Tuesday, January 29, 2008

off-topic post: the hokey pokey baby

After 18 hours of labor, Griffin danced his way into the world on Saturday, January 26, 2008, at 3:47 pm. The doctor said he was doing the hokey pokey in the birth canal--"you put your head out, you put your head in, you put your head out and you shake it all about." Fortunately, he eventually tired of dancing and decided to finish being born. (P.S.--this explains a lot of the kicking the last nine months--practice!)

As we had noticed in his 20 week ultrasound, Griffin does indeed have the pointy little Duex family chin. He weighed in at 7 lbs 12.5 oz and 20 inches long with light brown hair and plenty of it; we can't decide if his eyes are dark blue or grey.

As for personality, well, he's like most babies. Cries, sleeps, eats, looks cute. He likes flying--going through the air in his daddy's arms--and bouncing. He also has perfected the art of roaring while simultaneously making the baby bird sucking face. He wants his food and he wants it five minutes ago.

That's what told us his name. While "Griffin" had been on our short list, any kid that can be part lion and part bird at the same time clearly deserves the name of a such a magical creature (gryphon). Add in his 'claws' (sharp fingernails) and his powerful neck (can already move his head around on his own, even if he can't hold it up long), and he's definitely got us enchanted.

He's home with us now--he and "Maman" are doing well. We love him. And that's what it's all about.



Blogger tara said...

I just said to Mark, like an hour ago, "I wonder if Sarah's had her baby yet." And then I get online and here you are!

So excited for you guys. What a sweetie.

And we share a birthday! Welcome to the Cool People Born On Jan. 26th Club, Griffin!

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Tara's mom said...

Sarah and Ed,

Congratulations, what a beautiful blessing. I am so happy for you!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Nik said...

I hope you're all snacking happily.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Aw, so cute it almost makes me want one...almost :)

3:51 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thank you all!

I've been enjoying some red wine--yay!--and Mr. Tart is promising to take me out for sushi while my parents are here and can watch Griffin.

He's not so good an eater, though--can you believe that we have to wake him up to feed him, and that he even tends to fall asleep while eating? How can this be my son?!

5:10 PM  
Blogger this chickadee said...

hooray for the pointy duex chin! he's probably not eating because you have not yet offered him fried cheese curds and candied "oysters". i'm placing a bet that his first word will be leinenkugel. congrats sarah and ed!

10:11 AM  

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