A place for Mrs. B to brag about her (wonderful) kids, share her recipes, keep her writing muscles loose and learn more about photography as she documents life for friends and family across the country.
Alison and Bobby gave Jack a present while we were in the hospital. They said it was all for Jack, and Alex and I were not to have any! We weren't sure about that, but Alison and Bobby insisted, so we went along with it. :)
Okay, we're still not too brave about taking bath pictures -- he tends to wobble around a lot with all that water. Here's one that at least shows his general attitude toward baths (calm, but very interested in the strange goings-on):
This week, Jack got a book in the mail from his great great aunt! It is very cute. Alex read it aloud to him already, and he was fascinated. Considering that it has real pages, we are going to hold it aside until he gets a bit older and doesn't have quite such a probability of eating it. :)
Yesterday Jack went to his first harvest festival. It was at Applecrest Orchards, which seems to be one of the coolest orchard/farms ever, with the added benefit of being only 10 minutes away from us! All the adult men of the family had to work, so we set out with aunties Amy and Alison, cousins Ashley and Rebecca, and Nonnie (aka my mom, Diana) for a day of fun. :)
Here is Jack helping Nonnie get ready to head out:
When we got there it was about 12:30 and we were all hungry, so we got right in line for some hot dogs, roasted corn, cider, and more. Here is Jack waiting to get through the line: And enjoying a harvest lunch: After lunch, we ran around and played: Next, we got some cider donuts and hot cider.... ...and saw a petting zoo that had a llama, some hens, and a bunch of baby goats:Jack helped me talk Alex through a quick file upload I had forgotten to do before leaving: We hit the farm stand for some goodies: And enjoyed some really good bluegrass music:
By then, it had been a long day and Jack was all tired out. Time to go home!
Since I'm going to be returning to work at some point, we have planned to pump milk and have Alex give bottles to Jack. This also has the benefit that I won't have to wake up EVERY time that he's hungry in the night! This picture is not great, since the camera battery died, but you can at least see the dubious look:
He did figure it out in short order, and drank the whole thing! Yaaaaaaaaay, more than 3 hours of sleep in a row!! :D
Sparky actually does like getting his tail pulled and things like that, so he enjoyed this too. :) Jack worked really hard on getting his hand to grab the tail and wave it around, and all told, this activity was good for at least 15 minutes.... The next day, Jack was taking swipes at Bo's tail, so I think we've started a good game!
We gave Jack his first full bath (as opposed to washcloth baths, which is what we have been doing). We realized afterward that pictures would have been nice, but we were mostly concerned with making sure he didn't drown or go flying out of his little tub or something. We do have a picture of him afterward, which I will post after I change his diaper and feed him. :)
I am starting up again with editing, which is lovely! I was able to get something useful done while sitting up with semi-sleepy but a bit fussy Jack in the middle of the night. It's definitely good to start getting back to normal life. :)
He had his first doctor's appointment today. He now weighs 10 lbs and 14 ounces (wow!) and is 23 inches long (he started at 21 1/2). Highlights included peeing all over the examination table and pooping on the nurse's hand. He was quiet and alert for the whole visit and didn't even fuss one time. What a champion!