But the biggest events for Jack this September were his trips to Albany and Knoxville – his first really long distance trips.
Early in the month, we traveled south to visit Ann's long-time friend Haley and her new twins, Savannah and Mason. It was Jack's first real opportunity to socialize with other babies. He took an immediate interest in the twins and even grabbed little Savannah's hand. But, best of all, it was Jack's first chance to go swimming. Sadly, it was also Jack's first chance to join a crying-baby chorus – a sound that haunts JD to this day.
Later in the month, we traveled north to Knoxville to visit JD and Ann's college friends Amy and Travis. Turns out they love babies – as evidenced by a weekend of photographs that include only one of Ann and another with JD's foot. But Jack did get to go to the Knoxville Greek festival – something he appreciated more, no doubt, a few days later when he was able to enjoy baklava-flavored milk.
But perhaps JD's favorite trip with Jack was an early morning adventure to find gas. At the height of September's fuel shortage (thanks, Sonny!), and with but a few spare fumes left in his tank, JD packed up Jack and went hunting for one of the few stations actually selling petrol at wallet-gouging rates. Why, ask you, would a father take his baby boy out with him in a car short of gas, with no certain destination at which to fuel up? Why risk getting stranded on the side of the road with an 6-month old? Sympathy. No one is going to slow down a pick up a thirty-something man with a gas can. But a thirty-something man with a crying baby.... now that's a different story...
So, some firsts (and lasts) from Jack's sixth month:
- Long-distance trips!
- Gas lines!
- Rolling from one point to another (on purpose).
- His last sit in the boppy bouncer – he's a little too heavy, and a lot too mobile, to keep using it. On to the swing!
- His first presidential debate.
- His first (plastic) and second (wooden) high chairs.
- His first (Knoxville) and second (Atlanta) Greek festivals.
Enjoy some pics from Jack's sixth month:
Jack and his GrandMary greeting Ann after work
JD and Jack chillin' by the pool
Jack in his stylish pool attire
Jack and Savannah
Jack and Mason
Jack contemplates his thumb at the Knoxville Greek Festival
Like all rock stars, Jack ended the day on the floor covered in his own drool
Jack and Travis playing on the floor
Jack watching the McCain-Obama debate
We got a good laugh out of it, too
Jack and Ann playing on the floor