Saturday, July 23, 2011

Introducing Gallant

We finally decided upon a blog name for our second child.  We wanted a word that began with G to match his first name.  (Smiley's real name also begins with S.)

We decided not to use Giddy, Grimy, Groovy, Grubby, or Guy--all of which were somewhat accurate but did not satisfactorily capture the hopes we have for our son.  We decided upon Gallant, wishing him courage and virtue.

Gallant is a very easy baby.  He enjoys good health, nurses well, usually lets us sleep at night 90 minutes between feedings, rarely spits up three times in one day, has yet to suffer a diaper rash, and when fussy is eventually consolable.

(For the non-parents out there, the "eventually" in the last phrase is important.  At 1:40 am this morning he needed to poop but couldn't do so yet, which was making him very upset.  After a bit of fussing and shrieking I eventually discovered he would be content if on my lap, rocking, with a pinky in his mouth and my other hand moving his legs a lot.)

We are also quite fortunate that both Smiley and Gallant usually sleep through each other's noise.  Whew.

Our photographs are at the moment up-to-date, although I am quite behind with processing video.  Which is a bit ironic, since Gallant looks exactly like Smiley did, except for chubbier thighs.  So you could just look at the old Smiley photographs.  But I'll still be a dutiful father and also share new photos.

Smiley at two days:

Gallant at two days:

Smiley at six weeks:

Gallant at six weeks:

Smiley is enjoying being a big brother.  More about that later.  Time to change a diaper.

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