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greyautumnrain
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All about Duncan
There is a lot I'd like to write about Duncan, but I now have two kids under two, a piece of insanity that I am planning a post on, and I have a sibling relationship to safeguard, which also deserves it's own post later, so right now I will content myself with bits and pieces about our brand new little boy.

Duncan is an extremely mellow baby. This is a good thing, especially when you have an older sister who is still very young herself and has very definite ideas about the way the world should work. Duncan lays back and takes it all in stride. The only thing he complains about with any vigor is being cold, and it's February in New England so no one is blaming him on that score. We keep him bundled and he squeaks softly when he'd like the boob please.

We keep a hat on his head at all times. Did I mention the gigantic lump on his head? He came with a huge lump on his head, poor boy. The theory is that is from banging his head against my cervix, and that certainly matches what I was feeling from he inside. He ran out of headroom and now he has a lump from banging to get out. The doctors say it should go away over the course of the first month, but Warren has a lump on his head that didn't so there is a little concern there. They say the best thing to do to prevent it from calcifying is to keep his head warm. Since he is also pretty keen on warmth and since he is ten times more photogenic in a hat he wears them around the clock. Also I knit, so he a few hats to choose from.

A week into life he is finally starting to spend some time awake. This is a good thing, though obviously a mixed blessing since it means he is more often in need of attention at the same time as his sister. Luckily he takes everything in stride so far, including some extra vigorous rocking courtesy of his curious older sibling.

Duncan Hides from the Paparazzi:
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psychohist From: psychohist Date: February 9th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be specific, the doctors said they thought the hematoma would calcify and then be resorbed, and that the process would go faster if it were kept warm. They didn't know of any cases like me where it wasn't resorbed, so they didn't know if warmth would prevent that, but we're hoping it does - though I should check with my parents on what they did.

I think Margaret learned the extra vigorous rocking style from Jomkwan.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 9th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
When was Duncan's nominal due date? I noticed that Howard "woke up" and started eating better on his due date, almost to the day. I wonder if it's related, or if I'm generalizing from too little data.

I'm glad things are going so well! I hope the hematoma goes away normally, but you and Warren are both blessed with nice thick hair, so hopefully Duncan will be too and it won't be terribly visible anyway. I didn't even know that Warren had a lump, so it's not particularly noticeable on him.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 9th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
His due date was February 4th, so it doesn't seem like a correlation to me, though it might be for more preterm babies. With my two data points it just seems to be that being born is hard work and you need a week or so of near constant sleep to recover.
countertorque From: countertorque Date: February 16th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Just catching up on my posts... Congrats on your new addition. Our second is a lot more stoic than our first. I'm sure it must be partly environment, but she did seem that way from day 1, so hard to say.
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