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In the game

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

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Fascinating playtime last night while mom was at yoga. I was dangling colored rings in front of a bouncy-seated binx. He usually watches, but as his arm swings have a standard pattern and radius he usually misses the rings and starts sucking his knuckles. Mostly, it’s just a game of visual distraction. This time, however, Jasper was totally on-task. A Binx possessed.

He would miss, but immediately reset, arms wide, staring at the rings. Another miss, immediate reset, totally in the zone. i move the rings, eyes following intently, position shifts. Success brings a bright smile and squeal of delight, a bit of tug-n-play with them; then let go and get ready for the next attempt at depth perception. This easily went on for 15 minutes. Fascinating.

Maybe that’s what the Big Day of Crankiness on Tues was about - sprouting new ganglion.

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.

Sling, Sway, Song. Repeat

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

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So if Jasper ever does sleep, how does he get there?

First, the Sling. Then, we Sway, and we listen to the Song . Repeat until sleep comes, which could be 45 minutes away.

No other song will do. The little counter on iTunes is up to 54 on my Mac, 64 on E’s, and unknown on each iPod or on the main stereo. Still works it’s charming magic on Binx - he hears one verse, and he’s instantly calm. Personally, I’m still not tired of hearing it - it’s a great, perfectly constructed song.

And of course, my boy Jasper would like a old-timey song the neatly ties drinking, morphine, love lost and the Fall of Nashville for his lullaby.

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.

…the Bites, the Bites, they’re callin’

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

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Morning routine includes struggling to get out of bed (Snoogle! so comfy!), and feeling Binx get increasingly restless - and hungry. The only solution is lurching out and downing a big bowl of cereal. Elizabeth is wheat- and lactose-intolerant, so the bowl is a combo of granola, Amaranth Flakes and Oaty-Bites, awash in Lactaid.

Then Binx settles down, after a victory dance or two, into his dreams.

It is fascinating that, two months out, Binx has patterns and personality. Of course, we’re somewhat romanticizing, but it’s true to us.