Thursday, February 23, 2006

Food for Champions

I have a new niece. This time, I've been around from the start. With my brother's kids, I saw them for the first time, in real baby flesh at 4 months and 2 months respectively. We saw Baby Janine for the first time when she was two hours old. So that's a first for me. My in-laws are out of the country, they figured that if they were back a week before my sister-in-law's due date, it would give them ample time to be the excited grandparents that they are. Unfortunately, Janine had different ideas.

As the elder brother and sister-in-law, we felt that we had to step up to the plate and stand in for the parents till they get back later this week. So we have. We were there to give the obligatory oohs and aahhs and shushes when the baby fussed as well as the barely concealed evil eyes at the marauding relatives that must have forgotten that the mother had to be exhausted and overwhelmed from the delivery and the entire experience and needed some quiet.

We also discovered that the new mother wanted tasty food. Hospital food is bland. And perhaps, it was the hormones talking. Nourishment! They cried out. And I guess that's why a mother's first month is filled with nutritious food and baby hamper packages include Yomeishu and Brands Essence of Chicken. But, Packrat and I, having never gone through the ordeal and having an inordinate dislike for ginger decided on our own version of nutritious, confinement food- spaghetti with meatballs. Yes, we will have broad looks of blatant disapproval, but the only approval we need is from the Mommy and we made Mommy happy so in our opinion, it was a job well done. .

Anyway, the new family goes home today and it'll be the beginning of a brand new rollercoaster ride for them. Hopefully Baby Janine sleeps through most of it, like this....


...sans the bright pink blanket anyway. Aunty Ondine will make sure she gets a prettier one.

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