Linus – Week 8

I can’t believe how quickly eight weeks went by. As I write this post, I’ve returned to work and miss Linus terribly during the day. But let’s not think about that; there are adorable photos of an adorable baby to look at.

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I love the feisty look on his face in this one. It pretty much sums up the changes this week as well: his personality is in full swing. He’s so alert now, particularly on our hikes (about which more in a moment). He takes definite naps with longer periods of furious play in between. And he’s interacting a lot with the things around him.

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Here you can see that Yen is a little bit sleepy. Nighttime is about the same with a four-hour block to start, then half an hour of feeding. Then he gives us a three-hour block of sleep, up for a feeding, and then one last two-hour block. Usually that’s the last feeding I get to give him before it’s time to pack up and drive to work. From there, it’s the Yen show. He usually feeds him and then they both go down for a nap before ba noi arrives and Yen heads to his office.

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His absolute favorite activity right now is batting around the animals on his play mat. He’s even starting to use an open hand instead of a tight little fist. I just love it when he coos at them too. I always imagine he’s scolding them.

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Now that I’m working, Linus hangs out with ba noi all day long. They nap, read, and play. He’s very happy with the situation, and so am I. If I can’t be home with him, this is how I want it to be for him.

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Of course, Yen is generally home during the day too. He spends quite a lot of it working, but everyone is allowed a break once in a while (it’s the law!), and he spends his downstairs playing with Linus. That certainly beats gossiping around a water cooler.

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Here’s Linus relaxing after his bath. He loves them. He’s not really splashing yet, but he kicks a little, and he looks all around to see where the water is falling from.

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I appreciate that Linus pretends to understand and follow along when I read to him.

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Linus enjoyed this photo just a little less than we did. The woman at the counter (this was at a Mass Audubon center) said, “And I see your baby is a moose.”

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Last weekend was a true Indian Summer with highs in the mid-80s. We escaped into the woods both days. First we went to Moose Hill in Sharon. Linus slept through most of this hike.

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I just can’t stand looking at this photo, it makes me feel so gushy inside. Is there anything more dear than the back of a baby’s head? Doesn’t he look like a tiny old man? And the smell! This is one seriously good smelling baby head.

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Here we’re relaxing in the car after our hike. Not pictured: I fed him there in the backseat, and then he slept the whole way home.

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The next day (Sunday), we headed north to Ward Reservation because we needed to be in North Andover later that evening for a BBQ. You can see here that the leaves are really getting started.

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Despite the heat – or maybe because of it – Linus stayed awake for most of this hike. He stared up at the trees, taking everything in. Each time Yen tried to stop to take a photo (or pose for one), he insisted that the horse move on again quickly.

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Check out those bare limbs! He was much more comfortable this way than all bundled on Saturday. Unfortunately he also got a very, very tiny tick. Luckily we found it immediately and removed it. But it’s a good reminder to check his whole body after every trip outside.

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Nice fungus, eh?

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What am I doing? Eating a sandwich on the run, of course!

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Oh wait – I lied. I guess he did sleep a little during this walk. It’s amazing that he can sleep like that, but he absolutely loves it.

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About halfway through the hike, there was a diaper situation. We were undeterred. Yen spread out everything on this rock and took care of it. He also displayed catlike reflexes when Linus decided to water the trees. After he was cleaned up again, I used this same rock as a nursing bench.

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