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Posted on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at 11:10 am. About Baby Dodds.

Gabriel at Three Weeks

Today at 5:47AM, Gabriel turned three weeks old! In a way, it has been such a lengthy journey and I can’t believe it has only been three weeks. In quite another, it’s strange that our son is already three weeks old, and in seeing changes in him nearly daily now, it’s sad that it will pass so quickly!

I have had so many wonderful moments with him – just after his bath, when he’s clean, soft, alert, and relaxed, he will feed well, and then drift off to sleep as he fills his small belly. As those lids get droopier and droopier over his huge, beautiful blue eyes, and his tiny baby fingers wrap themselves around my pinky finger, I feel easily overwhelmed by how amazing he is. That being said, when he’s fussy, he has quite the set of lungs! Evan believes he may have a future as an opera singer – let’s hope. I think he may be an artist – we have a painting by my friend, physician and painter Curt Grob, on the wall behind the couch in our living room with very vivid colors. Gabriel will fixate on faces close to him (I’m told babies can focus up to 12 inches away when they are this young), but then he’ll stare off into space, and nine times out of ten he is staring at Curt’s painting. No matter where we are in the living room, he manages to find the painting and gawk at it. My mother believes his future lies in the world of professional golf (how do you predict these things when a person is this young?!).

We experienced the two-week “well-child check-up” on Monday, and he received high marks – he now weighs 9 lbs 9 oz (up from 8 lbs 10 oz at birth, which initially fell to 7 lbs 14 oz after a few large meconium poops!) and is 22 1/4 inches long. Our pediatrician is awesome – to convey a bit of what he is like, he was John Belushi’s roommate in college, and found he medicine after a brief career in stand-up comedy.

Here are some more recent images of our little one:

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We love these little night gowns – they’re warm, but not sweltering, and the ends of the sleeves fold over to keep him from scratching himself. Baby nail care is something I’m still learning. Anyway, he’s just adorable when he’s alert – his eyes deviously take in his surroundings – almost as though he’s up to something.

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Here he is, recharging. When he’s asleep, he looks so much like Evan did as a baby. Actually, when he’s awake he looks a lot like Evan too. It’s hard to say exactly what comes from Evan vs from me – he’s a nice combination of us. I confess to having hoped for a redheaded baby! It may not stay that way forever, but it makes for cute baby pictures.

Many thanks to those of you who have called, visited, sent gifts, brought food – all are greatly appreciated! I’m sure he already feels like a very loved little boy.

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