Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fine, hippies, I admit it

I really didn't mean to abandon this blog.  The thing is, I'm way behind on everything that requires two hands, and I always feel like if I do get a minute when both hands are free, I should be doing things like writing thank you notes or sweeping up cat hair.  Posting to my blog seems very self-indulgent somehow.

But here I am, with thank you notes yet to be written, indulging myself.  I won't try to sum up the first six weeks of parenting in one blog post.  It's magical, it's terrifying, it's boring, it's exhilarating, it's every cliche you've ever heard.  We believe our baby to be the sweetest and the best.  At his check-up the other day his pediatrician called him a smart baby, and while this is a ridiculous thing to say about a child this age and probably just meant that the doctor couldn't bring herself to call him cute, we are secretly convinced that she's right--he's a total genius.  Unfortunately, he is a genius with acid reflux, just like his old lady in the last two months of her pregnancy. This makes him understandably unhappy from time to time. He has been prescribed Zantac, also just like his old lady.  Heartburn sucks, ya'll.

Today for the first time we tried putting Soren in the wrap thingie and strolled up the street for a delicious brunch.  He was out like a light, a completely contented light, the entire time.  It was delightful.  Why did we wait so long to try the wrap thingie?  I don't know.  I think Mr. A and I both secretly distrusted our own origami skills.  I don't think we're the most hyper-worried first time parents around, but the wrap thingie comes with a really long instruction manual that is intimidating somehow.  We pictured him falling through our slopping folding techniques and splattering on the pavement.

But you know what?  He effing LOVES the wrap thingie--it is like a miracle shut-off switch for fussiness.  So fine, hippies, I admit it--you're right about everything.  Well, except for elimination communication.  (You may be right about that too but you'll never get me to admit it.)

And now, a couple of baby photos that have nothing to do with the wrap thingie.

12 comments:

Harriet said...

What a cutie!

Beth said...

Congratulations on surviving the first six weeks! I swear, I think it gets progressively easier, even though mobility and language present their own set of challenges. :) He's adorable... and while we enjoyed babywearing for a while... we still haven't attempted EC. Hehe :D

Brandy said...

Aw, you have the second-best baby! ;)

I'm not terribly surprised to hear about the reflux, lack of origami skills, or even the Magical Off-Switch that is baby-wearing--and I say this as the parent of a baby who hasn't stopped barfing since Day One and likes to be held all the time, though we settled on more structured carriers because I could NOT figure out the wrap, so you're clearly more talented than I!

"It's magical, it's terrifying, it's boring, it's exhilarating"--this is the best description of those first six weeks I've ever heard. Enjoy it! (I'm also jealous you've been able to concentrate on anything at all.)

wee davies said...

so great! you know, a le leche meeting can give you help with the reflux. ( and the wrappy thingie!)

Jennie said...

Dude, stylin' baby!!! Sounds like you guys are progressing in a contented fashion. Having the equivalent to a ufo land in the middle of your lives is a big thing, but sounds like you guys got it down pat!

Elizabeth said...

You know, in China, the vast majority of people use EC (hence the split pants you'll see on little ones). 1.3 billion people can't be wrong (not that I'd try it myself, to be honest...).

He's a darling boy!

librarianista said...

I've read that other cultures use EC. But do 1.3 billion people really spend all their time watching their babies to see if they are going to poop or pee, or do they just put the babies someplace where it doesn't matter? I spend almost all of my time watching my baby, and he's pretty discreet with the peeing. Also, he poops when he eats, which would be inconvenient for me without the diaper.

arajane said...

I just want to add, as someone who has also been to China, that the EC thing works so long as you don't mind baby pee and poop all over the street and even INDOORS. You know, in hospital hallways and trains and such. So yeah, it works great!

Also, Soren is insanely adorable.

Librarian Girl said...

Yay hippies! And yay cuteness.

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Lass said...

Awww...he is cute!! And I have no doubt that he is smart. If anyone makes noises about delayed thank you notes, tell them your internet friends are more important. :P

ThirdCat said...

I had never heard of elimination communication before. I'd stick with the diapers.

Gorgeous, gorgeous babe.