hands mean it was time to make the transition from the bassinet to his Lotus Travel Crib.

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He’s Got Music in His Heart and Feet

When I was growing up I had somewhat of a desire to be in band. I never played an instrument, though I did sing in choir in junior high and was a flag twirler for part of high school. I would like to inspire William to potentially learn to play an instrument or two. Part of this also stems from his Godbrother, Tyler, playing the guitar and drums. So when I told Maribel they had sent him something musically related that he’d get for Easter, I was intrigued when she told me she had him started in that direction as well.

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First Bath in a Full Bathtub

Some baby milestones are developmental ones, others are little firsts within their environment along the way. William has until today always had the bath’s that Candy gave him in a sink with his bath sponge there to hold him in place. Today for the first time ever she decried that he was too big for her sink, and so it was time to use the sponge and put him the regular bathtub.

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A Longer Visit to the Library

I have so many happy memories from going to the library as a child, from taking out many books to participating in fun kids activities. When Maribel first mentioned taking William to the library, I thought he’d have a great time. However, she soon returned back to her place with him and the other boys, as he cried. Perhaps. it was just too noisy of a day for him, was her guess. This week she decided to go again, and he had a much better experience.

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Upcoming Milestones on The Horizon

One series of questions I get a lot about William is if he’s reached certain milestones yet. I’ve been asked everything from if he’s smiling and laughing, which he has, to if he’s crawling, standing, walking, even talking yet, which he is not. Still, it’s fun to see the progress he will be making in the not so distant future. One thing he is trying so hard to do is stand on his own, many people have commented on it.

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