October 09, 2006


At the pediatrician's office today, Elliot weighed in at 8.15 oz. Said weight gain was pronounced "phenomenal" by the pediatrician, and he is not a man who is given to superlatives. So we are feeling pleased with ourselves around here! Yes we are.

The benefits of this weight gain are definitely showing, and not just in E's double chin. First and foremost, now that he is over 8 lbs he has the official go ahead to begin traveling in his baby bjorn. I am extremely pleased about this, as pushing a stroller makes me feel weirder than any other part of parenting thus far. As if this weren't enough, Elliot is definitely much more able to make eye contact. Also, a couple of times now when ready to eat, he's quelled his hunger by actually getting a fist into his mouth and fitfully sucking on it.* Clearly, he is exceedingly dextrous.

The next excitement for the week is that it is going to get cold; it might even snow. And if my primary new mother anxieties circle around milkmilkmilk, my secondary new mother anxieties circle around coldcoldcold. Because how do you know if a baby is cold? And what do you do about it if he is? I'm constantly adding or removing layers, and getting caught outside without a thick enough blanket, and dithering about what he should sleep in since babies aren't supposed to have blankets now and are those fleecy sleepsacks really warm enough? One hopes so.

The good news is that Elliot is pretty great. The feeding thing has been more or less miserable, and the cold thing I'm sure will be a nagging concern forever. But he's so nice and sweet spirited and attentive.

Just now he is waking and starting to rumble a bit. He sends his hellos.


*Julia, I know you will read this, and I must say for at least your sake that Elliot's fist-sucking always reminds me of Mary Rowlandson's puritan-era captivity narrative and her description of "slabbering" over a horse hoof when she has nothing else to eat.


Amy E said...

Use the elephant blanket!!!

What does that sentence mean about "now babies aren't supposed to have blankets"? Since when? Babies have had blankets since the dawn of mankind. I've never heard of blankets causing problems. The thought a child being raised without soft warm wrappings makes me cringe. Blankets are one of the best things in the world. Warm is safe; warm is good. What kind of baby could survive without warm suvvies?

Anonymous said...

i am howling over elliot's alleged slabbering. please remind yourself that it is 2006, not 1678; it is october, not february/march; you've got milk; so there's no need to worry about whether you can scratch up enough ground nuts and "pease" for elliot, much less rationalize the kashreet of horse liver; and, most significant, if you're cold, the baby is cold. . .which is how a new mamma learns when to cover her babe (i read this in the hateful WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING, the same book that alleges that if you eat a chocolate chip cookie while pregnant, you are KILLING YOUR BABY...something the puritans NEVER fathomed, i'm sure, since they were in this world but not of it. . . )
Miss j

Henrie family said...

It must be a mom thing to worry about cold. Aidan was born at 36 weeks in November. Jason always thought I was over dressing him.

Anyway, I feel the hands to see how cold they are. If only the skin is cold, but the underlying tissue is warm then I do not add layers. If the hand is cold all the way through, then it is time to add.

I just read that babies sleep in a spread eagle position when they are too warm. I have seen both of my kids do this, so maybe Jason is right.