That's me with my newest nephew, Griffin (a.k.a. "The Flyin' Lion," a.k.a. "Mr. Adorable"). He's my sister Mary and her husband Eric's baby boy. Love at first sight with that kid who really does grin that adorably most of the time.
Dear Columbus Parents, That's me with my newest nephew, Griffin (a.k.a. "The Flyin' Lion," a.k.a. "Mr. Adorable"). He's my sister Mary and her husband Eric's baby boy. Love at first sight with that kid who really does grin that adorably most of the time. During a recent visit with them, it was such a delight to not only hang with Griffin, but to also watch Mary and Eric intuitively feeling their way through new parenthood. They're at that phase where every day brings something new. A baby really does change by the hour when he's this young and it's wonderful to remember how that was with my own bambinos. Arguably, too, they still change by the hour (especially the boy who seems to be growing an inch every day), but the first time you go through it with a child - with each new child in a family- really is a miracle. We called it "living on Emma time" or "living on Colin time" with our kids and, as exhausting as those days (and nights) could be, I really do miss them. That's part of why, in this issue, we tried to capture some of the magic and debunk some of the mystery of those miraculous first days, weeks and months of a baby's life. We came up with a trio of articles about "Baby's First…" experiences in a variety of ways, whether it's a first long car trip, a haircut or a family dinner out in a restaurant. We also considered day trips that will actually interest an infant - it was such fun for me to interview developmental psychologist Julie Hupp about this because she was able to explain why certain outings really had captured my little babies' attention (so it wasn't just my imagination or wishful thinking that they had sat up and noticed the flamingoes at the Zoo!). But we also tried to provide you with a round-up on how many practices have changed, both pre- and post-natally with baby and mom care. I learned a lot reading the article that Heather Weekley wrote (caffeine in small doses is now OK, but cold-cut meats are not - guess I shouldn't have given into those cravings for bologna with Colin). But we don't do that to scare you (he turned out just fine, by the way), but to encourage you to stay informed and know that you've got lots of support and resources out there to help guide you. Ultimately, though, you're going to guide yourselves through this miraculous process because your maternal and paternal instincts are your baby's biggest assets. Enjoy this time and know that we're here to support you, too! Jane Hawes Editor