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assessment of damages

My baby is almost a month old and comparison with some other babies his age leads me to conclude that

a) he is a giant - longer and fatter than most children his age. (He has nearly outgrown his Moses basket, and he is filling out 3-6 month clothes very comfortably indeed).

b) also beating them in screaming the house down. Other children, normal children are happy to entertain themselves gazing at walls, or lights, or colourful things. Maybe sucking on a hand or two. Not my son, he of the vibrating rages and need for constant cuddles and entertainment and feeding.

c) When my son is doing his bit to put more screamings into the innocent world, the other children, the scream-free children just stare at him in confusion. Ah seed of my loins, sowing chaos already.

My house looks like a bomb site, my bed is sporting an increasing number of milk-stains and my cats are slowly turning feral with the irregular feedings (because sleeping when the baby sleeps means they never know what time exactly their next meal is coming from) and not enough petting and not being allowed to walk on the baby.

The baby continues with his two dominant moods of Angel (when feeding, bathing, sleeping) and Wailing DemonFiend (all other times), although on special occasions he is prepared to be awake and not scream.

Although on the plus side I have never enjoyed my mother's company more, or her willingness to take the child off my hands for a few hours. It's made enough difference to save my mental health from 'heading into postnatal depression at breakneck speed' to 'really coping with all this just fine, now that I have enough sleep'. Truly, there is nothing that refreshes my affection for my child quite as much as having him in the care of others for a while.

Yesterday we had our first family outing since the baby was born. We went out for lunch and then for a long walk along Hampstead Heath (I breastfed in the restaurant; we got chased by a swan) and aside from the fact that at 9 o'clock in the evening the child decided he hadn't fulfilled his daily quota of the screamings, it really was a lovely day.

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suzylou
Jan. 28th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
My baby can outscream yours any day ;)
rainsinger
Jan. 28th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe they're in a conspiracy. :)

I'm glad to know you're doing better. Hang in there. :) Also, when you're strong and fine and up and about more - if you want to meet at some point let me know.
suzylou
Jan. 28th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh I'd love that ;) I'm flaky as anything though so feel free to nag me about it!!
casaubon
Jan. 28th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Neither of ours would lie quietly by themselves while awake.

Does he let you sit down while you're cuddling him?

Thomas went through a stage of only being happy if we were cuddling him while standing up. It was uncanny - as though he had a built in altimeter.

rainsinger
Jan. 28th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Neither of ours would lie quietly by themselves while awake.


That is soo sooo comforting to hear. Thank you.

It was uncanny - as though he had a built in altimeter.

Same with this one. Especially if the person who is standing happens to be walking then instant zip it. But because he's a heavy bugger and I'm a cruel parent who likes to assert my will I'm refusing to do this and instead do a lot of cuddling while sitting - he cries and cries but gives up eventually. We do have a compromise though - he's happy to be quiet if the person holding him is sitting and bouncing on one of those big exercise balls.
one__more
Jan. 28th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)


Sorry about the screaming - I know it's a "no-no" with some parents but have you considered a pacifier? I was dead against them but I got one that is "nipple shaped" and she still breast fed (whilst I was still breast feeding) without being confused and she stopped crying all the time. People said that she would have a hard time stopping with it but she doesn't suck on them anymore.
rainsinger
Jan. 28th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, we started out all 'let's not buy any pacifiers because it's not good to use them!' only to acquire 6 within the first week. I do use them when I'm quite tired and the baby is particularly unsettled but trying not to use them too much in case he gets addicted to them.
meepettemu
Jan. 28th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
"a) he is a giant - longer and fatter than most children his age. (He has nearly outgrown his Moses basket, and he is filling out 3-6 month clothes very comfortably indeed)."

Damnit. i KNEW that would happen. I made you soemthing. for 3-6 months. :p

all sounds like lots of fun in the land of you xx
rainsinger
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Damnit. i KNEW that would happen. I made you soemthing. for 3-6 months.

Oh noes!
I shall stall his development forthwith.
meepettemu
Feb. 1st, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
I should have said, for 0-3 months. But i think i left it at my mum's. I shall turn her house upside down next weekend, and then send it to you. You can frame it *grins*
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