J has now figured out that baths are fun!!
We gave him his bath tonight, and he played happily in the tub. It was his first time in the "big tub", as opposed to his smaller sized baby bathtub. He is big enough now and has enough upper body control to be in the larger tub. So we put his tub sling in there and gave him a nice bubble bath, complete with a little rubber ducky for him to play with. He smiled and played happily, kicking his little feet about merrily. There were no tears at all. (We got pictures. I'll post them ... hopefully tomorrow.)
Then we wrapped him in his little hooded towel, gave him his massage, got him dressed in a nice warm sleeper, fed him, gave him his vitamin drops, read him a story from the treasured "Little Bear" book, and put him to bed.
Also on the subject of "Eureka!":
This morning, J ate nearly all of his cereal!!
I have figured out that at least part of the problem is that my baby wants to exercise his independence and feed himself, rather than having us do it for him. So I put the cereal on his little plastic spoon and gave it to him to play with, and he promptly put it in his mouth and ate it. I kept doing it this way. He missed his mouth a few times, but yes, he successfully fed himself most of his breakfast.
Whatever works, I suppose.
Late. Tired now. Everyone else is asleep. No more school work tonight. Bed. zzzzzzz...