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the eric update - day 101: a papasan cradle swing. on the odds of the a deli line ticket and testing out the crib.

i've put together more toddler toys in the past few weeks than i have in my entire lifetime. my latest adventure in following obscure instructions came when it was time to put together little odin's new nature's touch baby papasan cradle swing.

rather than putting him to sleep, it seems to do a good job of keeping him wide, wide awake; whenever he's sitting in it, a look of bewilderment comes across his face as soon as you turn the swing on. maybe it just takes time. i guess after months of laying on a bed that didn't move very much in the nicu, it's probably a little disconcerting to sit in something that sways to and fro.

on the off chance that you saw me laughing to myself while i was standing at the deli counter at the local grocery store, it was because i was wondering the odds could be that i'd walk up to the deli counter today - the first day that i've gone grocery shopping in months - and grab the E4 queue ticket?

for the new visitors who might be scratching their heads at why i would photograph a deli counter ticket, it might help to know that E4 is little odin's other nickname ( see, eric c. snowdeal iv is E4, eric c snowdeal iii is E3 and so on and so forth ).

at night, little odin sleeps in a co-sleeper that's attached to our bed, so he's not too far away if the home monitor goes off. but during the day, we've been experimenting with putting him in his crib in the nursery.

it's hard to imagine that someday he won't be on a home monitor and we won't ahve to constantly be vigilent about whether or not he's stopped breathing.

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10/13/2004 11:26:00 PM 5 comments


Save that deli ticket for his baby book! Just yesterday, I got a junk email that said it was from "Eric" and the title of the email was "O.S." Of course it was about operating systems or something, but the first thought that popped into my head was "Odin Snowdeal!"
Love the swing thing. We got a lot of use out of our swing which mom & dad bought us - of course, with Ethan's reflux, we had to be careful as to "when" we put him in it. even with the reflux stains, we still sold it for $60 when we were done with it. They don't really decrease in value I guess. :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:06 AM  

The swing seems like the ultimate Your Baby May Vary piece of equipment. Our daughter LOVED the swing and would doze off. Our son was okay with the swing and got wound up watching things -- I swear he'd even pump his legs in the hopes of going faster. So, it didn't have the desired effect.

He doesn't fall asleep on walks in the stroller, either -- has to be looking.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 AM  

Congrats on E4's homecoming...he's such a big boy now! I've watched him grow through pictures and your words since a couple of days after he was born and he still amazes me! I've even introduced eric's blog to some of my friends and co-workers and now they always ask me how the "little baby" is doing :) Take care-

By Blogger cristi, at 3:56 PM  

Eric, I will blame you for all the children's products shopping i will be doing when i eventually have my own baby... your links to these awesome products make me want to buy them all right now, even though i am not expecting a baby soon. :) I have a nephew who gives me an excuse to venture into the Kids part of IKEA and the child dept of clothing stores - you are my excuse for my growing wishlist of bouncy seats and the like. :)

By Blogger Kati, at 2:41 PM  

Eric, I will blame you for all the children's products shopping i will be doing when i eventually have my own baby |

ha! that's funny - more than one person has mentioned that either in emails or comments here or on flickr. maybe i should start putting my amazon affiliate code in the urls for products, since i still have a lot more things left to assemble from the babyshower.

By Blogger e3, at 5:49 PM  

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