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We usually move to the boat for at least a few weeks each year (as opposed to spending the weekends there like we've been doing this year). We've been staying there since Thursday of last week with intentions to stay through next weekend. It's been going great. Atticus drove us to dinner on Saturday night. :)
Here's another shot with me just to prove that he does usually wear a life jacket.
I've had a couple people ask how we sleep on the boat. I imagine in their head we must be sleeping on a pontoon boat in a tent or something. :)
We have a 41' Chris Craft with two state rooms (bedrooms), two heads (bathrooms), a galley (kitchen), and a saloon (living room). Atticus' pack and play has too large of a footprint to fit in the guest stateroom, so its set up in the saloon. We do plan to encourage him to sleep in the bed as soon as possible so we can regain use of the living area on the boat, but he's just not ready yet. Michael and I sleep in the master stateroom as usual.
Staying on the boat is nice because I can put Atticus to bed, take a walkie talkie (noise activated on his end), and go socialize in the club house only 200 or so feet away. Well, it's nice for now. He can't stand up or get out of his pack and play, so there's not danger of him falling in the lake. We'll cross the mobile bridge when we come to it.
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on my blog yet, but we are teaching Atticus sign language. We have a hearing impaired acquaintance, and although I know the ASL alphabet, it's time consuming to communicate with it. Michael is bilingual (English and Japanese - he was an exchange student in Japan). I am not. I would like to be, and I'd like for Atticus to be able to communicate with us long before he's able to vocally do so. So? American Sign Language it is.
We've been watching Baby Signing Time, Vol. 1 for a couple days now. Obviously, Atticus hasn't signed anything to me yet, but he is VERY interested in watching it. Rachel Coleman, the personality and creator of Signing Time, rides the fine line between obnoxious and entertaining. She does a wonderful job, and Atticus eats it up with a spoon. After watching the DVD just one time, I knew and could use:
eat, drink, water, cereal, cracker, milk, banana, juice, all done, mom, grandma, dad, grandpa, hurt, where, more, dog, cat, horse, bird, fish, diaper
The songs are incredibly easy but catchy, so it's easy to learn.
From a book, I had also learned boat, bath, book, and nurse/breastmilk.
Anyway, we are signing to Atticus when we remember with the hope that in a few months, he'll sign back. :)
That's what we were up to this weekend.