Long time, no blog. Got to get back into the writing swing. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to.
Leslie and Garrett came for a visit over the Labor Day weekend and we were really glad to see them. They were eager to meet Bean and I think he was pretty excited to put a face to the voice he’d heard on so many early morning runs. By the time they arrived Toad and Bean were settling into a nice breastfeeding groove, so everyone (read me) was calm and rested. The weather was beautiful and the six of us got outside for some good walks. On the last night of their visit we were able to go out to our favorite happy cow burger joint and the Grabs (and Bean actually) loved the place just as much as we do. We had some good local beer, fried pickles, burgers and fries all while Bean slept soundly in his bucket. Happy Momma.
Although we are both thrilled with the way that Baker has been handling the changes around here, it hasn’t been easy. We’ve seen some evidence of jealousy and a few surprise break-ins to trash cans and the changing table drawers when the three of us have left him in the house alone. This is another reason why the Grabs’ visit was so fabulous. Baker got lots and lots of attention from his old buddy Garrett. They had a number of deep and meaningful conversations like the one captured below. Good times.
Also during their visit, Bean had his first photo shoot. The father of a friend of ours is an amazing photographer and he came to our house to take some shots of the newborn Bean. What a hoot that whole experience was. Getting a picture with open eyes in which the boy didn’t look like a manic orchestra conductor was not an easy task. Happily, the photographer was super patient and Les and Garrett were available to walk the nosy/take a picture of me! Baker. After more than an hour of diaper changing, baby jostling, and change rattling, I think we got some keepers.
Gran and Pops arrived for a spend the night party on Wednesday afternoon. Bean has been opening his eyes and being awake for longer stretches and his grandparents definitely enjoyed getting to see those big blue eyes. Although our air mattress has not lived up to the expectations I had for it, Pops didn’t quite make it all the way to floor level by morning. Overall, the visit was a fun one.
When we haven’t been playing with our friends, changing diapers, washing clothes, feeding Bean, going for walks or sleeping, we have been watching the US Open. This is a surprising development for me as I know nothing about the game. Nothing. After watching faithfully for the last little bit, I think I not only sort-of understand the game, but like it. I REALLY like this guy:
If you don’t know him, this is Raphael Nadal. It might not be the greatest “tennis champion” shot, but it shows what I like about the guy. Yes, he is an excellent athlete but he also really seems to be a good guy. Don’t you think there is a sweetness about his face? He seems to be both hardworking and respectful of his opponents. I think the guy is a good role model for my son.
I’ll leave you with a lovely picture of my three favorite people.