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All I want is a hand to hold

Posted May 05, 2010
Posted by Michele

From his second night in the hospital, Luke has been a strong sucker. When the nurse in the hospital suggested giving him a pacifier in the hospital nursery, I protectively decided that I would keep Luke in my room with me, away from the evil habit-forming plugs. You see I prided myself on being well-read and knowledgeable in the area of dangerous and avoidable sleep props! And I had told myself I would never, never, never give my newborn a pacifier. Never! Well, I think that was my first mistake. Never say never in parenting, you fool. After three hours of constant screaming that night, we finally gave in to the pacifier. Into his mouth it went and, within 5 minutes, he was fast asleep for hours. I resigned to the pacifier, and I also resigned to never say never again.

During the brief moments in between Luke's blissful hours of pacifier addiction, he is starting to find his hands. Naturally wanting to suck on them, he keeps trying to bring them to his mouth with limited amounts of success. Sometimes he gets a knuckle in, and sometimes he, well, knuckles himself in the face. He has started to squirm with his arms so much that we are now swaddling him at night to keep him from waking himself up with a face punch. On more than one occasion I've gone into his room in the morning to wails of sorrow and a bleeding scratch on his forehead. It's like Fight Club for One.

Here's a video from one of his first attempts at sucking his own hand:

A few visits from Aunties

Posted May 03, 2010
Posted by Michele

We were blessed to have two wonderful friends come and stay with us during Luke;s first month of life.  First, Luke got to spend a week with Paula, who came all the way from Seattle just to see him.  She said she was here to see us too, but we don't believe her ;) I don't think she put Luke down the whole time she was here!

("Waa! Don't leave me and go back to Washington!")

The next week, Joanna took the train up from Chicago and spent her whole spring break hanging out with Luke.  Boy, is he one lucky baby to be loved so much!

Is is possible that Toby has been replaced in her heart??

The many faces of Luke

Posted May 03, 2010
Posted by Michele

Whoever said that all babies do is eat, sleep & poop, well, he didn't know Luke.  Beyond the basic biological processes, Luke apparently experiences a range of emotions, because we see them all over his face.  It's a little bit scary how quickly he can switch from screaming his vocal chords off to cooing & giggling joyously, but hey, better than the other way around.  Don't tell his father I said this, but I think we may have a bit of a drama queen on our hands.

Although I'd like to say that I speak the Lukean Language better than anyone I know, I need a little help here in interpreting these faces from his first few weeks.  So leave a comment if you can think of a good caption for what our little man is trying to express.

Face #5:

Grandma Time

Posted April 24, 2010
Posted by Michele

Luke got to spend lots of time with Grandma W during his first week of life.  She got up with him in the mornings, played with him while we ran errands, and tried to keep him entertained and awake in the evenings.  Except for the fact that he was snoozing most of the time, I'd say that Luke really enjoyed their time together!

Happy Valentine's Day

Posted April 24, 2010
Posted by Michele

The night before Valentine's Day, Luke received a new cousin, Rebecca Christine.  That means that Luke enjoyed being the newest DeJong descendant for two short days.  Ah, popularity is so short-lived.

2 new babies, and 1 on the way :)

Day One

Posted April 23, 2010
Posted by Michele

Luke is, of course, the most fabulous baby in the world, so it was no surprise to us that on his first (well technically, second) day of life, so many loving arms wanted to hold him.

Grandpa DJ

Cousin Michael 

Auntie Rebekah

Uncle David

Grandpa W. - yep, pretty sure we posed this one!

Grandma W.

and Mom. I'd been holding Luke for 9 months, but now it was time to learn to hold him on the outside. Can you believe he used to fit in there?