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Driving Mr. Baby

Driving around late at night in an attempt to get your overtired infant to sleep gives you a lot of time to think. Finn had a rough go of it last night and would not settle down and go to sleep, so at 9 pm I set out with him in the Green Peanut and circumnavigated San Jose.
Have our lives changed since having a baby? Absolutely yes. Do we love Finn more than we could have imagined? Again, absolutely yes. Are we resentful that we will be sleep deprived for many years to come? Of course. But I remember that he’s just an infant, and John and I have the unfair experience and advantage of leading scheduled, planned, and rational lives–something that tiny Finn can’t even begin to comprehend yet. And I also know now about some things that change inside you when you become a mother–the mama tiger comes out and you’d do anything to protect your child from harm, pain, green meanies, and sickness. So even while you’re hating the fact that you’re ineffably tired and you’re stuck in the car, driving around endlessly so your kid will sleep, you do it because you love him and you want him to be ok. And then when you get home and he stays asleep for a stretch of 3.5 hours, you feel a little better for everyone involved.

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Weighing in, Wise Sisters, and….

I had one more “W” but I haven’t slept in days, so I’m a little dotty!
Finn had his one-month check up today at the pediatrician. After a few recent days of lots of spit up, sleeplessness, and rowliness after feedings, we asked the doc if there might be something wrong. She checked him out and he has a bit of acid reflux, which is irritating his throat and esophagus. At least we now know that there’s a reason for his discomfort, which we are (frustratingly) not able to do much about. We will give him zantac to help reduce his stomach acid, and try to keep him more upright after feedings to help gravity keep the food down. Hopefully within a few days his throat will be feeling better. I’ll also be trying to feed him a bit less than I have been, because he seems to have been taking in more than he could actually stomach.
That maybe why he–drumroll please–weighed in at 12 lbs 1 oz today! That’s a gain of almost 3 lbs in one month. He’s also up to 23 inches already! So he’s definitely growing and thriving, which we’re really happy about.
Many thanks to my wonderful, wise sister, who counseled a freaked-out and frayed me over the phone late last night and suggested that Finn might have reflux, based on her experience w/ her own son. She was right on the money and was a really welcome voice of calm reason when I called. Thank god for sisters who’ve been down the “new mom” road before.

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Hanging with the GP’s L, plus a few portraits

You know, when it gets to be 6:30am and you haven’t managed to sleep all night, it just might be time to write off the idea and get ready for work. 🙂 (The Finn-man played a role in the current state of affairs, but so did my being wired with all kind of exciting work stuff unfolding now.)
The Liggetts headed home on Monday, but before they left we were able to grab a few shots with them, and to capture Finn and Margot in some nice light. In a couple of images he’s decked out in his little “Peanut” shirt from cousins Alicia, Fito, and Alejandro.

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Waking and Walking

Finn is getting bigger and more interesting by the day. He’s packing on the oz’s and he’s spending a lot more time awake than just a couple weeks ago. When he’s awake, he spends a lot of time looking around, tracking shapes and faces, and trying to figure out if those little hands that are waving around belong to him. Most of the time he is really calm, and seems to enjoy sitting on the front porch with me, watching the world go by.
Today I tried out a new sling so I could wear him on my chest and walk around hands-free. He really dug it–fell asleep and didn’t make a sound for about an hour as I walked down to the coffee shop and back. Being hands-free is really a luxury–it feels like I spend about 98% of my time holding him. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it really hampers my ability to do anything else (like eat lunch!).
We are visiting the pediatrician on Thursday for our 1-month checkup. I can’t wait to find out how much he weighs! He’s a thirsty kid and seems to be thriving, which makes us very happy.

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“Peety Weety”

Greetings from a very, very dark room where the Finnfatha is dozing while Margot catches a late-evening shower. We’ve had a nice week with the Liggetts in town, helping enormously as I’ve made the transition back to working full time. I should have a few more pics to share soon, but this whole making-a-living thing kind of cramps my photographic & blogging style. 😉
Before my folks headed back to Illinois, my dad reminded me of some silliness I hadn’t heard in years. Instead of the traditional “This little piggy…” routine, his aunt used to get after his feet with a different approach. She’d start with the baby toe, calling them out by name & building up the drama:

“Peety Weety…
Polly Lutey…
Lady Thistle…
Lotty Thostle…
And a Great Big Domendite!!

Heh heh–nice n’ bizarre, eh? 🙂
In any case, we had fun today “Documenting the Domendites” via a little kit given to us by Margot’s friend Janine.

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Easter Photos

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone. Here’s hoping that this message finds you well. We all had a wonderful day with both sets of grandparents on hand, putting up with the in-house paparazzo (me, of course). Here are the festivities.
The Nacks are winging their way home early tomorrow morning, while the Liggetts will be here for another week, helping to ease the transition as I return to work.

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Meeting “The Jeeps L”

Today Mr. & Mrs. Liggett flew into town & were promptly introduced to our young amigo (Grandson III for them). We’ve rapidly shortened their handle from “Grandparents Liggett” to “GP’s L” to just “Jeeps L.” 🙂
Finn’s been a bit fussy today & especially this evening, but I do believe I caught him giving his grandpa a little smile…!
It’s great having everybody on hand, and we’re looking forward to a great Easter feast tomorrow.

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Sleepy times

People often ask whether I miss my cat (sent to live with my folks due to Margot’s allergies). Nah: now we have another warm little companion who sleeps 20 hours a day, popping up just occasionally to eat & flip out. 🙂 Here he is with his dad & Grandpa Nack. (Watch for his little bicep-kiss!)

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Like father, like son?

We’ve chosen a shamrock theme for Finn’s blog, but from the looks of the image below, he might rather imitate his dad’s blog. 😉

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Meeting the Nack Grandparents

Finn’s Grandma Nack (!) arrived on Tuesday, and his Grandpa Nack (!) joined us yesterday. So far it’s been great to introduce them to the little dude & to talk a walk, though he’s been somewhat fussy. (Right now Margot is dancing with him, singing a little Nada Surf song (something about Finn having “a party in his diaper”), and that seems to be working.) Here are some photos of the visit so far.

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Photos St. Patrick's Day

Finny Go Bragh

Hey everyone–Happy St. Paddy’s Day! The wee man has of course gotten into the spirit of the day, thanks especially to a very cute out from our neighbors Kristin and Steve. He actually got a little too into the spirit, pounding drinks last night and then coating himself in puke (too much info, I know, but I couldn’t resist ;-P)).

Update: See also the very funny “Stuff White People Like” post about the holiday.

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Miscellaneous

Plans for Finnland

We look forward to li’l Finn gaining the power of locomotion (well, we think we do…), at which point we’ll convert our basement to “Finnland.” Maybe at that point we’ll invest in things like an awesome kiddie Skullcave (a mere 2000 Kroners). 🙂 (Who comes up with this stuff?)

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Walking with Alethea

We’re having fun hanging with our pal Alethea, introducing her to Finn and letting her take on some of the “honeydo” tasks that I’ve been shouldering. (3am shushing remains my gig, however. ;-P) Yesterday we all went for a walk while I put the “papa” back in paparazzo.

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Miscellaneous

1,883,000,000

That, apparently, is the number of blood cells that the Cord Blood Registry was able to capture from our young master’s U-cord. (The idea is that the stem cells in that blood can be used later in life if medical needs arise.) Apparently the registry was hoping for at least 100M cells but was able to store nearly 2 *billion*. Now, for all I know 2 billion is nothing, or maybe they always give parents these stats so that it sounds like your kid is a real champ (for all I know, they could tell me that his fan belt needs to be replaced and I’d probably buy it). Even so, it’s music to his new parents’ ears.

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Mo’ Finnpix

Quote o’ the Day: "Is it possible to have a ‘Trophy Baby’?"  — proud Mama M. 🙂

I’m honestly trying not to overload the world with shots of this little character but, well, who am I kidding?  Here are some recent snaps:

More to come!

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Finn = Alfred Hitchcock

You be the judge:
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🙂

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Many Thanks

John and I want to take a minute to explicitly thank all of our friends and family who have been so tremendously supportive in advance of and during our first week as parents.
We feel incredibly blessed and lucky to have pals who will bring us delicious chow, call to check in and see if there’s anything we need, how we’re coping, and offer helpful advice on breastfeeding and other mysteries of babydom. Not to mention all of you who’ve sent books, clothes, toys, and everything a little boy could need to get off on the good foot. We can’t say “thank you” too many times! We do hope that we are able to return the favor to all of you at some point. You all mean the world to us, and of course to little Finn, who has a lot of really fantastic grandparents, aunties and uncles to get to know as he grows up.

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Songs in the Key of F

As probably everyone knows by now, babies can hear their parents’ voices in utero, and it’s possible that playing music for bambinos stimulates their development.  Not wanting The Artist Soon To Be Known as Finn to hear only his mom’s voice, and having learned that babies respond more to high-pitched sounds, I decided to “serenade” Margot’s belly with the falsetto tones of Neil Young’s Vampire Blues.  Instead of singing “Oh I’m a vampire, baby, suckin’ blood from the earth,” I changed it to “Oh I’m a Vampire Baby, suckin’ juice from my mom…”  This seemed to go over pretty well, earning a few kicks in my general direction. 🙂

Other Finn-themed faves:

  • Devendra Banhart “Michigan State” — which I relentlessly turn into “Finnegan State”
  • Coldplay “Yellow” — but not anymore (adios, jaundice)
  • Traditional “Finnegan’s Wake” — totally incomprehensible, but high-spirited good times.  (We won’t actually keep a bucket of whiskey by dear Finnegan’s head.)
  • The Who “Finnball Wizard” — got such a supple lip.
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Pink, Fat, and Happy

We are just back from the pediatrician’s office for a jaundice and general health check-up. Good news all around! Finn is pink, not yellow, and has gained 7 oz in the past 4 days. He’s now back up to 9 lbs 2 oz and is eating like a champ. His little belly button stump came off at the Dr.’s office and she cauterized the little bit that was left with silver nitrate so it will shrink up and the button will be an “innie” instead of an “outie.”
Barring any other unforseen issues, we’re in the clear until our 1-month check-up when we start immunizations.

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Visions of Michael Scrima

Some years ago Brent Spiner, the actor who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, released an album called "Ol’ Yellow Eyes Is Back."  I’ve thought of it several times over the last few days, as Finn’s peepers (and skin) have had a decidedly yellowish hue.  It’s pretty common for babies to have a little jaundice as their bodies learn to process bilirubin (which sounds like the name of someone’s accountant, but isn’t).  Fortunately Finn seems well on his way to working it out of his system, and he’s pinking up nicely.

The whole thing made me think of a cautionary character from my mom’s family’s past.  My mom and her sisters (and subsequently the next generation of us kids) were always told, "Don’t drink coffee, or you’ll end up yellow like Michael Scrima!"  Kids love hearing about this magical power of their parents’ drink, not to mention getting to say "Screee-ma."  Poor Michael; who knows what happened to him, or why he was yellow, or whether he even was yellow at all.  He’s probably at a Starbucks somewhere right now, enjoying some Grande Vente caffine bomb and wondering why his yellow ears are burning. 😉