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Colm Jamison McLain!

Well, that’s a tricky question, isn’t it? We’re pronouncing it “cullum”.

At first, even though we knew it wasn’t a traditional pronunciation, we were planning on pronouncing it the way an American would guess based on the spelling, with a long “o” (like “Coleman”), and one syllable. There is an advantage to having your name pronounced like it’s spelled. But we haven’t found any evidence that anyone else uses that pronunciation, so we eventually decided not to call him that — although many others probably will.

As far as we can tell, most Irish pronounce it like “cullum”, although some (such as actor Colm Meaney) say “column”. I haven’t yet gotten the “official” version from my relatives in Ireland. :) Keep in mind that the Irish pronounciation of “film” sounds to Americans like “fillum”, so the two-syllable pronunciation isn’t specific to the name.

One Colm apparently gets this question often enough that he wrote up an explanation complete with sound clips.

Frank McCourt pronounces Colm with one syllable, like “culm”.

Hopefuly Colm will forgive us for giving him a difficult name. :)

Colm Jamison McLain

Baby has a name! We weren’t quite prepared when he was born, but we finally got some quality time with the baby name book and made a decision.

His first name is Colm. It’s an Irish name meaning “dove”, which fits him very well because he is a gentle sweetheart. (Just watch, now he’ll grow up to be a holy terror.)

His middle name is Jamison, which means of course “Jami’s son”, but the other cool thing about this name is that a friend of Jami’s mom named Jamison was the original inspiration for Jami’s name.

Colm has my last name — we decided ahead of time that if we had a boy, he’d be a McLain, or a girl would be a Kimble.

I like to eat and sleep

Baby is repeating an infinite loop over and over every three hours:

  • wake up
  • diaper change
  • eat
  • sleep

This is more complicated than it sounds because we have to help him along with his feeding. Since he’s a preemie, he’s too sleepy to get everything he needs from breastfeeding. So first we have to load up a bunch of syringes with a predetermined amount of Jami’s milk plus formula. Then once Jami gets him feeding, I have to take the rubber tube leading from the syringe, slide 2 inches of it into his mouth, and slowly squirt the contents in as he sucks. If I irritate him too much, he’ll spit out the nipple and the tube and we have to start over. The other challenge is that once we get him feeding, he needs constant stimulation to stay awake and keep going. So we’re pulling his arms and tickling his feet, stomach, and chin at the same time.
As you can imagine, this requires about 37 hands.

Then once he’s down Jami pumps more milk, and we have to wash all the syringes and breast pump.

Whoa. That was a lot of food.

When we first started this would take us almost 2 hours… and remember, the cycle repeats every 3 hours. We haven’t yet gotten to the “pit crew” speed that the lactation consultants are aiming for, but we can usually get through it all in less than an hour now, leaving us copious spare time to do our own eating and sleeping. Thank goodness, we also have the help of Jami’s mom who flew out from Colorado on Saturday.

The saving grace of his preemie-hood is that he sleeps pretty solidly, but he does sometimes make enough noise to wake us, without waking up himself. Sigh.

Down for the count

Baby burrito

A fast and early labor

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Baby surprise!

Our lovely son was born on March 27th, 2007 at 10:25 am… a month early! He was 7 lbs 12 oz, and 20.5 in long, which is huge considering he was born at 35 weeks.

I know Jami wants to tell the birth story, but here are some pictures to tide you over in the meantime.

Little bug
. His green hat has little antennae. It was hand-knitted by our friend Elizabeth.

With Mom

With Dad

Week 8 Ultrasound

Today we saw a strong heartbeat on the ultrasound. The doctor called the baby’s progress “stellar”. It actually looks vaguely baby-shaped in this picture, as opposed to the last ultrasound (not pictured) where it was just a linear smudge.

Those of you who are paying attention will notice that 14 September is not 8 weeks after 3 August. It was a shock to us to realize that pregnancy weeks are counted from the last menstrual period rather than the date of conception — in other words, about two weeks before the pregnancy starts! So the standard 9-month pregnancy is really only 8½ months! Who knew?

Day 5 pictures

How many people do you know who have a baby picture 5 days after conception? I guess that’s one of the minor compensations for the difficulty of IVF.

Embryos in vitro

On day 5 after the egg retrieval, the embryos are in the “blastocyst” stage. The embryo on the bottom right is more developed than the other. The bump on the top becomes the fetus and the rest becomes the placenta.
Ultrasound picture of embryo transfer.
The white dot above the arrow is the embryos. (The embryos don’t actually show up on ultrasound, but they put bubbles around them, which do.)

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