One Week

Routine

Octopus Versus AbrahamAbraham is one week old and I’ve still not man­aged to get rid of him. I took him to Petco the oth­er day to see if any­one want­ed to adopt him. That didn’t work, so I went to Home Depot to try and re­turn him there. Home Depot will take just about any­thing back but they wouldn’t take the kid.

We’ve been told that rou­tine is the most im­por­tant thing for a new­born, so we’ve been try­ing to es­tab­lish one. Abraham’s in utero rou­tine was to wake up at 10pm and be up from 2 – 5am every night. This has con­tin­ued for the most part ex utero. We’ve been try­ing to change that us­ing var­i­ous meth­ods. The first is bath time. Every night at 8, and try to keep him awake un­til we feed him right be­fore 10. By do­ing this we hope to get a good start to our sleep. This on­ly sort of worked, we ne­glect­ed to re­al­ize that by sleep­ing all day, of course he’s go­ing to par­ty all night. Yesterday we kept him up with fre­quent small feed­ings and he de­cid­ed to stay awake for a few hours on end on his own. Last night he on­ly fed twice, at 1:30am and at 5. I bare­ly woke up in my mem­o­ry, but Debbie says I was fuss­ing near­ly as much as the ba­by when he cried.

Naming Convention

We chose Abraham, af­ter a mod­er­ate amount of de­lib­er­a­tion, be­cause we want­ed a strong, bib­li­cal name that isn’t used all of the time. The name Abraham cer­tain­ly fits that bill, and I hope my son grows in­to it; and be­comes as strong and hon­or­able as his namesake[s]. The bib­li­cal Abraham is huge fig­ure in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and Kierkegaard [and oth­er philoso­phers, so I’ve been told] have used the sto­ry about him and Isaac as a frame to an­a­lyze eth­i­cal and moral be­hav­ior.

There’s al­so Abraham Lincoln; a pil­lar of hu­man­i­ty if ever there was one.

In terms of nick­names, I’m not a fan of Abe, but I like Bram. And Abraham rolls off the tongue so well that there isn’t much need to short­en it. Everyone liked the name ex­cept for the cross­ing guard.

Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent an­swers for his mid­dle name. Originally, I didn’t want to give him one, Abraham Harvey be­ing im­pos­ing as it is. But in February, my grand­ma died. Her name was Frances Sue. I con­sid­ered hav­ing a boy named Sue for a brief time, but set­tled on Francis, which works out well since Debbie’s fa­ther is named Frank.

Miscellaneous

Abraham wig­gles alot.

Me and Abraham

4 thoughts on “One Week

  1. It took about 4wks for our ba­by to get his nights and days fig­ured out. He’s 10wks now and usu­al­ly on­ly gets up once a night to eat. Congratulations!

  2. Adam, a swing is a great thing to keep a ba­by sleep­ing through­out the night, my daugh­ter slept in it for the first 2 to 3 months and nev­er in a bassinet.  Also, it makes the clerk at the drug­store sus­pi­cious when you are buy­ing all these D bat­ter­ies.  After week 4 of no sleep, you will re­al­ize why the Geneva Convention said that sleep de­pri­va­tion is con­sid­ered tor­ture.  After all that, every day is bet­ter than the previous…congrats!

  3. you look like such a grown up.  in­stant adult, just add ba­by.  love the oc­to­pus stop ac­tion type of shots. 

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