The Baby Whisperer

January 31, 2012 § 3 Comments

There we have it. Eldyn’s crying bout last night completed the famed colic trifecta (crying hysterically for at least 3 hours for at least 3 nights a week for at least 3 weeks) so I can officially complain about it now. Eldyn has colic. Which is a bummer and has me wishing away the first four months of his precious little life. Or at least it has me wishing away the first four months of evenings between 5 and 11 p.m.

Sheeshkabob buddy.

The whole situation was tolerable until Hiram’s daycare started telling us he’s been falling asleep in his play-doh. So much for the awesomeness of the 3-bedrooms-up scenario. At least it’s not forever. And actually, all the practice makes his mid-day non-colic consoling a snap. Here are scenarios that normal Eldyn always likes and colic-Eldyn likes once out of every 15 times.

Scenario 1: The Bjorn Squish

Wrap Eldyn up in his fuzzy blanket (the one from Aunt Naomi) and put him in the Baby Bjorn. Ensure his feet are completely squished up in the blanket and not hanging out the leg holes. Walk back and forth from the kitchen to the living room over and over. Do not stop. He can tell if you are marching in place.

Scenario 2: The Bounce and Blast

Wrap Eldyn up in a swaddle blanket and set him in the bouncy seat but do not buckle him in*. Put the fuzzy blanket (the one from Aunt Naomi) on his lap. Bounce him hard enough to wonder if he will fly off the seat. Turn on Hiram’s (very loud) nebulizer and place directly under his head– DO NOT TURN OFF! Continue for at least 1 hour or until the nebulizer starts to overheat.

Scenario 3: Fake Road Trip

Wrap Eldyn up in his full-body winter coat, ensuring the hood is covering his head. Place him in the car seat and give him a pacifier, which you will need to hold in his mouth. Buckle him in* and rock vigorously. Do not bother to put him in the car because he will spit out the pacifier while you are driving. Do not fall asleep or he will be ticked. When he wakes up he will be very sweaty and ticked.

* Eldyn prefers the more safety-conscious 5-point harness system over the bouncy seat’s meager 3-point arrangement.



January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Despite the fact that number two feels easier, here is proof I am not actually getting better at this.

Hiram in July of 2009 (4 weeks old)

Eldyn in January of 2012 (6 weeks old)

Hiram’s Imaginary World of Hockey

January 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

One of my absolute most favorite things in the world is Hiram’s imagination. It’s awesome because it’s amazing and blah blah blah. But it’s also pretty handy because we don’t have to buy him any actual toys.

For example, we’ve relegated most of his “real” hockey equipment to outside. Which means, if Hiram wants to play hockey in the living room, he needs to get creative. Here are a few examples:

This bottle koozie is his hockey glove (or, more cutely, his hockey glub)

This spoon is his hockey stick, although now he’s started calling it his “hockey spoon”

This piece of fake pepperoni is one of many, many hockey pucks. If for some reason, one of the 25 pizza topping pieces isn’t readily available, he’ll also use a balled up sock or a puzzle piece.

This sippy cup is his water bottle. I guess this isn’t that imaginative but it’s still cute how he likes it to sit on the net (a.k.a. the footstool) and sip it between periods (like daddy does).

This blank space is his pads and helmet, which are imaginary but are always buckled, strapped and snapped in place before any playing can begin.

Hiram David, you are awesome.

Back in the Olden Days, Sonny

January 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s something new to report. Lately, I’ve started feeling inclined to tell Hiram things about myself.  I know, this urge could very likely be related to the fact that I’ve been sitting in my house with a newborn for more than a month (exhibit A: last week I had a 5-minute conversation with a telemarketer). But I think it also has to do with the fact that it seems like Hiram might actually care.

It’s funny because before I felt this urge, I wasn’t missing anything. I didn’t sulk around thinking, “he never asks me anything about myself!” But now that I want to tell him things, I realize how little he knows.

Like, he doesn’t know I used to have a big dog named Joe. He loves dogs. Don’t you think he’d find this interesting?

Or, he doesn’t know I have my very own hockey skates. Or that I like to write stories about him on my blog.

OK fine. I realize this is the first step towards Hiram rolling his eyes at me when he’s 12 but I’m not sure I can help myself.

E-Lew Weekly: 1/25/12

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Birthday Weekend (Supersized)

January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Annnnd, I’m sad that’s over. It was my birthday yesterday and obviously all the fun I’ve been having has resulted in me being a little bit blog AWOL.

Saturday night Brad and I went on a date! It was our first date since becoming 2-boy parents so it felt a little monumental. I kept looking at the other people out walking around all super causal on a Saturday night. They were all just like, “Whatev…I go out on Saturday nights.” And past 8:30 to boot!

It got me wondering if any of these people were two-kid parents too. And if so, how come they didn’t look frazzled enough to have just finished packing up the necessary outfits, back-up outfits, diapers, milk, beds, pacifiers, swaddle blankets, fuzzy blankets, ni-night blankets and kids that Brad and I assembled to get ourselves out on a date? And even more importantly, how come they weren’t completely giddy like me?

Yesterday my sweet Bradly surprised me by taking the day off. Considering we have a newborn who has yet to show his cute little face in public (other than in the doctor’s office), I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. It started with snow (and therefore, donuts) and ended with an awesome party at my parent’s house. The middle included a very nice nap and watching a romantic comedy while it was still light outside. What could be more indulgent than that?

What Hike Likes: Eldyn

January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yahoo! So far Hiram likes his brother. Here are the little bits of proof I’ve been collecting to support my hypothesis.

1) The way he talks to Eldyn is so dang sweet. If Eldyn is upset, Hiram is the first one to offer a few soothing words. He says things like, “Don’t worry Eldyn, we’re almost home.” or “Don’t cry, I’m right here.”

2) This morning, Hiram seemed happy to realize that Eldyn was “only [his] brother.”

3) Upon returning home from daycare, his first priority is to locate “him” and show him something important. Usually, this important thing is his football pants or a masterpiece he made at school that day.

4) And the best proof of all: Hiram says “I love you Eldyn” and kisses him on the head.

The proof is in the pudding, I’d say.

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