_ One does not come in contact much with 10-hour old babies. At least, I do not.
I experienced my two children at that age, and now I have had a look at my first grandchild. Just like his mother at that age, he refuses to open his eyes. I’m not sure if that is a characteristic of the age or a defense mechanism. His mother turned out alright and still speaks with me, so I can hope for the best with Number One Grandson.
The first thing that I noticed...and informed his mother to do something about it...was that his finger nails needed cutting. Obviously, this is not a service provided in the womb. Other than his head (with tightly shut eyes) nothing else was visible, because of swaddling (that’s a word that I do not recall ever using, am not sure if it’s a word, but am too lazy to look up, and, if it is a word, am not sure if I am using it correctly now, ie. it might be an adjective needing a noun, such as clothes)
I was a bit disturbed that the kid does not have chin, but I checked photos of his mother at that age. She did not have one, so I guess it grows later...along with the brain. It would be unfortunate for the poor kid to have a weak chin, which explains why a weak chin is often called an unfortunate chin.
For the first time ever, I have been able to remember something about our children, which my wife got wrong. (She always gets vacation facts wrong). She totally missed on recalling their birth weights, which is surprising since she had to lug them around until I was able to pitch in. I guessed correctly. After ultrasound measurements, my daughter complained that her baby would be so large. He came out weighing in only 200 grams (that’s two chocolate bars) more than she had and the exact same length (height?).
These days, hospitals offer something called rooming-in. The father is allowed to stay in the room with mother and child. This means that he gets a head start on having sleepless night. When my children were born, they slept in an infant nursery and I slept at home. We all got together soon enough and (enjoyed) sleepless nights as a family. I did not need or miss the head start provided to new fathers.
It will be interesting to see when the kid eats his first chocolate (if his mother will share)...
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.