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Exploring the science museum

Forest’s cousin Zane’s Birthday party was very fun today at the science museum.  Forest especially liked the water exhibit in the childrens’ area.

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At first I thought, “there’s no need to wear those plastic aprons they provide. He’ll just be putting his hands in the water.” How wrong I was, He managed to get completely wet. Luckily I had a change of clothes packed.

Zane, the birthday boy brought his mommy Cheryl (Forest’s cousin, but we call her Aunt Cheryl).  Suzi, Zane’s aunt and Forest’s cousin (although we call her Aunt Suzi), was there.  Mommy’s new great-great-nephew Caleb was there with mommy Rebekah and Rebekah’s friend Leah.  Not sure what Caleb’s relationship to Forest is, but it must be some kind of cousin.

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Leah, Rebekah’s friend, is on the left. Rebekah is holding newborn Caleb who is 2 weeks and 5 days old.

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Debbie is Caleb’s great-grandmother. I also might mention that Debbie knitted a beautiful baby blanket for Forest with colors taken from forests and rivers!

Forest climbed on these risers and fell.  His nose bled very slightly, but he is apparently fine.

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Here are the risers that I used to play on at the Omniplex when I was a kid. I thought he was doing better climbing, so I wasn’t right under him. But he wasn’t looking where he was going (distracted by many exciting happenings in that big area), and he fell. Nose appears to be undamaged, although there was a small amount of blood.

Then Mommy and Forest ate Mexican food in Oklahoma City before heading home to Shawnee.  We made a very big mess at the table.  I did not take a picture of the destruction.

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rambling thoughts & labor day weekend recap

Today we discovered a fun game.  Forest makes various squawks, baby grunts and groans, and other cooing noises. When I imitated his noise, he would look at me, smile and laugh.  I think he is much louder (sometimes piercingly loud) when he’s overtired and/or teething, both of which happen pretty often.

I had to work at the library for several hours today because of a flood caused by a failed HVAC unit, so I didn’t get quite as much weekend baby time as usual.  But I’m really enjoying the time I do have with him.

Forest has quite a wild approach to nursing when he is overtired and more distractible than usual.  I told Donald that it’s like nursing a monkey-octopus.  He wiggles, kicks very hard, repeatedly, and repeatedly detaches and re-attaches, often pulling away with a very rough breaking of the suction.  I can’t help myself from laughing sometimes, because he is just so wound up it is kind of cute.  Sometimes he ends the nursing session by partially falling asleep and biting which can be quite painful.  But more often he’ll fall asleep nursing following about 30 minutes of what we call sleep-nursing which is very sweet–he seems so peaceful and content when he sleep-nurses.

Aunt Evelyn and Cousin Arianna playing with Forest at the YMCA over Labor Day Weekend

My father-in-law, my sister-in-law Evelyn, and my niece Arianna came to visit last weekend over the holiday weekend.  Evelyn and I took the kids to the YMCA water park.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  I intend to go back often.  I am a longtime YMCA member, but this is the first time I visited the Y since Forest was born.

Mommy, Forest, and Cousin Arianna at the YMCA pool over Labor Day weekend

I’m also hoping to do a mommy & baby water class if I take off on Friday and work Saturday instead sometimes.  Maybe eventually I can get back into yoga.  I really miss the yoga instructor at the Edmond YMCA–she is wonderful.

Charles and Evelyn watched Forest on Sunday while Donald and I went on a birding trip and lunch.  Even though this outing included recycling and grocery shopping, it was as close to a date as we’ve gotten in six+ months, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

When we came home, my father-in-law announced that all had gone well, except for one tantrum on the way home from a walk, and that Forest had been climbing the tree.  Although I was initially horrified, Charles did know what he was doing.  After all, he managed to raise five children quite successfully.  When I expressed my initial surprise that he put our six-month old in the tree, my father-in-law said, “Well, you know, if you have five or six children it doesn’t matter so much if you lose a couple here or there.”  Have I mentioned that my father-in-law is incorrigible and often hysterically funny?

Forest’s first overnight trip

On Saturday, August 14th, we took Forest to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, OK.  Forest seemed unsettled and scared about being away from familiar surroundings during his bedtime, but we all did get some sleep that night in the hotel, and Forest was ready for new adventures in the morning.

Forest got to hike down the path to Antelope and Buffalo Springs in a backpack on Daddy’s back:

Forest on his first hike in the backpack.

We walked down the path to the springs, and I held Forest in my arms for a nice long (needed) nap at Buffalo Springs while Daddy photographed dragonflies, lizards, and birds.

Mommy holding Forest after his lunch at Buffalo Springs.

Later, we went to Veterans’ Lake, ate a late picnic lunch, and Forest played on a blanket in the picnic shelter overlooking the lake.  There were tons of Yellow Warblers in the trees near the picnic shelter, and it was nice to watch them while we played with Forest.  Forest took his first ever brief dip in the lake (skinnydipping), and he enjoyed splashing and kicking in the water.

Forest’s big day

Forest went with mommy to Midwest City / Oklahoma City to meet her girlfriends for ladies’ night out.  We ate at the Golden Palace restaurant, then went shopping at Penn Square Mall.

Bobbi holding Forest at the restaurant

Lisa holding Forest at the restaurant. She did a jitterbug dance with him later.

I walked around the mall with Forest in his sling part of the time, and everyone was commenting on how funny it was that he was folded kind of in half where his feet were up near his face, and one foot was sticking out of the sling since he is such a long baby.  I didn’t get pictures of me carrying him in the sling, as I have tended to be the person behind the camera lately, but I will ask Donald to take some sling pictures soon to document how large he looks in the sling at this age.  People were also surprised about how heavy his was already.  He already weighs something over 19 pounds, I think, at five months old.

Forest was pretty happy at the restaurant and had a nap on the way to the mall.  We met Malinda and her family at the mall, and shortly after all the Douglases held him, Forest realized it was time for a nap and started fussing loudly, which is how he often gets ready to fall asleep.

Malinda and David held Forest at the mall before his very impressively loud, pre-nap fussing performance.

  After I drove back to Shawnee and nursed Forest, I pumped some extra milk to mix with rice cereal.  Donald fed Forest his first ever solid food on his 5 month birthday!

Daddy is feeding Forest his first ever solid food, rice cereal, mixed with breast milk.

San Diego family visited Forest

I was so happy that my brother, his wife and my 11-year old nephew were able to travel from San Diego for a nice, albeit too short visit.  Forest particularly enjoyed playing with my brother Walter.

Uncle Walter and Forest

Walter taught Forest some new words, such as “merp!” and “ploopy.”

Walter teaching Forest the word, "ploopy"

We went to a local restaurant for lunch on Saturday, and Forest seemed to enjoy the ambience, especially since it included entertainment by Uncle Walter.

at the Benedict Street Marketplace restaurant in Shawnee

On Saturday afternoon, we got ready to go swimming at the municipal pool.  Forest is wearing his first ever swimming diaper.  Forest and Walter had some time to kill while waiting for others to get ready, so they had a chat about important plans for the future.

Forest receives advice on creating mayhem.

 

Boru’s Ghost at the Tecumseh Public Library & Forest’s First Contact with “The Law”

Tonight, Forest, Donald and I went to a very nice outdoor concert of a local, Celtic band, Boru’s Ghost.  I worked at Metro Library with one of the band members and we contra dance with the drummer and his wife.  The library staff did a great job of hosting the band in a park outside the library, and the Friends of the Tecumseh Library paid for the concert.

Forest really loved hearing the music and being outside.  He is sometimes a bit fussy off and on in the evenings, but he was so enthralled with the experience that he forgot to fuss!

I work with the Tecumseh library, and it was fun showing Forest off to my colleagues.  We got to meet another baby, Brentley, the grandson of the branch manager.  Brentley was born just one week after Forest.

On the way home, we got pulled over for having a headlight out, but Forest slept through his entire first contact with The Law.

Joy

simple pleasures I never fully understood before Forest:

  1. walking with the baby in a ring-sling on a lovely spring day
  2. bathing the baby
  3. singing lullabies while rocking the baby to sleep
  4. having a mutual smile-fest
I’m definitely experiencing more challenges than I imagined, but also so much more joy than I could have possibly imagined.  I’m feeling very alive.