Sunday, September 07, 2008

Silver Falls Without Crawling

My wife, Smiley, and I went to Silver Falls State Park for three days, staying in one of the cabins Thursday through Saturday.

On Saturday Smiley turned five months old. (Today is his 22 week birthday.) He took his first real sequence of crawling steps with all four limbs. He also began eating rice cereal fairly well, as opposed to earlier when he only used it to blow bubbles. We plan to take one more family camping trip this month but it will be much different having a baby who does not stay put.

Sleeping bags are much softer than carpet. Our sleeping bags are a pair that can zip together to make one big one. They were a wedding gift from my Aunt Sue.

Smiley also discovered that he can "crawl" easier on the sleeping bags by gripping with his hands and pulling himself forward.

Here is the makeshift crib we made for him in the cabin's lower bunk bed.

The park has ten large waterfalls. Lower North Falls is one of the least dramatic, but we stopped to give Smiley a snack and so took a picture.

Than another family came along the trail, so we got a rare photograph with all three of us in it!

Smiley is a baby who normally loves water. We were surprised he did not like wading in the river above South Falls.

At a picnic he took his first real crawling step sequence, tucking legs up and then moving hands forward. He tried a second time but only managed to fall forward instead of advancing his hands again.

Grass is fun.

When we got home he was so happy to be in his gazebo again. This was the first time I have seen him really hugging and cuddling a toy (his plush otter) although I suppose it is really no different from his using his Taggies book as a pillow except that we adults anthropomorphize a plush animal more than the a plush book.

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