Sometimes I wish that Evan had been born a couple of weeks earlier. Then I could have dressed as Kuato for Halloween. Seriously, the child is a dead ringer for the Total Recall character sometimes.
Archive for November, 2006
We took Evan to the doctor for his two week checkup today, which unfortunately included his first shot. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that he is now up over 8 pounds, well over his original birth weight, and a weight gain of 17 ounces in about 10 days! I guess the kid is an eater. He definitely eats better than Ellie ever did, and he also sleeps better, not nearly as fitfully as Ellie. So those two things combined lead to a good weight gain, and also an additional inch of length! He cried only for about 10 seconds after his shot, and once we picked him up, he stopped and was fine.
Our two kids couldn't be more different. Evan eats like crazy, Ellie had trouble, and spit up a lot. Evan sleeps a lot, Ellie would fall asleep in your arms, but then jolt awake if you tried to lay her down in her crib, or at any other noises. Ellie did not make it back up to her birth weight for a good long time after she was born, and was constantly falling behind the growth curve. Evan, even at 3 weeks early, is at the 50th percentile for weight, and 25th for length. Ellie cried and cried after her shots, Evan cried for 10 seconds. Ellie would suck on the pacifier all day, Evan spits it right back out if you try to offer it to him.
Here are the latest pictures:
Ellie reading "Goodnight Moon" to her little brother. I think she actually knows all the words to that book, even though she can't read yet. Hopefully she will be a good reader when she gets a little bigger.
In a thin field of only 13 entries, Aunt Wendy Ratkowski once again took home the crown in the baby pool (of course, the odds were good, with the Ratkowskis accounting for nearly half the entries). Coming in a close second was Grandpa Dauernheim. The official stats were: November 7, 2006, 3:53 am; 7 pounds, 10 ounces; 19.5 inches long.
Thanks to everyone who participated, especially Wendy, who once again donated her winnings to Evan's college fund, giving us $65 for our little man. With some other kind post-deadline baby pool entry fees, we will also donate some cash to get Evan to an even start with Ellie for a total of $225 to start in his college fund. Anyone else who didn't get their entry in but still wants to donate $5 (or more), you know where we live.
I'd post more pictures, but this kid sleeps all day long, there's not much to see. Not that I'm complaining, at least not yet. But if he doesn't spend more time awake, we are going to start worrying. For now, we're chalking it up to him being three weeks early.
Dumping some of the latest pictures to appease the masses.
First diaper with the new baby. I'm pretty sure I remember how to do it. Of course, he nailed me with the stream on the second freakin' diaper change. We're more careful about that since then, but he already got Lisa once too.
We finally decided to call him Evan William. Apparently there's a Kentucky Bourbon named Evan Williams, but he'll just have to live with it.
This kid is so awesome. He had to get a Vitamin K shot about 2 hours into his life, and he didn't flinch. Seriously. And when we took him to the pediatrician, he barely even noticed the doctor trying to find his testicle (yes, poor kid, only one nut. Hopefully the second one "descends" soon). The only time he's cried so far was when the doc jammed the tongue depressor down his throat, and even then, he stopped almost right away. Yes, I am knocking on wood right now.
Cute things so far: Ellie kissing him every chance she gets (unfortunately, that's an awful lot, and the poor kid needs his space), his high-pitched buzz saw snoring, his tiny little cleft chin (where'd he get that from?!?!?!).
OK, seriously time for some sleep now.
Evan Dauernheim was born at home today, November 7 at 3:53 am. Yeah, I know, that messes up the baby pool something awful. There was some concern about some liver tests that they did based on Lisa itching a lot, and they decided to induce early to avoid any complications that could have affected the baby's health. The good news is, it worked! Midwife Susan broke Lisa's water at 8:15pm, and Lisa started feeling some contractions about an hour later. We all tried to take a short nap before the heavy stuff started. Lisa didn't get much rest, and woke me up around 1:30am having some pretty steady contractions. The noise eventually woke Ellie up around 3am. She was really good through the whole thing, and only freaked out a little bit when Mom was screaming really loud. After some good pushing, baby's head came out nice and slow, and Mom got to hold the baby immediately after lying down in her own bed. Home birth was everything we had hoped it would be. Ellie even helped me cut the cord. I'm exhausted right now, so it's off to bed for me. Here's some pictures for now.
So, officially, you can still enter the baby pool. We're throwing out the date/time since it came before the entries were due, but we will still judge on length and weight. If you think you can guess based on those pictures, feel free to send in extra entries. Mom and baby are doing well and resting, unlike Ellie, who is keeping me up all day apparently.