Linus – Weeks 25 through 30

You may have wondered where the good photos have been for the last few weeks. I’ve tried to post a few things here and there, but they’ve largely been quick shots taken with my phone, and the quality isn’t nearly what you’ve come to expect if you’ve spent any time at all with this blog.

No, the truth is, there haven’t been as many photos lately because Linus has suddenly become very active and interactive. He doesn’t sit still! And even when he’s sitting still, he’s exploring all of the space around him, trying out different ways to sit, and “talking” with us. Yen simply can’t take as many photos as before because he’s got his hands full enjoying Linus.

So I hope you like Linus photos, because you’re about to join with me as we go through this stockpile of five weeks of smiling Linus.

This first one is one of the last taken in his swing. A major theme of these weeks is change and outgrowing his “baby” spaces. He simply doesn’t fit in his swing any longer, and (more important) he doesn’t get the same benefit of the lulling motion as he did when he was a squishy little guy. So it’s now packaged up and waiting in the garage in case there’s a little brother or sister.

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I’m going to be so sad when he outgrows this hat. I just think it’s adorable.

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Here’s one of those morning selfies! Linus loves looking in the mirror even more than he did before. I think he recognizes now that it’s him.

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We’ve been pulling out more toys from the arsenal now. He’s definitely outgrown a few things, and I should probably put them away. I also think a trip to the store for some new offerings is probably in order.

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I know these pictures are probably wrong, but we just couldn’t resist. It turns out that you can balance something on Linus’s head, and he almost always just carries on with whatever he was doing.

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We debated whether this is an Aztec headdress, or just Linus getting his hair done.

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And yes, he’s still a very, very smiley fellow. It’s rare that he’s not in a good mood, and even when he is, he still tries to manage a smile for us.

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One of his favorite toys right now is his activity center. He especially enjoys closing the little doors on it. slam!

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No matter what we try, he will not drink more than 4oz in one sitting. I suppose that’s OK, especially because now he’s mostly willing to hold his own bottle.

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During these five weeks, he started using a high chair! It’s an absolute necessity given how much solid food he’s eating. Right now he still usually eats on his own. Soon we will pull him up to the table with us at dinner and let him go to town.

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One of the last times he used the “infant insert” in his bath. He’s growing up!

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Check out those biceps!

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Many of Linus’s outfits have some kind of character on the bum. I adore them.

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And speaking of adore… He’s so cuddly these days! When I come home from work, he really leans in and hugs me. Last night, in fact, he paused about once a minute to turn and hug me. This went on for about half an hour!

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He’s completely done with the swaddle now. Here he’s snuggled with his little elephant blanket, but at night he sleeps in a little contraption (you’ll see in a moment) that traps his hands. So right now, he doesn’t really have a “lovey.”

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See how far away the pacifier is? This was when he was sort of self-weaning off of it. We’ve locked them all up in the cabinets now.

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My Tran men!

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He may not need a pacifier any longer, but he still indulges in several fingers in his mouth from time to time.

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His hair is really coming in!

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Well, some of it.

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Here’s the big boy in his crib! Another major development during these weeks was leaving our bedroom and going to his own room to sleep. I miss him! I still bring him into the bed with me for Saturday afternoon naps. And I still put him in bed with Yen when I leave for the day. We can’t possibly quit cold turkey.

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Linus is very interested in how fingers work right now. If you need to amuse him, just wiggle your fingers and he’ll watch in silence. Itsy Bitsy is still a favorite, naturally.

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He loves books that have some kind of flap or other reveal. Aunt Mary gave him one for Christmas about zoo animals, and it’s his absolute favorite. One day we didn’t have the book, and I started to recite it as a joke with Yen. Linus got very excited and looked around for it.

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Oh, here it is! This is the one I was just talking about. You can see how much he loves it by all the teeth marks on the spine.

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Ba noi often shows him videos or pictures of himself, which he also likes.

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He loves to practice standing now. You can see here that he’s getting very good at it! No interest yet in taking steps, or in pulling himself up to standing. I’m sure it will happen before we’re ready.

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He loves toes as much as fingers. Sometimes when we’re cuddled up and he’s drinking from a bottle, I will forget and wiggle my toes – and then he forgets to drink!

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Linus eats a lot of food now. In the last week, we’ve begun to let him sample anything he likes. He’s had pho, peanut butter, eggs, and miso soup in addition to his “baby” food. Don’t worry: we’ll hold off on strawberries and honey.

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Here’s our little yogi practicing Happy Baby on cha’s stress mat.

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Oh yes… he’s discovered the toy that’s always with him…

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Here’s what I mentioned earlier: his outfit for sleeping. It’s sort of a wearable blanket. It’s got little arms, but they’re loose and don’t let his hands outside. That keeps them warm and unavailable to scratch or distract. Plus he looks like a little starfish when he sleeps (in fact, that’s what we all it; “Yen? Is the starfish in the dryer?”).

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Rawr! Ferocious snugglesaurus!

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His motor skills are really improving. He likes to play with smaller objects now like this little ball. Of course we have to be careful that he can’t reach anything too small.

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He loves making the little motor sound with his lips. bpbpbpbpbpbp!

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This picture makes me positively swoon. We’d just sat down for lunch in a restaurant, and Linus was very excited to be seated across from cha!

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Here he is eating the orange slice that came with Yen’s meal.

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Ginger restaurant (Bedford Center)

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At little impatient for the food to come… Check out those teeth!

Ginger restaurant (Bedford Center)

Ginger restaurant (Bedford Center)

Ginger restaurant (Bedford Center)

Ginger restaurant (Bedford Center)