Audra and Rob have a son, Carter, very close to James's age. James is about 12.5 months old and Carter is 10.5 months old. Carter isn't walking yet, but he's crawling and pulling up a lot. We figured with the age, weight, and mobility advantage, we'd have to protect Carter a little. At first they played pretty easily and we were pleasantly surprised. Then, sweet little harmless Carter started making some loud babbling noises that would regularly reduce James to tears. Full on tears, streaming down his face. Carter didn't understand what the problem was- why wouldn't his buddy James play anymore? Actually, none of us understood. James has been pushed around by bigger kids with no problem, but a little noise, and he was beside himself.
James and Carter playing together-ish
Starting a xylophone and maracas band
Carter is inspired to try walking with James around
Rob and Audra were super awesome hosts. Their house is beautiful, and Audra made us a delicious casserole for lunch. We played with the babies all afternoon and in the evening we went out to a cute Mexican place which was kid-friendly. Well, kid-friendly for charming babies like Carter, but not so James-friendly since James hates sitting and his parent's happiness.
Bad baby James versus good baby Carter
At the restaurant- We're smiling, but inside we're crying a little
When we returned it was bathtime and bedtime! My favorite part of the day! After they went to bed we got to relax and enjoy some good beer Rob bought. Though I usually run to bed as early as possible these days I lingered to an almost respectable weekend bedtime because I was having a good time.
Carter is really cute! He's got Audra's eyes with Rob's color.