today, though, i did something different.
i laid out a blanket and then i pulled his toy basket to the living room and took nothing out myself. i let him choose the toys he wanted to play with on his own. i also set up a pile of books, that i usually keep organized for reading time, and gave him access to those as well.
and all morning, he's been going back and forth between his toy basket and books, playing/eating with each one as he chooses. it's pretty incredible.
i'd have to say that's the best part of this stage right now. his new mobility and independence is so fun to watch. he'll sit on the floor, look around, maybe scream a little, and then he'll decide which way to go. and when he gets there, he is so happy and proud. and then he's off to explore some other part of the room.
he'll always end up back at my feet. pulling himself up on my legs until he's standing and patting me so that i'll pick him up.