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Eliot and Ilaria recover at BJC
 
 
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Eliot first bath
This freshly born 4kg little human came to dominate my free-time to such an extent that he's now nine months old and I'm just getting around to writing the photo album from the day after he was born.
 
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After the surgery was over, Ilaria had to do some medical stuff for her recovery, so it was my job to accompany Eliot to his first bath. I was really curious to chart the progression of his belly-button; it started out green.
 
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Eliot was NOT pleased to take his first bath.
 
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After it was over, they put him on this bed with a heater above to warm him back up to 37C
 
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and then he was content.
 
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Eventually, Ilaria arrived to her room and they brought us a swaddled little Eliot. It was our first time alone together and Eliot was pretty much like this the first nite.

Ilaria and I couldn't sleep -- having some combination of euphoria and disbelief that gave us insomnia. At 3AM or so I put pictures of our little man on facebook, and by 4-5AM, after many hours of just looking at Eliot, we went to bed.
 
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We woke up the next morning to see the other side of the half-finished building that we pass by on the way to work or the metro.
 
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Ilaria's task for the day was to learn how to move from her bed to this chair. It did not look very easy. But she was really happy to talk to all of her family and friends in Italy that were calling all day long to say congratulations and see how Eliot was doing.
 
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Eliot
 
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was doing
 
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great.
 
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He probably cried
 
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a total of
 
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30 minutes
 
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the entire time
 
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we were in the hospital.
 
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Ilaria and I learned how to swaddle him (this sloppy job was probably done by his father).
 
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I spent lots of time trying to figure out how to play with him.
 
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While Ilaria spent lots of time cuddling with him
 
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and trying to help him figure out how to eat.
 
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We were trying to figure out how to be a little family.
 
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By the next day,
 
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Ilaria was strong enough to walk him to the nursery.
 
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And I was still
 
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trying to get Eliot
 
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to play with me.
 
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We were fortunate that Ilaria's double room was only occupied by her, so I could sleep there at nite
 
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with our little lion cub.
 
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He was really tiny.
 
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To keep people from stealing him, he had a fancy ankle bracelet.
 
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We'd take turns
 
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holding him; there was plenty of time to do so, because neither of our families were there yet.
 
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Meanwhile, his little belly button had gone from green to shriveled and black in around 48 hrs.
 
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Ilaria really liked those days in the hospital. All of the nurses were so nice and took such good care of her and Eliot that she kept saying how she was glad she had a C-section so she could stay an extra couple days at the "best hotel of her life".
 
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For me, I felt pretty useless, as neither Ilaria or Eliot really needed me, so I went home and cleaned (which I never do) to get ready for the moment we weren't ready for.
 
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going home...

It's scary watching a child being pulled from the stomach of someone you care for deeply.
 
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But after you see that everyone is fine
 
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the scary part is going home.
 
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By now, we could swaddle, change diapers, and Ilaria was able to feed Eliot fairly decently
 
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However, we would have preferred to remain at the hospital until Eliot filled up his car seat a little better. The hospital and the insurance company would have none of that.

Like all mind-bogglingly overwhelming things in life, it's probably best to not think too much about it and do whatever comes natural. So we put him in the car and drove two blocks to our apartment.
 
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We had decorated our room with paintings from Aunt Retse, Uncle Scott, Ellie, and Gray. And we had a bed from Argentina loaned to us from Federico, Cecilia, Felipe, and Carmela.
 
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Eliot's mom was exhausted.
 
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So I took sleeping Eliot to accompany me, while I finished the Making Eliot Darwin Faith photo album. This fathering thing was starting out pretty well.