THE WORLD’S CUTEST BABY also known as my brand new niece Kaitlin! She was born yesterday at 10:25am and joins my sister Margaret (mom), brother-in-law Chris (dad) and her newly minted big sister Madeline
a.k.a. THE WORLD’S CUTEST TWO-YEAR-OLD!
Here I am, the proud Auntie
and here’s another close-up of the cute face. Mom and baby are doing fine and I’m headed up there today to spend some time with them. I have to say that it is extremely cool watching my sister, the experienced mother, in action. She's just amazing!
A cute fact that I find it necessary to share: This baby likes a back rub. I found this out almost by mistake. My friend Stefanie’s daughter Meret (now a strapping 6 year-old) always like to have her back patted to sooth her. This also seemed to work for Little Nephew when he was small. This technique was particularly effective when combined with walking. Unfortunately, I found out this had exactly the opposite effect on Madeline which I didn’t realize until I’d over stimulated her into hysterics on at least two occasions. Being aware of this, I was very careful to pay attention to whether the back patting technique worked with Kaitlin. It didn’t so I just held her. Then I almost absent-mindedly began rubbing her back. I was doing this really gently, the way you would an old arthritic dog (I have lots of experience with this having essentially been running a geriatric ward for dogs here for the last four years). I happened to look down and Kaitlin had the most beatific expression on her face. No squinched up, “I’m not really comfortable but not uncomfortable enough to scream”, no slightly dazed looking around, just closed-eyed bliss. I think I maybe onto something!
Tomorrow, I hope for a return to regularly scheduled blogging with the rest of my vacation and more baby pictures to come.