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T+2 Months

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

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Quick stats:

length: 25″
weight: 11.5′
basically 50th percentile

Overall, Jasper is cooing, smiling, recognizing people, getting visibly bored/excited/engaged, and starting to grasp at things. He’s discovered if you smack the little fish, it makes a rattly sound. The face on the whoozit freaks him out, but the Cube of Wonder still occasionally becomes the Cube of Terror (especially the Twilight Zone Panda - if you have it, you know).

Still loves the CD rack, Manjushri, and the play of light and shadows through the wndow slats (me too).

Still can’t get enough of that Gillian Welch tune “Wayside/Back in Time”. Seems to like meeting people.

Overall, cheerful, although the current growth spurt results in lots of fussiness.

Zantac, the Beautiful Drug

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

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As you can tell from the pictures, Binx started getting what one may call colicky around 4 weeks. Colicky, in this case, was endless inconsolable crying shortly after meals. Bad reflux, acid-y spitup. No sleep.

Your personal view of yourself as compassionate and patient is surely tested at 3am faced with an angry squalling baby who you cannot help. And as first-time parents in these hyper-competitive US, you start to wonder that if he spends all his time in pain, is he learning and developing on schedule?

Our pediatrician, who we like, is pretty anti-quackery and anti-unneccessary drugs, especially for newborns. However, the others in his practice had good results with tough cases, so he prescribed Zantac. Yes, the Zantac that you can get OTC (a stomach acid inhibitor), but in a pediatric syrup. A gooey, faux-peppermint syrup (i tried it first, of course)

I tell you, it worked. After a couple days, we had an occasional cheerful, back to alertness, merely fussy baby. If we missed a dose because we are Bad Parents, he gets acidy and crying again. We recently upped the dose - still at the very bottom of the therapeutic range - as he gained weight.

I’m not big on prescriptions, but everyone seems much much happier, so viva las drogas.