Yen and I have decided that we should post photos weekly if we possibly can. That should make everyone happy: he has fewer to process, I can actually remember the events in the photos, and you get to have a virtual visit with Linus more often.
I don’t know whether I’ve mentioned the set-up in our house. Linus has a well-appointed room upstairs, of course. But we’ve also decided to turn the living room into a play area. It’s a sunny little room right next to the kitchen, so he can play while we cook and we’re close enough to hear when those dangerous, mysterious silences happen.
Look at that mischievous grin! That’s been the theme this week: Linus is becoming a little trickster. He loves teasing everyone.
Here we’re having one of our after-work dance parties. Whenever I say, “Dance!” he runs over and grabs my hands, and we bounce away.
More swimming lesson photos! You can see in this first one that he’s getting into the arm action too now.
I always like this part of the lesson, when I cruise around with him on the kickboard.
Here’s Linus getting dunked by the teacher! It’s a nice technique – he goes into the water sideways so he doesn’t Â get a nose full of water.
Now coming back up.
Linus was flirting with the mom of one of his fellow students. No shame at all.
Linus loves to play peekaboo. I’ve never seen him use the curtain before.
Yen’s got an old keyboard that he lets Linus click away on while he (Yen) is working.
Little lumberjack! This was Sunday morning before we went apple picking. He ended up wearing a warmer shirt, but I sure thought this would be a good apple picking outfit.
This goat seems excited to see Linus!
Linus is always excited to see the chickens – whether we’re at the zoo, a farm, or even near our neighbor’s house.
Uh oh. There were acorns, and of course he spotted them.
Here I am looking jolly and mismatched. I can’t bring myself to buy a maternity coat even though it’s getting colder.
See that impish little grin on his face? He took the acorns he collected and went around teasing the goats and chickens with them. Like, “See? Want this? You can’t have it! Ha ha ha!” He’s lucky there was a fence between them.
I took this photo especially for Jenny. Poor cold little bunny!
It’s impossible to get a smile out of Linus when there’s a camera in front of your face. I just felt proud that I got him to look at me.
He’s heading over to check out the hay maze.
This goat! Linus sticks his finger in to touch… Gently…
Then gets more bold…
Then grabs the poor goat’s nose! As you can see, it was pretty unperturbed, and just responded by madly licking him.
Back up on the hay maze now.
This cracks me up. Whenever Linus rides on Yen’s shoulders, he holds his toes.
About the best picture you can get when two little kids are involved, I think.
Nope, still won’t smile. We’re on the hay ride out to the apple trees.
When we got out to the trees, Linus just wandered around on his own, checking things out. A lot of people drop perfectly good apples on the ground, and this fruit-loving baby wasn’t happy about it. He started collecting.
After a while, he just settled down under a tree and started eating the apples he found underneath. Not all of them were very clean, but I think a little dirt is probably good for him in the end.
While he sat there, completely unconcerned, people kept stopping to gush over how cute he was. A couple of people even took his photo. Silly baby.
After we had all of the apples we could carry, we decided to check out the pumpkins.
Someone foolishly stepped away their pumpkin-filled bi bo.
It was much heavier than he expected! When he couldn’t push it from that end, he tried the other.
Our little man just takes off and walks wherever he wishes, no fear at all. I love that about him.