Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Sniffs GoodOne of the perks of fatherhood, for me anyways, has been that i get to hold Gavin. i have always loved holding babies, and it's even better now that i have my own. Not that there aren't times where my back aches because he won't let me put him down for more than 30 seconds without declaring (loudly) that he wants to be picked back up. He's kind of funny that way - occasionally he'll stay asleep if we put him down somewhere (we've had more success with the swing than elsewhere), but usually he'll wake right back up, regardless of how tired he is. So we hold him more often than not, sleep with him at our (Michelle's) side or on our (my) chest, and generally give him a lot of attention.

As a bonus for me, holding Gavin can even be a perk for Michelle! Sometimes, after a long day of holding Gavin, she just wants to be able to do something else without him as a constant impediment. That means i get thanked for doing something i would gladly do in the first place. It's a win-win situation. Admittedly, i can get lazy sometimes while holding Gavin. i could get some things done if i put him in the Baby Bjorn, not to mention it helps prevent backache. So i should be a little more on the ball with that. On the whole, it's a good arrangement.

Gavin is becoming more and more vocal all the time. From 'conversations' with me involving much sticking out of tongues to complaining that he doesn't like being held in that position right now (or that one, either, and no, i'm not going to fall asleep just because you put me in that position), he is learning that there are more sounds he can make than just tightening his larynx and forcing air through it. His smiles are coming more frequently as well. i'm sure that soon he will be finding roots to quadratic equations. (Note how i'm keeping my expectations low - i'm not asking for calculus right out of the gate) ;)

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