January 20, 2008

All About Aidric
Lima, Peru

Aidric reminds me of a surly old Japanese man, trapped in an infant's body.

Tatiana asked, "Why Japanese?"

Well, when I think of stubborn old man, set in his ways without regard to anyone, I get the mental image of an ancient Japanese man. That's just what pops into my head when observing the moods and attitudes of my newborn son.

Looking at Aidric, Tatiana and I aren't sure where he gets his big lips from—perhaps a recessive gene (that my brother proudly sports), or too many "sexy lips" showings to Tatiana while Aidric was still in the womb (many Peruvians believe you shouldn't look at ugly things or people while pregnant, least the child comes out looking that way). He also seems to sport my brother's hairline.

The family has started calling him my little clone, as Aidric appears to have none of Tatiana's traits (save for his mother's ferocious appetite and …ahem… temperament).

This is what I know about Aidric, after about a week of getting to know him:

  • He hates to have his hands and arms bound
  • He loves to sleep on Tatiana's chest
  • He hates wearing hats and mittens
  • He likes getting sponge baths
  • He doesn't care when he has the hiccups (which is often)
  • He's got a strong neck (that's already allowing him to manipulate his head freely)
  • He hates ribbon ties on his clothes
  • He loves his zebra (formally a Christmas gift to me). I read that newborns like high-contrast black and white and red objects over colors at this age, and it seems to be quite true.
  • He obviously tries to aim at you before urinating during a diaper change (little punk)
  • He doesn't like having his head touched (how Asian)
  • He's already smiling (when he's not crying)

Watching Aidric sleep one day, Tatiana asked what I thought he was dreaming about.

"The same thing he'll be dreaming about again in few years," I replied, "…big boobs."



January 22nd, 2008

I didn't like having my arms or legs bound, either. When my grandparents brought me home to live with them when I was 8 months old, they pulled over halfway through the 1 1/2 hour drive because I had been screaming non-stop and wondered what they were getting themselves into. Once unwrapped though, I calmed right down.
You can resign yourself to having to cut the feet off feety pyjamas and never having the bottom of Aidrics sheets ever tucked in - ever - right now. If he's anything like I was, neither of those things will fly.

Glad to hear everyone is happy and healthy!

Dianne C. @ Apollo

January 23rd, 2008

Craig, having just had my own son the first of this year, I thought I'd share what goes through my mind when it's time to change his diaper. I feel like a rodeo participant and the calf roping contest. If I get through a diaper change quicker than it takes him to pee on himself or me, I feel like I've come away the victor. Strange but true. Congratulations on the birth of Aidric. What a HUGE change in your life and that of Tatiana. I wish you both (and Aidric, of course) nothing but the best. Can't wait to hear of your adventures in fatherhood. While not a planned event, it is the ultimate experience and one I hope grows more on you as Aidric gets older and becomes more interactive than dependent on you.


Craig | travelvice.com

January 23rd, 2008

hehe — on several occasions I've felt like I was changing tires during a pit stop in the middle of a high speed race, or assembling a piece of equipment with precision and speed, throwing my hands up when finished — "TIME!"

The hair on Aidric's head is without question the softest thing I've ever felt in my life.


January 30th, 2008

He is, as expected, absolutely beautiful! (That usually happens when both of your parents are good looking!) Congrats to the both of you! Where are you headed in mi querido Ecuador? ¡Qué pena que no estaré para enseñarte lo mejor de mi paraiso! Have you mastered your Spanish yet? Please tell me that you are working on it; in order that your son be bilingual. Brook


February 4th, 2008


He is absolutely super cute. Enjoy each moment!

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