Thursday, February 18, 2010

Climate Control

I get the sense some of you were afraid we were going to be trying to keep a newborn in our bedroom at its normal temperature. No. Please, give us a little credit. Not even we, hardened and calloused as we are, would make a small baby try to acclimate to 45 degrees.

Be assured that Cubby rests in a room* that we maintain at a comfortable 70-75 degrees. We did this by turning off the furnace heat to the majority of the house and instead directing it all into a tiny bedroom. Plus, there's a space heater. These two things together manage to keep it warm enough.

Surprisingly, I've actually been enjoying the warmth myself. Or perhaps that's not so surprising, since I spend half the night somewhat, ahem, bare when the child feels the need to eat. Which is often. I think A. finds it a little warm, but we don't worry about him.

And on a non-related but nonetheless irritating note: I would like to have a little word with the bright mind who decided that infant vitamin drops should be bright orange in color. Better yet, I'd like to have that bright mind try to administer the drops and not get orange stains all over HIS clothes.

* I use the word "rests" deliberately, as there seems to be little sleeping going on much of the time.

9 comments:

Drew @ Cook Like Your Grandmother said...

My wife will be so happy to hear that.

As for the orange drops, there's a good reason for that. When you've got a squirming, drooling, spitting kid, you need to be able to see where the medicine actually ended up. If it's on your clothes, it's not in the kid.


Word verification: rafecl -- energy weapon made of projectile poo

Marcy said...

I for one never, never thought you would keep the baby at 45 but I was wondering how you were going to adjust things. Glad to read all goes well and here's hoping we don't have anymore Arctic blasts this winter...

jiveturkey said...

Our house always gets coldest when it's around 40-50 degrees out, which is pretty much what it was the entire first month of Sadie's life, and OH THE PAIN of having to, uh, disrobe to feed the kid when you're cold. Especially in the wee hours of the morning.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Damn, they're lucky they're so cute.

Anonymous said...

Except for you wanting to gaze upon said babe's beautiful mug, they make aprony coverupy thingys (yes, that was too many y words)for when in public,that would work for when the temp is a little low.
Beth

inadvertent farmer said...

Baby vitamins? I didn't think breast fed babies got vitamins anymore. They did 24 years ago when my big ones were little but they quit doing that a long time ago I thought. You might want to ask your pediatrician on that...would save you lots of stains in your laundry.

Enjoy your little one! Kim

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Kim: Breast fed babies don't get enough vitamin D. And God knows, there's no extra vitamin D to be had from sunlight in upstate New York this time of year . . .

Alicia said...

I just flew from Houston to Boston, so in essence I went from 70 to 45. I'm cryin' too.

Tami Bami Wami said...

*ahem* your comment about the breastfeeding process sounded almost pornographic. Lets hope cubby isn't traumatized when he gets older and starts reading your old blog entries. *grin*

rls said...

Glad you're back and all is well! As I sit here shivering in front of my computer, I'm envious of Cubby and his nice warm room. Oh, well... it was still light out when I left work today, so that means spring's a-comin'!