Unfortunately because of my busy schedule I often don't get to see Cheetah awake. Its always wonderful to see him though. He sleep like an angel. I am having some trouble taking pictures of him with my new phone.
This is what he looks like in the morning without a flash.
This is what adding the flash did. Surprisingly he didn't wake up after this shot, just went back to sleep.
And this time I got it right. What is even better than seeing him asleep is seeing him awake. Sometimes when I get up I will find Cheetah lying quietly in his bed awake. As soon as he sees me he will flash one of his wonderful smiles and start dancing around in his crib. It is certainly the best way to start any day and it is sometimes very hard to go to work sometimes. I am also very happy that Cheetah lays around quietly and lets Jane sleep.
Recently I noticed that Cheetah has been gaining increasing control over his hands and has begun to use them on purpose. He can now feed himself after a fashion if we place food in his hands.
Its a bit messy and he often chomps on his hands as much as the cookie, but its the first time I've seen him do something for himself. He is a keen observer though and definitely is aware of his own self interest. He is very happy when he sees food or baby spoons coming his way.
At the same time he is also increasingly aware of food. He's eaten everything we've given him with gusto and has his sights on grown-up food. Last night Jane and I were enjoying some homemade beef stew. Cheetah spent the whole time looking at us making his Ah-Ah hungry sounds. Jane says she can't eat or drink anything without Cheetah wanting some. He is definitely learning.
Recently I didn't have to work last Saturday and was able to join Jane and Cheetah on an outing to the Augustus F. Hawkins Natural Park which is just down the road from us. I've been wanting to go since we moved here in 2002. "Twas April, not May, but a very nice outing it was indeed.
Cheetah wore a very jaunty striped outfit for the first time and the weather was perfect. We enjoyed meandering along the walking paths surrounded by native California vegetation. There was a sizable pond with a large number of turtles and ducks as well. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. This was the first time Cheetah has ever been to a park and the first time for me and Jane in years.