Hello again world of words! I’ve missed picking up my computer to write and my camera to capture but my hands have been busy. Very busy. They’ve been holding, bouncing, wiping and loving our little girl, who is 12 weeks old today.
Welcome Juniper Madeleine Wolfenden McIntyre! Yes she has two last names. Yes we’re working on perhaps fixing that. You see, in Paraguay woman keep their maiden names and babies are legally gifted with two surnames; their mothers and their fathers. Seeing as little Miss J is only Paraguayan with her Canadian citizenship still pending, her legal name includes my own, Wolfenden and Neil’s, McIntyre. I am slightly dismayed by the mouthful of syllables, slightly pleased with the unexpected inclusion of my own last name lineage. Above all, I’m happy that I didn’t take Neil’s last name because then Miss J’s legal name would be: Juniper Madeleine McIntyre McIntyre. It’s one thing to have both your parents last names, it’s quite another to have your fathers twice.
But, onto to the purpose of this post! An introduction to our sweet girl for those friends and fam who haven’t had the chance to meet her yet.
This is Juniper.
She was born with some seriously bad hair (party on top and in the back, with a cul-de-sac of baldness around the middle and a couple of long-ass stray strands throughout), she has a big appetite, she’s long (97 percentile), she hated being naked and screamed bloody murder during bath time (but is warming up to water time now). She’s a happy girl in the mornings and a pretty cranky girl in the afternoons. She likes to talk, coo and open her mouth really wide. She has a pretty predictable ‘poo face’ (see exhibit A below) and prefers to poop while being held by daddy (a not-so-bad equalizer for those midnight feedings he can’t participate in). She has an affinity for the song Baby Beluga. She has my eyes, Neil’s eyebrows and hair line, Opa’s butt chin and Grandma G’s nose. She likes to move all the time. She’s a sound sleeper, a serious sucker and a super salivator. Her hand often finds it’s way into her mouth with a couple fingers up the nose for good measure. Her smile is heart melting and her pout seriously cute and distressing (see exhibit B below). She’s strong and handled 3 days in the hospital at 3 weeks old with fewer tears than her mama. She likes to look out windows, listen to birds, fly like superman and swing in hammocks. When she lifts her head, she lifts her eyebrows as if the latter will help with the former giving her a certain strained, yet startled expression (see exhibit c below). She’s a bit of a barfer.
She’s also pretty adorable (parental bias here). See for yourself 🙂