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Binxology

…and, we’re back

June 5th, 2008

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So, we’re back blogging about the boy, and now, life out of my beloved brooklyn.

Binx has just turned 3 years old, and is a daredevil - enough that makes other parents gasp and pull their kids closer. Climbing bolders in the quarry; jumping off high rocks; riding his jumper at high speeds down the long driveway; and generally running around like a 3-year old.

He’s pretty comically verbal, too, but is lousy at math. Sigh.

Us: we moved up the Hudson River to Cold Spring, NY, and absolutely love the exurban life. More on that as we get it, but think of an old (rented) farm house on a pond, lots of hiking trails and state forests across the street, stars at night, Clearwater Sloop, CSA, etc.

The commute’s a drag, but seeing stars at night when you get off the train is priceless.

The Way Binx Works

August 24th, 2005

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Items we have found invaluable for Jasper’s 0-3 mos:

The Fleece Pouch
We used it constantly to get Binx sleepy in the newborn carry until he became too big and uncomfortable in it (at about 12 lbs.). We’re confident we’ll use it again in another position as soon as he gets proficient head control.

Wayside/Back in Time by Gillian Welch
Binx’s lullaby.

The Moby Wrap

After a quick demo by friends Kim and Levi, I ran out and bought one since Binx was out of the fleece pouch and annoyed by riding backwards in his regular carrier. This wrap rules! Binx usually falls asleep in it while I’m doing chores or hitting the park.

The Kolcraft Universal Carrier
As much as we love our Phil and Ted’s, newborn parents only need the Kolcraft up front. Just plunk down the car seat and go.

Koeka Burp Cloths
These are the nicest “go to meeting” terry burp cloths we have in our diaper bag. Their other products look great too — a local salesperson puts her toddler in a Koeka poncho for meals out.

Bumpkins Chin Bibs
Great for the early droolies. Parents seem to rave about their other bibs, too.

In the game

August 18th, 2005

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Fascinating playtime last night while mom was at yoga. I was dangling colored rings in front of a bouncy-seated binx. He usually watches, but as his arm swings have a standard pattern and radius he usually misses the rings and starts sucking his knuckles. Mostly, it’s just a game of visual distraction. This time, however, Jasper was totally on-task. A Binx possessed.

He would miss, but immediately reset, arms wide, staring at the rings. Another miss, immediate reset, totally in the zone. i move the rings, eyes following intently, position shifts. Success brings a bright smile and squeal of delight, a bit of tug-n-play with them; then let go and get ready for the next attempt at depth perception. This easily went on for 15 minutes. Fascinating.

Maybe that’s what the Big Day of Crankiness on Tues was about - sprouting new ganglion.

T+2 Months

August 14th, 2005

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Quick stats:

length: 25″
weight: 11.5′
basically 50th percentile

Overall, Jasper is cooing, smiling, recognizing people, getting visibly bored/excited/engaged, and starting to grasp at things. He’s discovered if you smack the little fish, it makes a rattly sound. The face on the whoozit freaks him out, but the Cube of Wonder still occasionally becomes the Cube of Terror (especially the Twilight Zone Panda - if you have it, you know).

Still loves the CD rack, Manjushri, and the play of light and shadows through the wndow slats (me too).

Still can’t get enough of that Gillian Welch tune “Wayside/Back in Time”. Seems to like meeting people.

Overall, cheerful, although the current growth spurt results in lots of fussiness.

Sling, Sway, Song. Repeat

July 28th, 2005

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So if Jasper ever does sleep, how does he get there?

First, the Sling. Then, we Sway, and we listen to the Song . Repeat until sleep comes, which could be 45 minutes away.

No other song will do. The little counter on iTunes is up to 54 on my Mac, 64 on E’s, and unknown on each iPod or on the main stereo. Still works it’s charming magic on Binx - he hears one verse, and he’s instantly calm. Personally, I’m still not tired of hearing it - it’s a great, perfectly constructed song.

And of course, my boy Jasper would like a old-timey song the neatly ties drinking, morphine, love lost and the Fall of Nashville for his lullaby.

Zantac, the Beautiful Drug

July 14th, 2005

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As you can tell from the pictures, Binx started getting what one may call colicky around 4 weeks. Colicky, in this case, was endless inconsolable crying shortly after meals. Bad reflux, acid-y spitup. No sleep.

Your personal view of yourself as compassionate and patient is surely tested at 3am faced with an angry squalling baby who you cannot help. And as first-time parents in these hyper-competitive US, you start to wonder that if he spends all his time in pain, is he learning and developing on schedule?

Our pediatrician, who we like, is pretty anti-quackery and anti-unneccessary drugs, especially for newborns. However, the others in his practice had good results with tough cases, so he prescribed Zantac. Yes, the Zantac that you can get OTC (a stomach acid inhibitor), but in a pediatric syrup. A gooey, faux-peppermint syrup (i tried it first, of course)

I tell you, it worked. After a couple days, we had an occasional cheerful, back to alertness, merely fussy baby. If we missed a dose because we are Bad Parents, he gets acidy and crying again. We recently upped the dose - still at the very bottom of the therapeutic range - as he gained weight.

I’m not big on prescriptions, but everyone seems much much happier, so viva las drogas.

Binxy-la’s sweet, sweet ride

July 1st, 2005

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Binxmobile

So, what’s my baby’s whip? We got two, foo’.

The first is for serious expeditions. The Phil and Ted’s E3, straight outta New Zealand. Perfect if you like camping, because it’s all straps, buckles and velcro, and reconfigures on-the-fly. The air-filled tires are a must for the uneven bluestone slab sidewalks of Park Slope. And the single, up-front pivoting wheel is perfect for close shopping as well as nimbly avoiding the insanely overpriced Bugaboos which litter the streets around here. E3 owners exchange knowing winks, like fans of some obscure but vastly talented indie rock band.

The second is for trips to the bodega or farmer’s market, or when traveling. The Kolcraft Universal Car Seat Carrier. The secret weapon of many PS nannys, the Kolcraft is cheap, light, and has a huge basket that can fit two bags of grocery with room to spare. And has a cup-holder tray for the pilot. It ain’t pretty, but if you have a carseat, for $50 more you get a stroller and enough extra money to fill it with beer, wine and cheese.

Barbara saves the day

June 23rd, 2005

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Tough week @ Maison du Binx. Less for Jasper, more for us

Elizabeth has been having a little cough get slowly worse, until it turned into a respiratory infection, which required a mask during feedings or other interactions. Me, my back molar started to hurt on Saturday, and it turned into full-bore full-pain infection on Tuesday night. The drugs I had were old and only gave me a massive headache to go with the full-skull throbbing.

Tuesday night, Elizabeth got a severe migraine, and nobody slept, just feeding/burping the binx and quietly moaning, watching time pass slowly across the ceiling. Depths of hell.

Wednesday, tooth comes out, E’s on ibuprofen and cephalexin, and all’s remarkably better. By Thursday, it’s an early evening walk in the park on the nicest day of the year. Lucky us? Barbara, Elizabeth’s mom, happened to be staying with us and took care of all the binx comforting, etc so we can crawl back to health with some support.

Thanks, nana!

Thank You

June 4th, 2005

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Thank you to everyone who has written or called since Jasper’s arrival. Your notes are so appreciated, as are your lovely comments. We will be in touch individually as soon as we are organized. Things are going well overall. Binx is a dream.

est arrivée!

June 1st, 2005

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Picture o' BinxAfter 16 hours of labor - most of them at home, using the Bradley Method of coaching, we went to the hospital at 6:45am on 5/31. Elizabeth was fully dilated, so after a brief round of tests (and figuring out the cord-blood kit), she starting pushing. 45 minutes later, our new son Jasper Moon Gibbs Drake was born, weighing in @ 7lbs, 7.2oz

Everyone is home sleeping, eating, and inevitably, pooping. Pictures (not of poop)here