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In the Big Quicks

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Well, we made it here. We have been in Grand Rapids for about two weeks now. The move went well, thanks to a lot of help from Bryn, Alissa, Matt, and some friends at both ends of the move. We have some friends from Illinois who moved to Grand Rapids a few weeks before us, so they showed up to help too.

Alissa, Matt, and Bryn helped us unpack and the place was fairly livable within a few days. Things still aren’t totally unpacked (especially bike and tool stuff in the basement), but the upstairs feels something like home. We really like the new house, especially because Felix has his own bedroom, which means that we sleep lots better.

The big announcement is that we discovered that we have a real baby, not just a screaming machine. He was pretty good during the trip to Utah and was quite good (and slept a ton) in Oregon, and then when we got back to Illinois, he was terrible. About three days before the move, he started acting like an angel and he was great through the whole move. He has been smiling a lot more, kicking his legs to roll over onto his side, making all kinds of noises, and even giggling occasionally.

BUT…, the Saturday before school started, he reverted to his old ways and was horrible. We think he was going through a growth spurt because he was only sleeping 2 or 3 hours at a time at night. The first few days of classes, he barely let us sleep at all and on the first day I was gone all day on campus (I was gone from about 8:00 a.m. until 10:45 p.m.) he was really bad. Like this:
IMGP2031… again…

But we think that he’s back to being a real baby. Yesterday was a good day and last night, he slept from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. without waking up, then he woke up to eat and be changed, and went back to bed and was still asleep when I left for work at about 8:45.

Grand Rapids is nice and has some really beautiful things. We just discovered that we live really close to the White Pine Trail, which goes along the river here and then extends for 100 miles to the north. Here is a view from the trail near our house (i just found this online, the trees have leaves right now)

My bicycle commute is kicking my butt, but maybe I’m getting in better shape.

And, now for some pictures (mostly of Felix) :


At the Oregon Coast. His first trip to the ocean.



We have some music that really soothes him. In fact, sometimes it just knocks him out. During our trip, we started resorting to using my headphones to keep him calm during drives. Now they’re a regular parenting tool. I’ll try to remember to put up a small mp3 of his music.


Okay, sometimes he might not be calmed by it. Here he’s rockin’ out.



When we were putting a onesie on him, he suddenly looked like a little lamb.


He’s getting really good at holding his head up now. This was early in his progress.


Written by rapidgrowth

28 August, 2008 at 3:26 pm

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  1. i LOVE the little lamb picture. baaa.


    28 August, 2008 at 6:27 pm

  2. Thanks for the really cute pictures of Felix! He does look exactly like a real baby–I am glad you seem to be getting over the hurdle. Nice pictures of Grand Rapids, too. The trail sounds really great.


    28 August, 2008 at 10:19 pm

  3. What great pictures! I’m glad that he’s gone back to sleeping well. 🙂 My favorite picture is the “rockin out” pic with the headphones. Early hearing loss? Hope work is going well, and home life, too!


    13 September, 2008 at 11:17 am

  4. More!


    15 September, 2008 at 6:38 pm

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