Happy One-Week Birthday to Bode!

Now, let me get something straight: I am not one of those annoying people who is going to record every single milestone in my kid’s life. At least not publicly. I learned that when Jamie and I celebrated every weekly, monthly, [hourly, minutely] anniversary our first year of marriage. I can now see why folks thought we were just a wee bit irritating. Now, we only show affection in private, and just to gross out our children (though I had second thoughts about even this when Haddie went beyond “kisses” and tried to make out with me in church a few weeks ago.)

But as for our burgeoning Baby Bode, I would be remiss if I didn’t give at least some updates on the little guy. It’s too tough to tell at this point what his true personality is going to be but thus far, he’s exceedingly easy-going like his father. And likes to sleep. A lot.

At this stage in the game, we already knew that Haddie was not. Easy-going, that is. Our first sign was when she cried all night long the first night we brought her home from the hospital. This is not an exaggeration. She cried so much she LOST HER VOICE. Haggard and exhausted, we showed up for our scheduled doctor’s appointment the next morning. “What’s wrong with her?” we wailed. The doc listened closely to our story and then gave the diagnosis: “Hmmm, sounds like you have a baby.” That was the beginning of the end.

Bode, on the other hand, sleeps for about a five-hour chunk at night before I wake him up to feed. Yes, I have to wake him up. This is a new concept to me. Yesterday when we gave him a sponge bath, he didn’t wake up until the very end. And I think that was only to crap all over the towel and pee on the mirror. I think I liked it better when he slept.

Jamie and I, on the other hand, have been the insomniacs in the family. My recovery has been rather painful and he, of course, has been sick. And so like strangers in the night, we have been miserably passing each other and commenting, “Don’t you think it’s ironic that our children are sleeping and we’re watching infomercials on Cortislim?”

We don’t know if Bode will continue to be a good sleeper after he kicks this newborn stage. But after two sleep-deprived years with The Hurricane, Jamie has a strategy. When still at the hospital, the nurse commented on Bode’s sleep habits:

“You need to be careful that he maintains a good blood-sugar level.”
“What is the significance of that?”
“Well, if you don’t, he will be lethargic and will sleep a lot.”
“Oh, OK!”

The moment Nurse Betty left the room, Jamie turned to me, with a glimmer in his eyes:

“So you’re telling me all we have to do to get this kid to sleep through the night is to keep his blood-sugar low?”

Finally, a plan. :-)

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