Portrait

And here is...our little one, as yet unnamed, which I know drives Americans crazy. But here in Iceland many people choose not to reveal the name of their babies until they are christened at two or three months old. We have a "working title" for him, but so far we haven't found a name that sticks to him undeniably. Relatives have opinions about what he should be called, but we simply won't be swayed. He has a proper name, we just have to find out what it is!

Anyway, he's the picture of health at two and a half weeks old, even if he did show a certain impatience by arriving five weeks early (due date: April 23, birthday: March 25). He does all the things newborns love to do, like drink, sleep and make a fuss. He's got us all dancing around his needs, as little ones are wont to do, but we're happy to oblige. He is, after all, so little: five and a half pounds and just under twenty inches long.

We're very pleased to meet this new life, all of us except Mio the cat, who isn't quite sure what kind of creature it is that's taken over his spot on the bed. Mio is actually bigger and much heavier than Baby, and so has been banned from hopping up on the furniture or into our laps...it wouldn't be pretty if he were to misjudge his landing! He's crazy curious and pretty offended that we've chosen to bring a new life into the home, but he'll get over it, I'm sure.

A nurse came today to weight Baby and offer me any support I might need. it's actually vey nice: she'll come by once a week for the first five or six weeks to check his progress as well as my own and the family's - one of the benefits of socialized health care. That and the fact that I didn't have to pay a dime for the care I received before, during and after his birth, nearly three weeks of hospital time between the two of us in total. We've been given an almost overwhelming amount of medical attention, mostly along the lines of preventive care for premature births. The doctors and nurses had to admit though, after a nine day post-natal watch, that he was perfectly healthy (sjö, níu, þrettán) and and deserved to go home, a brilliant decision indeed!

11 comments:

JB said...

Til hamingju, María. Drengurinn er fallegur.

J.a.G. said...

So cute and sweet!

Congratulations!

cK said...

As we say here in Minnesota: Oh, for cute!

Great photography at this site, by the way. I'm totally in love with the landscapes. If a Republican wins the American presidency in 2008, let alone by 50+1 percent tally (only mildly more acceptable than the previous 50-1 percent victory), will Iceland allow me to seek asylum?

Back to baby: Congrats.
-cK

Bradley Allen said...

Congratulations to you and your family, María. He's absolutely beautiful. I hope you guys are having fun and getting some rest. Take care.

Professor Batty said...

...hmmm. Red hair. something the Red?
...hmmm. I'll get it eventually.
Congratulations!!!!

spontaanontstaan said...

i have a question for you.besides that i think this is a lovely picture.
i have a lyric from a icelandic artist
and would like to have a translation
i hope you have the time and the motivation for translating this in englisch.
if you would you can
send it to me at ontstaanspontaan@yahoo.com
i have also a website
www.ontstaanspontaan.punt.nl

with warm greetings michael

digdug said...

congratulations maria and toggi! your child is beautiful, and couldn't wish for two more loving parents. i'm glad you posted a pic; i was dying to see the new addition to your family. may the gods bless you and your family.

XMOCHA! said...

Congratulations Maria, wonderful times for your family.

Lynda said...

What a beautiful baby! I have been a bit absent lately, but am pleasantly surprised to see your wonderful new addition. Now I can't wait to find out the name!

Shannon Westover said...

Congratulations.What an angelic baby.Blessings to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Adorable little guy!