Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Almost Seven Consecutive Hours

In Baby World, that is sleeping through the night! Here is what we did:
  • Cluster-feed in the evening. We fed Jude at 6:30, 8:00, and 9:45, with a one-ounce supplement at each feeding. He was moderately fussy for most of the evening.
  • Walk to the A-Frame at 9pm. He cried for the first 10 minutes, then calmed down and was asleep for the walk back down the hill.
  • Read him a story at 9:30. He was very interested. Then changed his diaper and put on his pajamas.
  • After the 9:45 feeding, swaddled him twice. First with our customary swaddling blanket, then with our new Secret Weapon (see below), the fancy velcro-fastening swaddler (thanks Aileen!). He has been kicking out of his swaddle lately, and I think that's what typically wakes him up in the night.
  • Put him down at 10:30 after a little bit of swinging and with the pacifier in his mouth. He was asleep by 10:31.
  • We had to wake him at 5:15 to eat. He was asleep again by 5:50.
  • I woke him at 8:15 after lying in bed for an hour wondering when he was going to start screaming.
  • He's had a great morning, and went down for his morning nap at 10:30. Here's a photo of the peaceful sleeper...

From October 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Newest Cornett

Jude's cousin, Brady Michael, was born yesterday afternoon. The boys got together for their first photo session this morning. Jude has a lot to tell Brady about the first two months of life!

From October 2008


Vacation? Are we crazy? I did ask myself this question several times in the last 2 weeks. Cornett and Company took our first official family road trip down to California and back. Are we worse for wear? I WILL say that we learned a lot about our baby boy on this trip.

Initially, we intended to see a few friends and family, boldly drive the highways and biways of America, and spend some time away from our house. We accomplished all of these goals easily. We also visited Crater Lake, Yosemite National Park, and played golf (twice). Having the chance to travel outside of the "normal" school schedule was a big plus. We beat the crowds, enjoyed the crisp fall air, and stopped along the way for nursing and plates of cheese and crackers.

But WHY do it with an INFANT? Hmm. That is a good one. Because we could? Because its there? Because we're trying to inculcate this boy into our culture of travel and life experience that he will never remember? We are both off of work, and hate to miss the opportunity to laugh and play. So laugh and play we did!

Yosemite could be the greatest of the national parks. I haven't seen Yellowstone, or Teton, or many others - but hear me out. It is at a gem like Yosemite Valley that the entire idea of preserving natural American treasures was born. John Muir sat around the fire on the valley floor with Teddy Roosevelt and they hammered out a plan for public funding and park ranger uniforms on the back of a cocktail napkin. This is where history was MADE, and it feels like it. Yosemite comes from an earlier time when men and women on horseback rode for days to see the waterfalls and rock formations they had only read about. And when they arrived? They dressed up for dinner, thankful that they could at least get a good cocktail and a medium rare hunk of bison. Some of them played golf, for gad's sake. The Wawona course was built there in 1918. And I played it. Poorly. But proudly.

Yosemite was impressive for its Sequoia trees and rock formations. Crater Lake was beautiful on the afternoon we stopped, cold and windy, and wild. Linden and I hiked to the top of a rock called the Watchman. Jude remained impassive, and asleep. After, we sat in a parking area along the rim and watched the sun go down as the boy had his dinner.

So Yosemite and Crater Lake were fantastic! but the bulk of our trip was really spent among friends and family in the fine city of San Francisco. More on that soon!

One more short anecdote. Jude became increasingly mistrustful of the carseat over time. We fed him, watered him, gave him short walks along the way, but he was on to us. Eventually we began referring to it as the "Hell Hole", and then (for propriety's sake) the "Hell-Heck Hole." But, as might be expected by people who actually know anything about children - eventually Jude got his revenge. We were driving a windy route down from Glacier Point in scenic Yosemite, when Jude dipped his hands down around his butt region and came up with something brown and sticky. Basically, we refer to this incident as a "blowout". I will never forget Linden muttering the words "What is this on your hands?" just before the screaming began. We pulled over on a narrow turnout and changed EVERTHING we could change. Except the car seat cover. We wiped it down the best we could. Eventually, we had no other recourse. He had to go back in. It was a warm day, and the drive through the central valley and into San Fran was only a few hours. But I think you can understand why we may have re-christened the car seat as "The Smell Hole!"
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Road Trip

We just returned from a 12-day road trip to Crater Lake, Yosemite, and San Francisco. The photos are here. We'll post some stories in the next week or so!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Seven Weeks Old

My weekly posts have fallen by the wayside between travel and general overscheduling. However, we have been taking lots of photos! The October album is located here. I'll include a few winners in this post...

From October 2008
Jude's first real smile for the camera...

From October 2008
At Fred and Alison's wedding...

From October 2008

Jude's favorite new game is to spit out the pacifier and then pick it up again...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Only Living Boy in New York

Last minute planning and unwarranted optimism led us to drag our dear child across the country to the fair state of New York on a family visit to round out our September. Jude was a perfect baby for both flights back and forth to JFK. He visited the traffic in Manhattan, the many-routed roads of Long Island, and the wilds of Easthampton. We even made a couple of trips through the Holland Tunnel - so check New Jersey off the list. Jude slept through it all.

Jude was a perfect gentleman to the flight attendants, the pilot, and everyone we met. He's such a charmer!

This was one of our best visits to the Big Apple, although we saw very few apples on this trip. It was kind of a whirlwind visit for crossing paths with family, enjoying the cool fall weather, and for E Ben to play a lot of golf.

Four generations - Jude! If only you had been a girl!
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