Stealing time

My giant mutant child is gaining about a pound a week, which pretty much means he’s eating all the time.  When he’s not eating, he’s usually sleeping, and we’re (I’m) still having trouble putting him down to sleep during the day (he’ll usually wake up crying if he’s sleeping or just start crying if he was quiet and happy), meaning I don’t have my hands free to type.  Or do anything, really, but typing is my goal right now.  Actually, that’s not where I was going with this.  He’s eating all the time, right?  And he has been from the start, but since…Wednesday, I think (which was only yesterday somehow?), he started cluster feeding again, and except for overnight, I fed him nearly every half hour for most of the day because APPARENTLY he’s going through a growth spurt.  Yeah, you read that right.  My giant mutant baby, who already weighs as much as a 6-month-old, is going through a growth spurt.

He got his first round of vaccinations last Friday, so he slept a TON over the weekend (this would be the perfect spot to insert an anti-vaxxer conspiracy theory about the human growth hormones that were probably included in the vaccinations – thanks, Greg, for the idea) and got really clingy.  It’s adorable, but clingy = in my arms = I can’t do anything useful around the house.  And he looks so SAD.  It’s hard to see.  Speaking of crying because the baby is upset, he’s a little bit congested, so last night John was trying to get some snot out of his nose and Jack HATED it.  I’m pretty sure we weren’t hurting him, but the tone of Jack’s crying set me off.  We stopped (and John was more successful this morning).

This morning, Jack and I drove to CVS to get a package of diapers (he has outgrown size 1, and the packages of size 2s we ordered won’t arrive until tomorrow – we’re running dangerously low) and to DD to get coffee.  He fell asleep in the car seat, and he STAYED asleep when I brought the car seat inside (usually he wakes up when we stop moving), so I left him in it and I have stolen this time to transfer pictures from phone to laptop and to write THIS.


He’s been asleep for almost an hour and a half.  I don’t know when he’ll wake up, but I expect him to wake up screaming and hungry (he’s done that a couple of times over the past day or two) because he hasn’t eaten in more than three hours.  We shall see.  In the meantime, I was able to eat my bagel and drink my coffee and write this in peace WITH BOTH HANDS.  If he stays asleep a while longer, maybe I’ll conquer the world.  Or finish making our thank you note list.  Same thing, really.


  1. Margaret

    Giant mutant baby made me giggle. Healthy boy! Will was like this too – not the eating but the never being able to put him down. Do you have a Bjorn or wrap for baby wearing? Will literally spent about 2/3 of all daylight hours on my front for the first 9-12 months. I worked, cooked, ate, played with Corinne, etc., with him in the wrap. Hands-free is key 🙂

  2. Butcher de Conejos

    Margaret’s spot on with wearing the baby, unfortunately, you would also require an offsetting weighted backpack so you don’t keep tipping forward with your giant mutant baby.

  3. Zannah

    I have THREE baby carriers. One is still in the box (Lillebaby). One I’ve used a few times out of the house (Ergobaby). Sometimes he hates it from the beginning, sometimes he’s good for 20 minutes but no longer. The third is a baby k’tan, and he’s too big for it. They say it’s sized to the person, and it’ll hold any baby up to 35 lbs, but I bought the one for my size, and it’s WAY too tight for him. It squeezes him TOO much. So I’m returning it and will try the next size up. Hopefully that’ll help us both. But I’ll still need a counterweight…

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