Well technically he probably has been sitting for a couple weeks now, but he would usually only be upright for a short time before toppling over. Once he started to lean, the big melon takes over, gravity brings him down pretty quickly. In the last several days he has gotten much more stable and will even right himself pretty well (the melon still wins and brings him down periodically.)
As any parent does we are checking development milestones off the list and this is a big one. This is one that is funny tho, because it is such a gradual lead up to success, not like rolling over, crawling or walking were they weren’t one day, the next day they start and by the third day they are good at it. Sitting up like holding their head up is so much more gradual. You prop them up and the stay up for little bits of time and eventually they get better and better at it. Jim said they other day “Wow he is sitting.”
Sitting is also one of those milestones that make life easier for Mom. Now instead of having to find a good place to lay him down, you can just sit him on the floor (a clean floor of course) or in the shopping cart or with his brother and a toy. Today, Will decided he was done at the Kids Klub at our gym before I was ready, so he came and sat on a towel while I finished up. The other nice thing is he can look at his toes if you don’t have a toy handy. Will’s toes are his favorite body part right now (I am sure that will change when he gets older.) He just needs to eat them all the time, if he is laying down up come the feet and if he is sitting down goes the face. The other night he tried to get them while he was in the bath tube and was surprised every time he put his face in the water. I just wish I was that flexible now.
So here is to sitting up, another big milestone to check off for Will. Daddy has already started “crawling lessons.”