Aleck and I joined Tom on a business trip to Auburn, AL. Auburn is less than 2 hours from Oxford, where Tom's parents live, so we got to see Nana, Papaw, Aunt Joy, Aunt Cathy, Molly, Uncle Steve and Uncle Mike. Aleck discovered that Nana is an excellent cook. He would have nothing to do with baby food after he had a taste of her homemade potato soup.
Nana was in heaven when Aleck fell asleep because that is the only time he sits still long enough for anyone to hold him.
Since we didn't have a babysitter in Auburn, we took AJ to a really nice restaurant in Auburn to have dinner with Tom's business associate. When we walked into the restaurant, we realized that this was not the type of restaurant to which you take a 9 month old. Thankfully, AJ was on his best behavior and everybody loved him.
Aleck is now consistently taking 6 to 8 steps before plopping down. He climbed an entire flight of stairs twice. Of course, Tom was right behind him holding on.