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.

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