Today we returned home from a week at the beach, and today, Baby Boy is 17 weeks old.

And today, he learned some new tricks. While holding onto my fingers, he pulled himself from sitting to standing, using his own strength and not my lifting. He’s learning the Happy Baby pose in yoga – he started grabbing his own toes! And, in that same vein, he began grabbing other objects, too – books, stuffed animals, what have you. Before, he’d just look with interest while apparently thinking, “It’s a shame that there’s no way for me to touch this interesting toy held only inches from my face.” Ah, little one, but there is! And now, he can, and he does, and he will continue to do so.

And just like that, much more of life is within his reach.