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03-29-2015 Journal–The Baby Has Arrived!   1 comment

The waiting is finally over and we welcomed a new family member yesterday. A 10.4 pound little boy with mother and son doing fine.  I think now my better-half and I can finally get our lives  back to something close to normal again.

Between babysitting grandson #1, trips to care for their cats and dogs, and then visits to the hospital,  we’re both exhausted. We managed a decent nights sleep last night and are feeling much better today as is the mother. Since the birth required a C-section our little mother won’t be released until sometime Monday and I see another visit to the hospital in our immediate future today. We’ll try to keep her company for a few hours and to spend more time with grandson #2.

The better-half as always is already preparing for her numerous shopping forays to insure the little guy has everything he may possibly need and then some. That should keep her busy for a few years.  My only contribution to the little mother was the can of Guinness I managed to smuggle into the hospital.  After nine months of no beer I had a feeling it was high on her list of priorities. 

We should all have an interesting summer with the new addition to the family group and we’ll need all of our remaining energy to keep up with grandson #1 who’s  growing like a weed. The sibling rivalry took no more than two minutes to arrive when he was taken to visit his new little brother.  It’s going to get more interesting as time goes on and they’re in for many years of fun competition with each other.

I normally don’t have photographs of family members on this blog but in this case I’ll make an exception.  He ‘s too young to tell me not to and I’m too old to care anyway.  This one picture is worth a thousand words.


10-18-2013   3 comments

I’ve spent the last year being educated by my better-half’s daughter’s pregnancy and subsequent child birth.  It was quite a project from start to finish and the costs for one child being born seem to be skyrocketing each year.  Hospital costs, pre and post natal costs, home improvement costs (nursery setup), and of course the never ending supply of baby food, clothing, and diapers.  It’s an easy matter to drop a couple of grand to outfit the child with a bassinette, crib, high chair, walker, and the unending need for more and more toys.  I haven’t tallied up a grand total because it would be  more than a little scary and really depressing.

With regular visits anticipated from the kid we were also required to double up on some the necessary equipment for our home just to make life easier on all concerned.  We now have a crib and enough toys to outfit a small orphanage at our place which I have the painful pleasure of tripping over if I’m not careful. I won’t even get into the costs for car seats which are just ridiculous.  Have you gotten my point yet?  It’s a freaking expensive proposition.

I happened upon an interesting article that might help put things into perspective.  The following list was contained in an 1857 Manual of Domestic Economy and its quite a bit different than our modern day list of required goodies for newborns.  Have a look.

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1.  A low chair, with or without rockers.

2.  A footstool.

3.  Two thick flannel aprons.

4.  One large washing basin.

5.  One soap-dish and soap (best yellow or white curd).

6.  One small enamel saucepan.

7.  One semi-porcelain pipkin (a small earthen pot) and lamp.

8.  One pap-boat (silver or crockery).

9.  One feeding-bottle, with two or three nipples.

10. One small jug.

11. One teaspoon and one desert-spoon.

12. One small pot de chamber, with two flannel covers.

The above list was intended for a baby’s first month. Semi-porcelain pipkin and lamp was  “a most useful modern invention” used to warm water and food. The pap-boat was used to “force” the baby to take disagreeables, either in the shape of food or medicine. The nipples on the feeding bottle should be India-rubber, preferred to the traditional hollowed-out cow teat or sewn-up wash-leather both of which were liable to become semi-putrid.

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Some of the terms mentioned were strange and the item names ever stranger.  It would probably take me forever to compile a current list of the items required these days for the babies first month.  It would be exhausting and just too much work to even attempt.  I have to admit it’s much better to be collateral damage from someone else’s pregnancy than having one of your own.  Thank God for menopause.

11-11-2012   3 comments

This is my day for doing a little thinking and enjoying my few hours of quiet time. 2012 has been an interesting year for me primarily because of the pregnancy of my better-half’s daughter and the birth of her first child. It’s the first time in many years that I’ve had the pleasure of watching someone close to me develop for the full nine months and then to be present in the hospital for the birth of the child. Watching her steadily increasing size was interesting but the thing that really grabbed me was the movements of the baby during that last trimester.

I recall a sunny afternoon on our deck last summer where she and I were enjoying the day and as we were speaking I could see her shirt moving as  the baby reacted to her voice. She then proceeded to push on her belly to move him around a bit to make things more more comfortable. I haven’t been closely involved with any pregnant women for more years than I care to think about and I was surprised by my own reaction. I told her that it was creepy and gave me goose-bumps. I then asked how it really felt to feel that little body moving around inside her.   She gently took the time to explain to me in some detail what she was feeling and how excited she was about the upcoming birth. It takes a lot to touch me but she did. To see her so happy and excited moved me more than I thought possible. Just a short time ago she was a young, inexperienced college student trying to find her way in this world.  Just a few short years later she’s a teacher, a wife, and soon to be a mother.  Amazing. As we were sitting in the waiting room in the hospital a few months later I thought about that moment on the deck and just smiled. She was now in the birthing room going through something I could never experience or understand and she couldn’t wait to get there.

Our new little man made his grand entrance on schedule and he’s doing exceptionally well at the grand old age of four weeks?  I’m really looking forward to the day when he and I can sit on that same deck and I can tell him this story.

And one more thing before I go.  If we men were responsible for child bearing and had to go through nine months of what most women do, the planet would be free of human beings.  Just saying.

Posted November 13, 2012 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying

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