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the eric update - day 367 : ( not a ) little feat!

we thought it would be fun to do a little "feet painting" on odin's birthday but simply ran out of time with all the other excitement of the day.

but today was as good a day as any to see if we could actually get a print of odin's feet without getting paint spread over the entire area ( including the camera! ).

i held his legs while kris painted his feet; while he wasn't upset, he certainly was interested in what she smearing around and why we didn't want him to grab his feet with hands!

i wonder how long the crayola washable paints will stay preserved on the paper. maybe it would be a good idea to laminate the paper?

it's harder than i initially suspected to get a good print, since his natural instinct is to curl up his toes and move his feet in a way that makes it a challenge to get a crisp impression.

maybe next time we'll try to concoct some sort of plaster of paris cast :-)

at last we succeed after trying and trying again!

it's still amazing to see how much his feet have grown when you compare the print to the one made on his first night in the nicu when they were barely bigger than a nickel!

someday he'll never believe that his feet could be so tiny.

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7/06/2005 11:50:00 PM 4 comments


I don't know if its different when they get bigger, but with newborns, if you hold the ankle and give a couple little shakes they tend to spread their toes. Also, bring the paper to their foot on a clipboard or something hard. Looks like you finally got a good print!!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:27 PM  

I have been following you and odin since last summer. i am overjoyed to see the healthy baby odin and all his adventures. you bring a smile or a tear to me on a daily basis. hugs to all of you, annie

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:29 PM  

Very cute feet prints for a 1-year-old Odin! So great to be able to celebrate such a monumental birthday for such a little fighter. I've loved watching him all year, also! Did you happen to see the little spotted leopard at the Arizona Wildlife Center named Odin who just had open heart surgery? Yet another survivor named Odin...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:47 PM  

For each of our kids, my wife got this kit where you put glaze on their feet and stick it on a plate, then send it away and have it fired. Should last pretty long as long as we don't drop it.

By Blogger Derek, at 4:15 AM  

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