Linus – Weeks 5 and 6

I can’t believe Linus is already six weeks old! The days go so fast when they’re spent just holding him, feeding him, and learning to play with him. He’s changed a lot in the last couple of weeks.

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For one thing, he smiles a lot now. He’s also very chatty and interactive. He is content to sit and listen to someone talk for a long time, especially if you’re willing to make funny faces while you do it. You can see him studying your mouth when you talk, puzzling out how those strange sounds are made. And if you’re lucky, he will talk back with you using sweet little “oooo” sounds.

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Professor Linus spends a lot of time on his play mat observing the behavior of his toys and conducting experiments. This morning, in fact, I stepped away for a minute, and when I came back, a lion that usually dangles over his head was mysteriously lying on the mat.

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This little boy who doesn’t know how to roll over yet really enjoys practicing standing up. I usually just brace him against my belly, but Yen constructs a pillow-based support system for him, and he looms over us all.

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Here’s the little sleep lord resting on a quilt that Grandma made for him. See all those adorable sock monkeys?

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I love this photo. It just perfectly captures a typical moment. Linus is all wrapped up and ready to sleep, and Yen is resting near him before he rocks him to sleep. So quiet and sweet.

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Bà nội comes over two or three times a week to practice for when I go back to work. They’re going to have a great time playing together all day long. I’m dreading going back to office and leaving the little guy behind. But knowing that he’ll be at home with bà nội and Yen makes me feel so much better.

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Here’s Linus wondering why he’s not eating lunch right now, Mommy!

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Does every baby smile as he falls off to sleep? This one does. In fact, the surest sign that he’s about to sleep is that his eyes droop and he smiles.

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I think here he’s playing a tiny air guitar. Maybe he’s dreaming of adoring fans.

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Tummy time is getting longer and longer. He does baby push-ups, looks all around, and sometimes just hangs out and enjoys the feeling of a different position.

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These moments won’t last much longer when I head to work: after he finishes nursing, he just lounges on the nursing pillow and we talk or play, or sometimes he falls asleep and I just look at him.

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Wait, this isn’t Linus! It’s a photo from a walk we took at Great Brook Farm.

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I love how he’s lounging with his arm over Yen’s here. You can tell how much he loves his cha.

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