Linus – Week 16

There are so many new skills to report this week! One of them – I guess you’d call it a skill – is whining. Or maybe grumbling is a nicer way to put it. When he’s not happy about things, he starts in with a low moan-whine that gradually rises in pitch and volume until, if you haven’t heeded the warning, it grows into an all-out cry. I guess it’s nice to have the warning now instead of skipping right to Code Red. But really, how could we begrudge this little guy anything?

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And speaking of getting what he wants, here’s Linus checking out Mommy’s assets. As is his right to do,  I suppose. He’s gone beyond the primitive rooting that all infants do, and now when he wants to nurse he just bends down and starts gumming away through my shirt until I comply. And when he’s done, he pushes it away out of his face. Which, again, is better than having to guess at what he wants.

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He’s sitting up more, although he still can’t quite manage it on his own. It gives him a whole new view of his menagerie.

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He still loves playing airplane, of course. And now when I make the rising, “ooooOOOO” sound, he knows that means he’s going to get a bunch of kisses on his little neck, and he giggles.

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Does he get cuter with each passing day? We sure think so.

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Poor guy. He can’t put his arms down! Now that winter is here, he has to get bundled up before every single walk, and not every day comes with a walk. But he still very much enjoys them when they do happen.

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This is a strange picture, I know, but it illustrates a new thing: whenever he nurses, he throws the free arm up into the air behind him. If you pin it down, the energy seems to need to flow out his leg, and it goes kick-kick-kick.

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Family selfie on the nursery floor!

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I love this little expression sequence.

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Tummy time is a lot more fun now. He’s stronger and can look around. But maybe more important, he’s learned to flip himself onto his back if he doesn’t like it. He hasn’t quite managed flipping from back to front yet, but I suspect that’s because he doesn’t really see the need.

By the way, notice the puddle under his chin. The drooling is in high gear now. He has to wear a bib all day to keep his clothes dry.

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Sophie is still his favorite! She gets tucked into that armpit a lot.

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The morning bathroom photos continue.

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The other option when he finds himself on his front is the army crawl. I discovered this when I dropped a pacifier a few inches in front of him. He used his elbows to pull himself over to it.

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Linus loves his penguin! No, he wasn’t named after Torvalds! But the penguin is still definitely his mascot. Every night before bed, Yen puts on an aquarium show for him, in which the penguin pretends to be a fish and swims around in front of the mirror. Linus absolutely loves it. When the penguin hides behind his head and then pops back into view, he always giggles no matter how tired he is.

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Linus loves ba noi so much!

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Here’s another new trick: he uses both hands to play with his toys now. He can even pass it from one hand to the other.

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I’m not sure what he was checking out here.

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This is the airplane coming in for kisses. Poor little bald spot!

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