Well, the “have Patrick sleep in Alex’s room” experiment got called off after only two nights. Patrick caught a cold and didn’t sleep very well, so we brought him back into our room. We’ll probably try it again soon, maybe Patrick decides he’s ready to sleep longer at a stretch.
On the plus side, Alex hasn’t slept in his crib for nearly two weeks. There were a couple of times recently when we put him to bed when he was crabby and he asked to sleep in his crib, but he’s still wound up sleeping in his bed each night and each naptime. So I now think we’re officially ended the crib era for him. Now it’s just a matter of getting everybody in the house adjusted to Patrick sleeping in a different room.
The weather this past week has been quite lovely, sunny and cool. I think all of us who live in the Northwest get this funny feeling in September and October: Each sunny day may be your last, so you cherish each one. Last Sunday, when the sun came out in the afternoon, we took advantage of the nice weather and took Alex to the arboretum to feed the ducks.
For the most part, Alex had a great time. Every now and then the ducks would get a little too aggressive to get the food, which would scare him. I must admit, when I was surrounded by a few dozen ducks, I felt intimidated, too. So I can’t really blame Alex.
The week itself was uneventful. Friday, we took Alex to the playground. He gave me a ride on the merry-go-round. “I push you, Daddy,” he said.
This weekend, I learned a valuable lesson. If you take a couple of kids, put them in nice clothes, make sure they don’t have food smeared over their faces, and have good lighting, it’s nearly impossible to take a bad picture. I have 139 good pictures from Saturday morning. I’ll show you just two of them here. (There are two more in Flickr.)
Now, as I write this, it’s 12:05 AM Monday morning, and Patrick’s decided he wants to be wide awake, and Molly’s decided I get to watch over him. Hopefully this isn’t the start of a “nocturnal baby” phase. Anyway, I better stop typing as I have to start parenting…