Baby Stuff

The Second Month

Monthly updates seem to be easier to do, however my typing skills need some serious work.

So Elyse is 2 months old, almost 10lbs and I am not sure how tall even though we did measure her on Saturday. She is giggling and smiling a little more now, she seems to be able to control her face somewhat even though her arms and legs are still way beyond her ability to keep under wraps. She isn’t quite moving towards sounds or stimulus yet but you can tell she is more aware that things come from different directions now. The last few days she has been getting so upset she can’t eat, by which I mean she cries because she is hungry but then gets too upset to be able to eat from her bottle. I think we are pretty good at settling her down, but it often takes both of us doing something to get the job done. I am realizing I have limits on my patience… I am sure it is a mixture of fatigue, being physically tired from working out after work and hunger from trying to keep my weight down but whatever the reason, there are times when I realize I am at my limit of patience which is completely unreasonable with a baby but that doesn’t stop it from happening. A few deep breaths and I am fine but it has been a long long time since I was close to my limits. That sounds serious and negative but really it is neither, I am happy that I am getting back in touch with the boundaries of my psyche and also glad that I am able to control and even improve my response to stress. Since I have never really been much of a stress monkey I have never really had to deal with stress like this before. It is an eye opener and I finally realize that when I tell people that exercise is great for reducing stress I am actually doing them a huge favour. Nothing like an insanity workout to settle me down and boost my coping capabilities.

Elyse is as cute as ever. We are not taking hundreds of pictures of her but certainly a few a day. We should actually use the video camera more, since that is the reason we got it and video of me as a child would be worth it’s weight in gold I am sure… hahaha. I think watching yourself grow up live would be an amazing thing to see.

We took her out to the Jazz festival the other day which she, of course, slept through. We took her to the mall, to the store, to the relatives, all of which she managed to sleep through. Try to get her to sleep through Big Brother though… no way.

As new parents Nicole and I have our hands full. I have days full of work Nicole has days full of baby and when I get home we both have to exercise and try to find time to relax. It’s a difficult job, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

The first month

Things that I now know to be true. Some I did know, some I didn’t, some I was under a false impression.

1. Baby poo isn’t that bad.
2. Changing a diaper is nowhere near as traumatic as I thought it would be. In fact, it’s pretty easy.
3. You don’t have to run to the baby if she cries. She won’t explode if she cries for a few seconds while you finish what you are doing.
4. Breast feeding is almost as traumatic for me as it is for both the baby and the mom.
5. Babies come in all sizes and all temperaments. What someone else’s baby did or does probably won’t apply to you.
6. Bath time can be fun for the whole family. As long as you don’t take crying or what appears to be nuclear level trauma personally.
7. Let sleeping babies lie.
8. Babies don’t breathe or do anything else like a normal person. They aren’t really people yet, stop freaking out.
9. It’s true that milk protein causes phlegm. Breast milk doesn’t but when protein formula will make your baby sound like an asthmatic hamster.
10. You don’t need to be afraid of holding the baby, act like you have a tray of draft beer or a football and you will be fine.
11. Watch the giant head, you need to be careful of the neck at all times, as funny as it may be when she headbutts you in the chest.
12. The cone head, as alien as it may be, will pass. Even if it is like a bullet in the beginning, don’t panic.
13. Don’t peek over the curtain during the c-section. There is nothing you need to see down there.
14. The baby rolls will come. Even if your baby is small to start, there is nothing you can do to stop them growing.
15. Fresh air = pee. Watch for this and don’t be so quick to pull that old diaper away.
16. Love your wife and child. Even if you can’t do anything else from fear, overwhelm or bad organization, the least you can do and the best you can do is love your new family.