This is ridiculous

December 4, 2008 at 5:29 am 6 comments

more fun than a barrel of monkeys

more fun than a barrel of monkeys

Are you seeing this, people? Because this is stupid cute. These three right here and bringin’ it, true to form, captured on microchip during their final hours in the NICU. Satch is hangin’ out. Mr. Cool, limbs flapping in the wind, eyes glued wide – I’m telling you, the boy simply doesn’t blink. Pablo is big (relatively) and lazy, a chronic snoozer with pinchable chubby cheeks and an aptitude – so far – for the sucking reflex. Levi is fastidious, a little monk who takes up scant space on the planet and likes his small corner of it just so. They’re all enjoying new sensory stimuli. Clothing, swaddles, even occasional in-person visits to the fountains of life. They grow, they self-regulate, they self-correct, they self-comfort…in short, they’re all set. What do they need us for? (Oh yeah, number two and clean onesies). 

Alex spent all day in the joint while I professed about parallel periods, three-part fugues, and lord knows whatall else. Then I took the night shift, intending to just peek in at the tater tots and go on my merry way, but unable to resist the offer of Satchel on my (bony, hairy, useless) chest. Once plopped there, he sat and stared for the longest time, even after the white stream of life and love began coursing through his little nostril towards his belly. We stared each other down we did, and I lost every time. I was going to call the nurse (our old friend Jackie from the mother-baby ward) and ask if there could possibly be something wrong with his tear ducts (blink ducts?), but then he’d finally yield, and close his eyes not just for a millisecond, but for a solid and lengthy interval, as if savoring the re-juicing moment with all his miniscule being. He is 3lbs 5 oz., 4 oz. above his birth weight, and he is slowly starting to look more like his little (in age, but not size) brother Pablo. He is just ridiculously cute, and I’m that awful bore of a parent who sees small miracles in his child’s every sneeze, twitch and fart.

After Satch was finally and gently retrieved from the barren wasteland of my front (yeah, this line of humor may have run its course), I popped in and visited his two brothers, patting their velvet heads (after copious doses of the extra strength hand sanitizer that has already wrought craters in me) whispering encouragement and promises – already it’s begun. I drove home to find Alex and her dad enjoying some ice cream and MSNBC, a plate of tortelloni waiting for me in the fridge. Tomorrow we’ll get our 33 week update from Baby Center, which will tell us that our still-gestating baby (they make no mention of multiples) is the size of an eggplant or a rutabaga or an errant zucchini, but we’ll pay it no mind. Ours are the size of little baby men, 1/3rd of a Judy Johnson, 2 bloated lobsters, a small unidentified package from someplace in Iowa. They are dear little people, and they turn every day ecstatic.

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Graduation Day smallness

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. charlotte  |  December 4, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Can’t get enough of them babies! Say goodbye to sleep but hello to sweet little people.

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  • 2. Charlotte & Jeff  |  December 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Ahh! I see you have another Charlotte in your lives! This one thinks these three guys take the cake! Love the photo composite. Such wee individuals… Miss you guys… All 5 of you.

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  • 3. Rebecca Title-Aretsky  |  December 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Seeing that huge pacifier next to Satchel helps me understand how small they really are. That’s the same kind my baby uses and I have one next to me right now.

    They look wonderful and healthy and super cute!

    You will look back in a few years and be amazed at how consistent their personalities have remained. Even in ways you are not aware of now. It’s really something.

    Congrats on their graduation!! May they continue to progress at a great rate 🙂

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  • 4. Eve  |  December 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    They’re so cute! Congratulations! They say having a child is like having your heart walking around outside of your body, and now you’ve got 3.

    Eve (a good friend of Nina’s)

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  • 5. shnootre  |  December 4, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Charlottes! Hi Eve!

    Becky – I hadn’t thought of it, but it IS rather difficult to pick up the scale in a bunch of these photos (as opposed to, say, my Facebook profile pic!)

    I will try to keep that in mind w/ future pics.

    Thanks for the good wishes everyone!

    x
    Dan

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  • 6. Lauri  |  December 5, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Dan and Alex, hooray! I’m so glad the kids have moved to a new, happier room. The photos are fabulous, and the bath video really had me giggling. Thanks for sharing all of this.

    Reply

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