Linus: Week 61

It’s been a tough week for us, and you can see a bit of it on Linus’s face here. I see this look and think, “Get that camera outta my face!” But maybe I’m reading too much into it.

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It may actually just be the look of sincere concentration. What you can’t see in that photo above is that he’s been trying to figure out how to turn his little gummy bear light on. After failing, he’s decided on a solid technique: just stand on it.

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And you know what? It worked.

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The story this week continues to be one of major sleep deprivation. Linus is still in a (very normal) sleep regression, so we’re all a tired bunch. What compounded things this week were MMR and chicken pox vaccinations, and a flu shot. Poor little guy ended up with a fever he couldn’t shake for two days.

I don’t know whether it was the right thing to do, but we thought that some time outside would help cheer him up – and maybe exhaust him enough to sleep. Off we went to Ward Reservation. Here he is all bundled and ready for the hike.

Ward Reservation, Andover

Fall has come late this year. Some people attribute it to the heat, others to too little rain. Whatever the cause, we are a solid two weeks behind where we should be on foliage, maybe more. Still, there were a few leaves to crunch pleasantly underfoot.

We choose Ward because of the terrific system of boardwalks, which Linus demonstrated affection for last week.

Ward Reservation, Andover

Yen showed him the blazes marking the trail, and on our way back, he pointed to them again. He’s going to be great at orienteering one day.

Ward Reservation, Andover

The bulk of the boardwalks at Ward take you through what’s called a “quaking bog.” I believe that’s when bog vegetation forms over a body of water – which would make it pretty scary to fall through. This time we didn’t have trouble keeping him on the boardwalk, thankfully.

Ward Reservation, Andover

Ward Reservation, Andover

What he really enjoyed was pushing the fallen leaves through the cracks between the boards.

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I’ve developed this new technique for tricking him into smiling for the camera: I tickle him.

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Linus led the way along the walk, stopping sometimes to poke at things, or point up when he heard a noise. He did seem to be feeling much better.

Ward Reservation, Andover

When we got to the end, that’s when trouble came. The boardwalk ends in a little jetty that floats up and down on the water. It’s awfully tempting to jump around on.

He did pose for a few pictures with Yen, and then he didn’t want to leave.

Ward Reservation, Andover

Ward Reservation, Andover

Ward Reservation, Andover

In the end we had to drag him away with the promise of more trees to inspect.

Ward Reservation, Andover

Back up at the top of the hill, we discovered that there are a few trees that have exploded into color.

Ward Reservation, Andover

Ward Reservation, Andover

Here they are at the top of the hill, where there’s a wide meadow and a view of Boston. It was such a beautiful, clear day.

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Linus and I wandered all around looking at the grass and trees.

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Isn’t this funny? He looks like he’s wading through deep snow.

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I don’t know why, but he was quite enamored of this post marking the trail. He just wouldn’t walk away.

Ward Reservation, Andover

A couple of more poses, and then we needed to head out for lunch. We were starving!

Ward Reservation, Andover

Ward Reservation, Andover

Yen says this is the first photo of Linus and Little Sister.

Ward Reservation, Andover

Ward Reservation, Andover

The next day, his fever was even worse. We had planned to go to “Boo at the Zoo” with our friends Tan, Susie, and Ruby, and we almost canceled. Finally we decided again that time outside would improve his mood. You’ll see from these photos that it really didn’t seem to. Have you ever seen anyone so grumpy at a zoo?!

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We didn’t bother with a costume for him, by the way. We figured he was just ¬†going as a Bruins fan.

We got a good look at the baby gibbon this time. A little hard to see in the photo, but it was the best I could manage.

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And then just a couple more shots of poor Mister Grumpy.

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His fever finally broke around 4am Monday, so his mood is much improved. Now if only we could all get some sleep…