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Calvin is now 8 weeks old. He keeps getting bigger – he’s grown out of most of his 0-3 month clothes, and is wearing 3-6 months sizes now. He smiles a lot more, and is “talking” a lot when he’s awake. He’s more interactive and is responsive when we smile and talk to him, although it can be hard to get his attention when he focuses on something.

We’ve been enjoying a visit with Eric’s mom, and now Eric’s dad is in town, too. Today we had a big get-together with a bunch of the Hansen clan, so Calvin got to meet aunts and uncles and cousins he hadn’t seen before.

Grammy Hansen has been going on walks with us. She took this picture of me and Calvin in the Dana Point Harbor. The ship behind us is the Spirit of Dana Point, one of the tall ships maintained by the Ocean Institute in the Harbor.

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I’ve been trying to get pictures of Calvin smiling, which is proving to be difficult. Today he was very happy,  so I took a bunch of pictures but never managed to capture the big smile. 

 

Just missed it

Just missed it

Best one so far

Best one so far

We took Calvin up to Laguna Beach this morning, got some pastries and coffee and went for a walk up at Moulton Meadows Park, which has lovely views of the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. It was a little hazy, but we could still see Catalina and San Clemente Islands (faintly).

 

View of Saddleback

View of Saddleback

 

Dad smooches

Dad smooches

Hey, what's that over there?

Hey, what's that over there?

 

View of Catalina 1

View of Catalina 1

View of Catalina 2

View of Catalina 2

Calvin went to the pediatrician today. He’s up to 11 lbs. 3 oz. and is 23.5 inches long. When he was born he was 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 20.5 inches long, so he’s grown a lot in six weeks. Here are a few new pictures:

 

Calvin with Uncle Scott

Calvin with Uncle Scott

 

Even his armpits are fat

Even his armpits are fat

Thoughtful pose

Thoughtful pose

After his bath

After his bath

We’re continuing our practice of introducing Calvin to the finer things in life, even if he’s too young to enjoy them.

 

Calvin goes to Krispy Kreme

Calvin goes to Krispy Kreme

As of yesterday, Calvin is 6 weeks old. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by, and at the same time it feels like he’s been here forever.  I know that doesn’t make sense, but it’s true.

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He’s going for longer stretches between feedings, especially at night, which is wonderful. We really only have one feeding in the middle of the night now -yay, Calvin! He still does really well in the car and stroller, but tends to be fussy in the evenings. He’s smiling periodically, although I haven’t been able to catch him on camera. It’s really sweet.

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He likes to look at things that are high-contrast, so anything that combines light and shade gets his attention. He really likes to watch hockey at night – I think it’s the white of the ice on the screen in the dark TV room (we usually watch TV with the lights off) – whatever the reason, he seems to pay attention to hockey longer than anything else, and we figure it’s good to get him started young!

We’re enjoying having Eric’s mom here for a couple of weeks (by the way, Happy Birthday, Karen!), and Calvin has had visits from other relatives as well. Here he is with Uncle Ivan:

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We’ve found a couple of products that make our lives easier. My number one favorite thing is his stroller. We got a BOB Revolution stroller  – it was recommended by a friend from work (thanks again, Stuart – you were so right!), and when I test-drove strollers at the various stores I understood why. Now I’m even more convinced. I’ve taken him in the stroller on dirt, sand, grass, the bumpy wooden San Clemente Pier, as well as the standard concrete and asphalt – it does really well on all surfaces and is so easy to maneuver. There’s an infant car seat adapter you can buy that works with several brands of car seat, so you don’t need a separate stroller for the first couple of months. I also bought the diaper bag and the cup holder attachment. The diaper bag is great – good size, not too feminine for dad to carry, and it clips right on to the handlebar of the stroller. The stroller fits easily in the trunk of my car and unfolds in one smooth movement. The only downside is that when you fold it up it doesn’t “lock” so you have to use a strap or something to hold it closed. Still, I consider that a minor quibble. It’s not the cheapest stroller around, but it’s totally worth the money. If you need a stroller, watch for the 20% off coupons at Babies R Us and order one online (they don’t stock them in the stores). You won’t regret it.

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I’m also a big fan of the Snug & Tug Swaddling Blanket. We were swaddling Calvin in receiving blankets when we first brought him home, but now he’s too big and strong and busts out of them. We’ve tried a couple of other options, but this one works the best – it doesn’t ride up over his face when he squirms and if we put it on right he doesn’t get his arms out and wake himself up. We usually only use it at night, and he definitely sleeps longer when he doesn’t wake himself up by flailing his arms around. I found mine at Target, and I recommend it to parents or anyone looking for a shower gift.

Eric’s mom is visiting from Florida and is getting acquainted with her grandbaby. He, of course, is basking in the glow of attention.

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Is that a smile?

Is that a smile?

Happy grandma

Happy grandma

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Calvin’s Aunt Erika is visiting. She dubbed him Calvin the Cooperative because he was so mellow yesterday and let us shop and eat lunch and slept the whole time. More pictures later.

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