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  • Getcher cute fix

    Posted on January 28th, 2007 ben No comments

    OK, so I admit that I sort of staged this a bit, but they were more than happy to go along and they made it better than I intended…
    Elliot with Baby Kitty

  • More Cutery

    Posted on January 24th, 2007 ben No comments

    Elliot get the hiccups pretty bad, and under some conditions (such as while feeding) they sound like… well… you tell me what they sound like.

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  • Gratuitous Cutery

    Posted on January 23rd, 2007 ben No comments

    Yes, cutery. This video is just ridiculously cute. Or maybe I have been driven insane in a very specific, infantophilic way…

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  • "In two days, he'll be a week!"

    Posted on January 23rd, 2007 ben No comments

    I thought that was a funny way for Cheryl to put it, but you know, at Elliot’s age those little landmarks are pretty important. Like, say, your first taste of sunshine on your face! (He slept through that one.) Elliot's first sunshineOr your first bath since the hospital! (About this he seemed annoyed and perplexed, which was kind of charming.)Elliot's first bath at home

    We have been getting on quite well, thanks in large part to the gracious family helping us out. Patricia has been of particular help to us, and we are very grateful. Lisa and Tibor brought us a really nice dinner this evening and visited for a short time as well. It’s kind of humbling, actually, to receive so much from so many.

    Sleep has been a bit of a problem, although much less of one than I was led to believe. Cheryl is mostly able to keep Elliot fed and comfortable through the night without too much disruption to her sleep. We have a co-sleeper installed next to our bed, but so far Cheryl has found it easier to have Elliot on the bed next to her. She’s such a pro at this that she can actually nurse him while she sleeps! I’m amazed. Because of this and a hundred other things that a mother does for a child I worry about pulling my own weight… we’ll just watch that and see how that goes. In the meantime I just try to jump up any time the little monkey farts and offer to change him. If I can just get ahead on the diaper-changing score I think I’ll be alright.!

  • Elliot Reinhart Quady

    Posted on January 18th, 2007 ben No comments

    Elliot, Cheryl, and BenCheryl and I went to the hospital yesterday and gave birth to a beautiful, healthy boy. His name is Elliot, and he weighed 7 lbs and 4 ounces. Click on the “Elliot” pages in the column to the left to read about his birth or see some pictures.

  • Gifts for an infant

    Posted on January 3rd, 2007 ben No comments

    Plush Sheep, gift to Elliot from Marilyn and David

    One of the things that surprises me about this baby is how it changes the way I look at baby gear. A year ago I would look at cute little onesies and adoooorrable stuffed animals and say “meh”… now they make my heart race and I get woozy. Maybe this is the beginnings of “nervio”, right?

    People have been very generous about giving and lending baby kit. Cheryl and I are grateful for all the bassinets and carriers and pumps and clothes and receiving blankets and what-is-that-things…

    No major contractions today. Looks like this guy’s going to take his time, after all.

  • Elliot's head start

    Posted on January 2nd, 2007 ben 1 comment

    Cheryl and Blair and I visted the doctor today, who checked out Elliot’s heartbeat and then checked cervical dilation and effacement (3cm, 75%). This is excellent news, since it is Cheryl’s recollection that she went through quite a lot of labor with no dilation at all in her first birth. Our doctor predicts that Elliot will arrive some time in the next week, which makes it a week or so before the due date.

    Here’s the crazy part, which just puts a little wonder and fear into a guy: the doctor smiled and said “I can feel his head.”

  • Braxton Hicks, squirmy belly, and you!

    Posted on January 1st, 2007 ben 4 comments

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    Cheryl and I have been having lots of “pre-labor”, or “Braxton Hicks” contractions lately. That’s a new idea for me… I didn’t realize you could have crazy contractions and it’s still not time to go to the hospital. We are supposed to wait until those things last one minute each, come five minutes apart, and have been doing so for an hour. I guess they don’t want anyone taking up a room just sitting there twiddling their thumbs while their shy baby tries to hide for one more hour…

    In the meantime, little Elliot is sure moving around strongly, and since Cheryl is so… uh… balloonormous, it really makes waves, so to speak. I’ve actually been woken up by a good kick in the back before, through Cheryl’s belly. I can’t imagine what it would be like to get kicked on the inside all day long. Cheryl says he kicks her ribs, headbutts her pelvis, does trampoline on her bladder, etc. Yikes. A father’s gotta be grateful.

    CLARIFICATION: I personally have not had any contractions.