Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A strange feeling

Lately, I've rediscovered a feeling that has been absent from my life for the past fifteen months. It certainly isn't boredom, but it is something akin; for lack of a better word, I'll call it "relaxed". Relaxed is something that you feel when there are no immediate crises to be dealt with: no deadlines at work, no emergencies at home, and most importantly, no children straddling the line that separates life and death. It took a little getting used to, but it's kind of nice to have an hour at the end of the day when there is nothing that requires my immediate attention.

If you hadn't guessed by now, Bryce is doing great. He's an ounce shy of 13 lbs., and continues to delight the whole family with his burgeoning personality. He rolls over in both directions (tummy time rarely lasts more than a few seconds for this kid), and usually has one or two periods a day during which he coos at Mommy or Daddy for several minutes. We have a few check-ups on the calendar in January, but the general consensus in our house is that Bryce has become not only a relatively easy baby to care for, but a seemingly normal one as well.

He does still get winded very easily, which is something that we're eager to ask about at our first NICU follow-up appointment next month. Also, we've tried to wean him to two bottles of fortified milk per day, rather than his usual three, on two separate 72-hour trial runs, but he was unusually cranky and didn't gain any weight both times, so we're pretty sure he still needs the extra calories. With those minor exceptions, Bryce at 3.5 months could be easily mistaken for Logan at 3.5 months in terms of temperament, development and looks!

The entire family is eagerly anticipating the dawn of a new year which will almost certainly be an improvement on the last. As John Hambrock put it, 2009 was a dud (click the link to read the comic, which is especially appropriate since Logan was born in 2006).

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1 comment:

  1. It looks like Bryce is practicing to blow out the candle at his first birthday party!