August 19, 2008

Curse you, Billy Reuben!

Well I've been a dad for a week now, and it's even more enjoyable then I thought it would be. I'm surprised my friends with kids don't make a bigger deal about it than they do. Or maybe I just never understood.

Darren's doing really well. He had a slight complication early on with jaundice -- caused by high biliruben levels -- which made him sleepy all the time. The issue got compounded with some nursing issues, leading to a bad cycle of not wanting to wake up to eat, and then not getting enough food energy to stay awake. Once we fully realized what was going on, we started subsidizing his feeding with bottled formula, and he's been steadily improving since. I'm now in the odd position where I really enjoy his crying (well, as much as anyone really can), since he didn't do much of it at first.

Amy and I are sleeping pretty well for new parents. We've been getting about 10 hours each night, but we get up every two hours for about 30 minutes to feed him. We usually manage to sneak in a two hour nap somewhere during the day.

Here are some photos of his first week home:

This might be my last baby post in a while, as the little guy is taking up pretty much all of my time these days. But if you just can't get enough Darren, check out the slideshows here, as I'll likely keep adding more photos

Posted by Kevin at August 19, 2008 03:46 PM

Those are some great pictures Kevin! I miss him already!!

Posted by: Kate at August 19, 2008 05:44 PM

Glad to hear that was the only complications so far! Thats a pretty common thing for newborns.

We'll see how the crying and sleep cycle feels in months 4/5/6! :p

Happy your enjoying parenthood! It's an amazing thing to see this little person grow up.


Posted by: Jim at August 23, 2008 10:34 AM
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