Triton Jaune 5 months

Shazam...suddenly he's 5 months old. And looking more and more grown up! 

For comparison, here is Papillon at 5 Months (and yes, Triton does that same lip-thing that Papillon is doing in the final picture).  And here is Hibou at 5 months.  They all look alike, but Triton is definitely favoring a resemblance to Papillon.
At 5 months, Triton... really long. I don't have his measurements, but he is definitely a tall boy.  We'll find out at 6months just how tall, but for now, he's solidly in 6 month clothes....except for footed pajamas which I really need to switch to 9 month, because we're really stretching them out.

....goes to bed around 8. Gets up anywhere between 6 and 7:30.  Most nights he has 2 snacks in between that, and goes right back down. Though there are some nights when he wakes up in the dead of nights convinced that it's morning. You can tell because he wakes up talking happily. That's never a good sign. That means you can try and put him back down, but he just wants to play and be held!  Fortunately this is not the norm, and hopefully that will start happening less and less. 

...naps...sometimes. Haha. We're in a 20-minute nap stage. So we try and get at least 3 in.  Some times he gives me one longer nap (say 45 mins to an hour).  Still his best naps happen when he's laying on the sofa and life keeps going on around him. The quiet of his bedroom is apparently not his favorite. exclusively breastfed still and shows zero signs of being interested in food. Except that he gnaws on his fist all the time, but I think that's more a teething thing. 

...doesnt have any teeth yet, but they must be coming! He slobbers like crazy and chews (hard!) on everything. a very social little boy. He loves to watch what people are doing and prefers there to be a fairly high level of activity around him. Sometimes when he's upset, Papillon will dance for him and, oddly enough, it works. As long as she keeps dancing in front of him, he's happy. very smiley and loves to laugh. We've recently found his tickle spots. One night it was right in the middle of his belly. He was like the Pilsbury Dough Boy; poke his belly, and he cracked up. 

...does have some very very very crabby afternoons. I usually blame gas. It generally strikes in the afternoon and it makes him inconsolable. No nursing, entertaining, etc will soothe him. Poor chap. I'm trying to figure out if his gas is linked to something I eat. But to no avail so far.

He's such a cute and we love him to pieces!

(Even when sleeping is rough....)

Duck ponds

Around this time of year when it's getting cold and predictions are for it to be really cold for a really long time, it's important to seize every day where it's moderately nice and get out of the house.  One particularly warm day earlier this month, the desire to get out led us to the duck ponds. Where the ducks were a little extra bold that day...

After feeding the ducks for a time we walked around the ponds an found some trees to pose with.

Then we sat by the bridge and stirred the stream with a stick for a bit

Triton slept through it all. But the fresh air did us all a lot of good!


Now that Christmas has come and gone, let's jot down a few thanksgiving memories before the year slips away.

Here are three of the things for which I am very thankful. (Note triton's dapper suspenders)

Uncle E got some time off from the Navy so we got to see him for the first time in a year and he got to meet Triton!
This year we all convened at my grandmothers house for thanksgiving. It was really nice to be there since that is where the thanksgivings of my childhood took place and it had been many years since we had been there.

Mon amour and I were in charge of the food and I think our turkey was the best yet! It was brined, rubbed in butter and cooked "spatchcocked" which allowed us to cook it quite fast at a fairly high temperature. This resulted in an incredibly juicy and flavorful turkey. So tasty!

Triton fell asleep shortly after we started eating and slept on my lap for a couple hours.

Papillon waiting for pie and ice cream.

Watching a few videos on the phone after dinner.

After dinner we drove up to a park near Nannie's house to look around for a bit. Traditionally we would walk to this particular place on thanksgiving but driving was just as good. We took some pictures, threw some rocks in the river, etc.

The day after thanksgiving we did a little family adventure in our neck of the woods. Beginning with the Science Center and ending up at our house for lunch and such. 

Uncle Erik and the girls played a little Candy Land.

And also read a few books.

A lovely Thanskgiving all around!