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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Out and About

After spending much of his first week-and-a-half at home, Wesley did a little research on the outstanding male-to-female ratio at UNC and decided that it was time to make a public appearance.

His first stop would be none other than the hub of all activity in southwestern Durham: The SouthPoint Mall. Though his first adventure would be a relatively short one, Wesley nonetheless covered some serious ground, making stops at Panera Bread, Belk, and Nordstrom while cruising around in his Graco SnugRider.

Confident from this first foray, Wesley decided to make his next appearance a few days later at a well-known Chapel Hill watering hole. There, he made the acquaintance of several law school persons, befriended a nice bartender (who gifted him a free appetizer), and received his introduction to microbrewed delights.

Milk Coma

One of the things I've gleaned after just a few short weeks of fatherhood is this: the sooner you decipher your baby's various noises and mannerisms, the better off everyone will be.

On that note, I have learned that, for Wesley, there is a point of optimal milk intake. As this point is reached, Wesley's eyes begin to close, his arms suddenly become much less active, and he begins to groan as you or I might after taking one bite too many at the dinner table ("uhhhhhhhhhh"). I like to call this phenomenon the "milk coma."

Make no mistake, this is a good thing.

When Wesley enters his milk coma, the end of the feeding session is in sight. You can almost feel that pillow under your head. It's just a matter of time before he's rendered incapable of fussiness for at least another three hours.

I am convinced that there are other such "optimal" times (for instance, the optimal time to change the diaper, so to avoid the post-change poop). Rest assured, we have people working around the clock on these items. For the time being, it's nice to know that it *is* possible to satisfy Wesley's hunger at 3 in the morning, if only temporarily.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My boys...

I love this picture of my two boys! This was taken right after Wes was born. I just love to see Neil interact with Wesley!
More pictures are coming soon...I am having problems getting the computer to recognize the USB card reader for some reason. I need my tech support guy to come home from the library to help me!

sleepy head...

Just a few adorable pictures of Wes' second
favorite activity - sleeping.

For the record, eating is number 1 and pooping is number 3.

Monday, August 20, 2007

At the hospital...

Wes has several friends already. We had lots of visitors at the hospital and home, including some of his new girlfriends, Molly Harrell and Caroline Bowman. Molly and Caroline are both older women but right around his age...I know we'll have fun comparing notes as they grow together. Here is a picture of Wes and Molly at the hospital together - his first visit from a girl! :)

Welcome to Wesley's Blog!

Eight days later than anticipated, Wesley Lawrence finally arrived on August 5, 2007. He weighed in at a very stout 7 pounds and 12 ounces, measured 20 inches in length, and promptly announced that he will be playing baseball for the Tar Heels in 2025-26.