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Four Weeks In

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Four weeks into fatherhood, I have some observations.  I like fatherhood.  Right now, it’s relatively simple—he doesn’t ask me to borrow the car, and since he cannot reach the sink yet, I have not asked him to do the dishes, so he doesn’t complain a lot.  We feed him, change his diaper, talk to him, soothe him, and let him sleep. 

The complexities crop up in a parent’s effort to sooth their newborn.  Babies cry, you know, and they can cry for a long time.  Their stamina is amazing.

So far, the little one has done all right.  He hasn’t had a crying spell last longer than about 45 minutes, with the one exception of about an hour and a half earlier this week.  I’m told that’s terrific.  What bothers me is the plethora of advice and supposed causes of his restlessness my wife and I have received and heard. 

The last few hundred years have seen advances in pain medication and the treatment of infection.  We’ve wiped out smallpox and turned the common cold into a nuisance. 

You would think, after thousands of years of parents raising children, that someone would have learned a definitive cause and a possible solution to something like colic.  But, alas, colic is still a mystery.  In fact, we have just learned, in the last twenty years or so, that crying really does nothing to help the baby’s lungs develop. 

Just imagine what we’ll learn tomorrow. 


Written by taj

June 8, 2007 at 9:57 am

Posted in Baby News