Linus – Weeks 52-53

Looking at all of these photos now, I can’t believe how much we did during these last two weeks!

Linus has been using the potty regularly now for almost two months. I admit I thought Ba Noi was crazy when she started putting him on the potty before he could even walk, but it was such a smart move. He manages to poop there almost every day, and he’s even starting to alert us when he needs to go. He also seems to enjoy his visits to the potty, as he’s always very friendly and looking for things to play with. I wonder how long until he’s fully trained? I know it’ll be a long while, but it’s fun to speculate. He’s certainly proud of himself.

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He’s increasingly leaving behind his baby toys and playing with big boy toys like his truck. I just bought him a new toy box. I think it’s time to assemble it and use the opportunity to pull some toys out of the mix. They’ll be back when Little Sister gets here, and Linus can show her what to do.

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Co Ba brought Linus a bunch of books after her last trip to Vietnam. He really enjoys reading them. Yen gets a little annoyed because they use northern words instead of the southern words he’s used to. I don’t think Linus cares. A train is a train even when it’s xe lua.

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Here’s young mister heading out to see the exhibits at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem. It was such a hot day that we thought going to an overly air-conditioned place like a museum would be the best idea. And of course our little extrovert loves to be around people.

He’s extremely good at walking now, as you can see by his purposeful stride.

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Posing in front of a sculpture. It was hard to catch photos of him, as he was so on-the-go during the whole visit.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

There was a special exhibit on art made from trees that particularly pleased him. These leaves were an early favorite. I think that “no touching” sign was specifically there for him.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

We did some crafts together on a table attached to a camera. In the next photo, you can see his hand at work arranging pieces.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Linus was so taken with this piece. He kept running back over to it and looking for weak spots in the plexiglass wall. After a while he just gave up, leaned way over, and yelled at it.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

He played the xylophone made from tree trunks.

Peabody-Essex Museum

While not strictly an exhibit, Linus enjoyed the museum’s fine collection of staircases.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

What artwork could possibly compete with an ethernet outlet?

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Upstairs in the grand hall, he was most interested in the logs in the fireplace.

Peabody-Essex Museum

This penguin was taxidermied by a man who never actually saw one – hence the long neck.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Back downstairs, Linus found a craft table that was just his size. Here he’s examining some of the blocks.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Then he turned his attention to the bench, which made a fine bi bo. He pushed it all over the place!

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Finally he abandoned the bi bo and took in the bird exhibit. Linus really loves birds.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

He did some people watching from the second-floor balcony. A few people noticed him and seemed to enjoy seeing a little guy watching them.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Wow, what a flattering photo of mommy! Anyway, Little Sister is growing and growing.

Peabody-Essex Museum

My handsome Tran men! We still can’t get Linus to sit still long enough to smile at the camera.

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

We’ve set up a second play area for Linus downstairs in the living room. It’s nice that he has a place where he can go while we’re working in the kitchen, and we can all easily see and hear each other. He considers himself the microwave supervisor and comes running right away if you don’t remove the food immediately when it’s done.

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Look at this loungy baby!

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Linus really likes this Battlestar Galactica DVD he found a few weeks ago. He carries it around, opens it, spins the DVD… I keep telling him he needs to watch the rest of the series first or he won’t understand it.

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Linus is happy at the dinner table as long as he gets to feed himself. He does make exceptions for pho, though – I’m allowed to feed him that with a spoon. He’s been eating a lot of little pieces of tofu and shrimp lately, and grapes are a real favorite (cut into quarters, of course).

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Here’s his newest bi bo, on loan from Ruby Trinh. He particularly enjoys carrying it around by the antennae.

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A clean bill of health! It’s so fun to listen to his little heart. It’s so fast!

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This picture makes me swoon!

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At the Wenham Museum, I think we uncovered a potential retirement hobby for Dad: model ships.

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I like how museums have play areas with dress-up clothes for the kids. Linus is a little small, though. I put this fireman’s coat on him, and he just disappeared.

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

We specifically came to the museum for its model train collection. Here’s Linus getting warmed up with their Brio set.

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More models! All created and donated by one guy.

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Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Next up is also a model, but it’s a tiny piece from a model railroad. Up on the hill, I noticed this. That’s a seriously tenacious eagle!

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

The entire basement of this museum is filled with working model railroads. I see a membership in our future…

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Linus did a little light reading after watching the trains.

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He was playing in the little seesaw toy, and his older lady asked to join him. He played it very cool.

Wenham Museum

He wanted so badly to play under the tent with these kids, but he’s just not bold enough to crawl under things quite yet.

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

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The next day, we headed into town to check out a playground Yen heard about.

Assembly Row, Somerville

Assembly Row, Somerville

Assembly Row, Somerville

He’s still a little shy about running around. I’m not too sad about that, frankly. He’s still so little!

Assembly Row, Somerville

Assembly Row, Somerville

He loved the fact that the Orange Line trains go right by the park.

Assembly Row, Somerville

Assembly Row, Somerville

Checking out the candy tree in front of a candy store. The funny thing about this photo is that Linus has no interest whatsoever in sweets.

Assembly Row, Somerville

Giraffe in front of the LEGO store. Linus really loved it. After we walked away, he kept yelling at us to go back. At least that’s how we interpretted “Hey! Hey!” in this case.

Assembly Row, Somerville

Assembly Row, Somerville

We stopped off for lunch at a Japanese restaurant. I always order extra tofu in my miso soup. Linus loves the soft little miso-flavored bits.

Fuji Restaurant, Assembly Row

And then to complete this big day, we headed to the zoo. It was cool and drizzling, so there were very few people out. But the animals loved it!

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We stopped in at a Birds of Prey show. Here’s a bird who attacks snakes by breaking their bones. This particular guy was demonstrating using a rubber snake. Linus thought that was the funniest thing he’d ever seen.

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The birds came out and swooped low over the audience. It was the perfect show for Linus. And we loved it too.

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At the end of the show, this crow collected tips!

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Back at home, just relaxing and bi boing.

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