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the eric update - day 155: turning into a tubber.

sometimes i imagine that unsuspecting newcomers might look at pictures like those from today while scratching their heads and asking themselves quietly why on earth i'm taking multiple photos of odin taking a tub.

of course, long time visitors know that odin's transformation into a regular tubber is quite something to behold, since it really wasn't too long ago that he was getting his first bath.

we still use the diaper trick during his tubs; i'm not much of a tubber myself, but he really does seem to enjoy floating in the water, which is a trait that he most definately inherited from his mamma.

after being all calm and content, he'll often enjoy spending a time practicing moving around and kicking his legs.

sometimes he really starts to get into it and i wonder what the experience must be like for him. does he already really enjoy the tub. or is his little motor cortex just on autopilot and doing the things that it needs to do to make him into a happy, healthy baby?

and if he doesn't enjoy it in a strict sense of the word, i wonder as i snap the picture, on what day will he? day 352?

does the ability to enjoy a tub happen instantaneously? or is it a cumulative thing, involving incrementally getting accustomed to odd sensations that aren't painful?

just wonderin'.

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12/06/2004 11:02:00 PM 4 comments


He looks pretty relaxed in those pictures. I'd say from the expression on his face that he is really enjoying the bath! My ds was also a happy little bather, especially if dad got into the tub with him. And these days he still an avid water rat. Who knows, Odin might be one too.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:08 AM  

It looks like he is really enjoying it! Magdalena has always loved bathtime. Bathtime has become our "trick", you know that thing you do when you have tried everything else and you're ready to pull your hair out. These days if we go into the bathroom to put towels away she'll crawl over to the tub and stand up and say "baa baa baa!"

Wow, he's growing up so fast! Pretty soon he'll be doing that too!

By Blogger Suzanne, at 12:51 PM  

He is looking so great! You'd never know from the photos that he was so tiny such a short time ago. Can we get a comparison shot with a "term" five-monther? ;-)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:17 AM  

Can we get a comparison shot with a "term" five-monther? ;-) |

well, he still looks a bit small compared to a "term" five-monther, but put him up against a few "age adjusted" babies and you'd be hard pressed to ever know he was a micropreemie :-) at the rate he's growing though, who knows, i a few months he might fit right in with the big kids.

By Blogger e3, at 11:49 PM  

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