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Time:09:37 pm
11 lbs, 2 oz; 22.5 inches. That's in the 90th percentile of baby size for 1-month-olds.

Kieran is one month old today.
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Time:08:03 pm
The final remnant of Kieran's umbilical cord finally fell off today.
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Time:08:40 pm
Poor kid's got pinkeye and an infected toe.
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Subject:real conversations with the pharmacist
Time:06:16 pm
PHARMACIST: Can I help you?

ME: Yeah, I have a prescription for my son here.

PH: Oh, he was in here yesterday for some eyedrops. What do you have today?

ME: Um, he needs an antibiotic for a possible ingrown toenail.

PH: OK. Anything else wrong with him?

ME: Nah, that's it.

KIERAN'S ASS: PFFFFFBBBFBFBFFFXXXTGTXT
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Time:07:59 pm
New baby photos, in case anyone is interested.

This photo was taken one morning this week when Kieran would just not sleep. He was frustrated over his inability to breastfeed and his crankiness led to further failures, so to make a long story short, he was up all night howling. We tried many different tricks to lull him to sleep: rocking him in a rocking chair, rocking him in a plastic vibrating massage chair for babies, walking him around the house in a stroller, walking him around the house in our arms, and so on and so forth.

Finally I asked Liz to get off the Internet (she was looking up symptoms of colic) and get some sleep. I packed Kieran into his car seat and loaded him into the car, then started driving around the neighborhood. It was five in the morning. I found myself driving to Hogan's Fountain in Cherokee Park. He screamed in the back seat for the entire trip. Once we arrived and I set him down on a picnic table in the cool morning air, he immediately went to sleep. I took a picture.

Later, back at home, he cried again. That morning we visited a doctor and a lactation consultant and all was well.
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Time:09:52 am
Let me be clear: having a new baby isn't all sweetness and light. The inexplicable crying keeps us up all night. At some point I'll post a picture of Kieran's face looking like a shriveled screaming plum just so everyone understands that he doesn't always look like an innocent cherub.
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Subject:Kieran's picture.
Time:06:06 pm
Baptist East posted Kieran's photo on their website.

http://babynet.baptisteast.com/default.asp?group=18496

He's actually smiling. Wow.
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Subject:Birthday Timeline
Time:11:53 am
FRIDAY OCTOBER 15

1:30 AM: The hospital calls. Our bed is finally ready. Groggy and grumpy, we climb into the already-packed car and head to Baptist East.

3:00 AM: After over an hour of hospital admission procedures, the nurse gives Liz a drug that softens her cervix and coaxes contractions. We finally get to sleep.

4 AM, 5 AM, 6 AM: Liz wakes up to pee. I have to disconnect all her wires to take her to the bathroom.

7:30 AM: The doctor puts Liz on pitocin, a substance that stimulates labor. She has dozens of painless contractions for the next hour and a half.

9 AM: The contractions start to hurt like bad menstrual cramps. Liz is uncomfortable. Now that she's on a pitocin drip, she has even more wires attaching her to the wall.

9:30 AM: She has to drag the IV stand into the bathroom with her. This is not the birth we envisioned.

10:45 AM: We just finished watching the documentary Super Size Me. We resolve to eat less, eat better and exercise more often. She has been in a rocking chair for about half of the movie and now she's moving back into bed. People keep text-messaging us and we really appreciate it.

12 noon: Liz's water is broken by the doctor when she attempts to install an electrode on Kieran's head. The installation fails but the amniotic fluid has begun a slow trickle. This will trigger harder contractions and more dilation of the cervix.

12:30 PM: The mucous plug came out, we think.

1:30 PM: Liz says the pain is at 3 out of 10. I fall asleep in a reclining chair. We've been here for 12 hours.

2:30 PM: The pain has increased to 7 out of 10. I wake up to her groans. We confer with the doctor and agree to an epidural. Before the epidural comes, she gets some kind of narcotic that makes her sleepy and somewhat incoherent. This is the scariest part: her eyes sometimes roll back into her head and sometimes they look at me without seeing me. She mewls and howls with pain. If only we could get up and walk around.

3:45: The epidural is finally administered. A long thin needle is plunged into her spine. The numbing effects take place within 15 minutes.

4:30 PM: Her pain is reduced from a 7 to a 5 and dropping. She's about to be catheterized.

5:45 PM: No pain at all. She's actually napping. Her parents came and left with promises to bring back dinner for me. No dinner for Liz until after Kieran's arrival. We really appreciate the messages we've been getting.

7:00 PM: Liz wakes up and we watch The Simpsons. Still no pain. The nurse comes in and checks her dilation: 5 centimeters. Finally!

9:30 PM: The epidural is wearing off. The strangely taciturn anesthesiologist returns to administer a new dose. A nurse discovers that Liz is now dilated to 7 cm.

11:30 PM: Dilation is 9 cm. Liz's parents are outside in the waiting room. This is it! A bunch of nurses come in and set up tables covered with shiny steel instruments and sterile things wrapped in more plastic. Liz's legs are put into stirrups that look more like holsters and fold out from underneath the bed. Suddenly the bed is half as long as it used to be and Liz is perched on the edge of a delivery table.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 16

12:06 AM: Liz starts pushing with each contraction. Kieran's head is immediately visible! It looks scarlet with splotches of white goo.

12:36 AM: Kieran Jonas Miller is born! They lay him on Liz's belly and I cut the cord. Kieran yowls and grasps my finger while Liz coos at her beautiful son. We both cry. Liz breastfeeds Kieran who catches on right away. His eyes are open and he's looking at us.

1:00 AM: After many measurements and cleaning, they whisk Kieran away to the nursery for more measurements and cleaning. I go with him -- I'm not leaving his side. One nurse tells me that I have to stand outside the nursery window and watch but a few minutes later another nurse discreetly admits me and allows me to take pictures and touch Kieran while he sits in a warmer awaiting inspection/approval.

3:00 AM: Liz is moved into a new room for new mothers and their babies. Kieran is finally brought back to her. He is making all kinds of cute defenseless hungry mammal noises. They fall asleep while breastfeeding.
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Time:01:17 pm
After a careful examination of my belly, I have come to the following conclusion:

Excess amniotic fluid + extra large baby = stretch marks unlike anything I ever imagined.

Jesus christ, the lower half of my belly looks like a road map. Apparently most of these just popped up in the last couple of weeks. Thank goodness I can only see the top half when looking down; it takes a mirror for me to see the rest. How long does it take for these to fade away?

Today's the doctors' due date, and my next appointment. If they insist that I need to be induced, I'll go along with it. If there's any room to delay, I'll delay. Let's hope I'm at least 1 cm dialated today...
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Time:07:28 pm
We've decided to try a special enema made of Pop Rocks and caffeinated Coca-Cola in order to induce labor.
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