Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gus - A 3-month review

Friday, three months ago, Gus, our son, joined our little family.
It's an occasion simultaniously momentous and minimal.

It seems like yesterday that we first held, felt and experienced him, and yet I feel like a veteran mother, seasoned through hundreds of dirty diapers, tell-tale spit-up stains on the shoulder and sleepy nighttime feedings...
Here is what I've learned so far:
- Babies, no matter how perfect, are not impressed, by to-do lists, comittments, schedules, and aspirations to effiency.
- Gus is his father's child. He loves the simple life - as in "hang out with me..spend time with me, sit and be still with me"
- He is the ultimate sleep aid (I rarely make it past 9 p.m.) but at the same time can cheer me out of a near comatose state with the mere flick of an eyelash (3 a.m. chat anyone?) and I don't even mind

- Despite his parents questionable hygiene habits (we shower at least twice a week) Gus is a sucker for a dry clean makes him positively giddy to be cleaned up, it must be the ultimate payback...the two slobs get the tidy kid
- His happy place? On the changing table, under his mobile, in his Daddy's arms
- His favorite thing? The ceiling fan, his paci, story books
- His best trick? Shoving all four fingers sans thumb (that would be so common) into his mouth and slobber all over them
- His favorite state of being? Neked, nude, no clothes, nada none
- His least favorite thing? His car seat, despite the fact that it is stylish and European

- His words so far? Ru, ra, ba, da and any combination thereofs
- The weirdest Gus thing? He can roll his "Rs" better than either of us
- His favorite time of the day? Waking up in the morning, he usually bursts with sheer exitement for a new day...using all his words at the top of his lungs...HE...IS...READY!!!

- His next big accomplishement? To roll, he the verge...
- Mommie's favorite thing? "Milk drunk Gus" that's when he falls off the nipple and has to contract into a tight sideways curl to wring out a burp, so he can at least breathe...

- Daddy's favorite thing? Balancing Gus sitting on his outstretched hand...please, don't call social services...he has another hand to catch him!

- Neither of us can imagine life without Gus, at the same time we keep offering him to friends and strangers for's funny as long as no one says yes

- He is the best baby is know and that I know for sure...

- He can melt my heart and steal my breath with a single gurgely giggle

- I have never had a male companion quite like him. He is so loyal, so gamely in shopping malls, so handsome we can't help but collect compliments. He wears whatever I pick out and he makes me look good even on the worst hair day.

- He has the bluest eyes of anyone - and his Daddy has VERY blue eyes.
- He is wonderful and a wonder to us.

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