My Baby Daniel

I wrote this on November 6th but didn’t have pictures to pair with it, so I’m publishing this on December 14th with updates in italics

  • Daniel is BIG! He has put on a pound a week so far, weighing in at 13 lbs at his 6 week checkup. He’s in the 90th percentile for both weight and length, and I suspect his head is up there as well. 17 pounds at 11.5 weeks. I feel like I’m holding a toddler on my lap. Sometimes I have to check myself because I think he’s “behind” because he’s not rolling over, etc. Then I remember he’s not even three months old!
  • Here he is in his carseat:

    and here’s Caitlyn at 13 months in the same carseat:

    Yep, I’m already looking for a bigger one to buy.

  • He has several chins and adorable lips.
  • He has thigh rolls. This is new for our little family and it makes baths take longer. :)
  • Unless he just had a bath, he typically smells of cheese. Sorry Dude, it’s true.
  • He very, very rarely spits. His sisters were both geysers and our hypothesis is they might have been similarly sized if they had just gone ahead and digested all the milk I fed them. ;)
  • He has belly button issues. First, he had an “umbilical granuloma” which is basically a belly button that never heals after the cord falls off. If I had to guess, it was caused by me inadvertently yanking off his umbilical cord stump before it was ready (it was stuck to his onesie when I changed him in the middle of the night. Off came the onesie, off came the stump. Oops.) After a treatment with silver nitrate in the doctor’s office it finally closed up but it meant he couldn’t wear pants for nearly a month.
  • He rarely cried for the first several weeks of life. Instead, he showed his disgruntlement by honking like a goose.
  • Then he started crying a lot.
  • When he cries, it is a HARD cry.
  • On what I’m sure is a related note, he developed an enormous umbilical hernia. This is typically benign and closes on its own, though his is large enough I expect it’ll need to be closed surgically when he’s two or three.
  • You can often see his guts just below the skin, moving around. You can see the ridge from his small intestine in this shot:

    It is big, especially when he cries. I think it has shrunk quite a bit though just in the last month since these pictures were taken, so perhaps it will close on its own.

  • He smiled a lot to himself starting just a few days after his birth, but he smiled at me for the first time when I started to sing “I am like a star shining brightly” when he was six weeks old and I was putting him down for a nap. One of my favorite things about Daniel is that he smiles with his eyes at least as much as his mouth. In fact, I can always tell a smile is coming by the look in his eyes. :)
  • He started giggling at 10 weeks and I can’t get enough of it. True to form, he picked the best time to start. I was having a rough day in the trenches and that sound was a balm to my soul.
  • He is going about 7 hours between feedings most nights, but I rarely catch more than three hours of sleep at a time since he likes to start his nights around 7pm. He then wakes up at 2, 5, and 8.
  • He loves to be swaddled and sung to and I get nothing but smiles when I lay him down for a nap.

I love having a little new baby at Christmas time!

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Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to two beautiful girls and one boy.
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5 Responses to My Baby Daniel

  1. littleraskills says:

    Adorable! Wow, woman! You weren’t kidding. He is BIG! You got some good Mama milk goin’ on there.

    Can’t wait to meet him. :)

  2. Lisa Hymas says:

    cute!!! Evan had a huge umbilical hernia also, but it went away, around 1 year old? I can’t even remember now. He is so cute, I bet he gets lots of love from the girls :)

  3. Laura says:

    Daniel is a cutie pie! Love those smiling eyes :)

  4. Mom Bean says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Anne for posting pictures of Daniel. What a doll! I can’t believe how he has grown since I was there. He looks like such a happy baby!

  5. Angie says:

    He is so adorable! What a good mother you are to document all of this! Also, thanks for the recipe updates!

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