I meant to write about this in my last post, but forgot, so I'll just make it a new post.
Carter has started to get better at grabbing things lately. When we're out and about he liked to ride front-facing in the sling and hold onto the fingers of one of my hands. He grasps and releases my fingers, and seems to be studying them. When he lies under his baby gym, he stares at dangling toys very intently and works so hard to grasp them. I can see him concentrating very hard, and when he can't quite do it, he gets frustrated and cries, then bats at the toys hard enough to make them swing around. But he always calms down and tries again.
Today I watched him playing for a while, and it was so fascinating to see how he is starting to study everything around him. He will hold toys in his hand and turn them over, studying them intently. He's starting to put things he can hold in his mouth, and when he can't quite get the toy there he's visibly annoyed. He used to play by laying on the floor and kicking and flailing, but now his efforts are more focused. He will lie very still for a while staring at something, and then reach up and grab it. He will hold onto the toy for a long time, turning it in his hand and pulling it toward him. I got a little bit of this on video today.
It's so amazing to watch him grow and change! He'll lie there and play for a long time, and I like to sit beside him and watch. Every now and then he'll look up and see me watching him, and he'll grin and squeal. So cute!