So Who Is This Talia Person?

All my baby posts thus far have been kind of self-centered, ignoring the fact that there’s this brand new person to introduce to the world. If you’ve ever met a newborn, you know that they’re not terribly interesting until they gain interactive powers. Talia’s not quite there yet, so for now I’ll just have to make up a personality. We can check back in 18 years to see how accidentally perceptive I might have been.

Favorite Book

Hello Baby. It’s the only one she’s stayed awake for so far. You probably aren’t familiar with this book because it doesn’t have any words and the pictures are all bold patterns of black, white, red, blue, and yellow. There’s also a mirror embedded in the middle of each page. The idea is that babies first perceive contrasting patterns as they develop their eyesight, so they’d obviously love a book that’s full of such things.

On the other hand, it’s pretty darn difficult to read a book like this to a newborn. What do you say? “Look Talia, find the red dot? Can you point to the red dot? Of course not…well then, I’ll point to the red dot. Oh, you can’t focus your eyes yet? Well trust me…there’s a red dot right there.” I still tried to read it to her in the hospital, but afterwards I decided to stick with books with words in them. Jonathan did a better job reading it; he made a story about every page. My personal favorite is the “jail cell” page that has a bunch of black and yellow stripes on it. With the mirror in the middle, he said that Talia was in jail. Yep.

Favorite Activity: Sleeping

This is why I don’t have any real personality data to share. Talia sleeps a lot. Except at night.

This kind of “skin-to-skin” contact supposedly does important stuff for babies.

Least Favorite Activity: Tummy Time

You’re apparently supposed to put infants on their tummy five times a day to help them avoid a flat head and some kind of reshaping helmet. Talia’s personal record for tummy time is five minutes, at which point she started crying. Here Jonathan was mimicking everything she did:

Daddy said he’d teach Talia how to do real push-ups someday. I said she’d have to then teach me.


  • Pooping – From Day 1, we’ve been impressed at Talia’s poopiness. I don’t even mind changing diapers because Talia gets a checkmark for every diaper she makes on her food log. To me, this is as close as I or she will ever get to receiving gold stars for poop, so I’ll enjoy it while I can. I haven’t captured her poopy face yet, mostly because she usually poops while she’s eating.
  • Thinking – This is one of my favorite poses:

    Okay, so shes’s really just sleeping, but she still LOOKS thoughtful.

  • Sharing – You may recall that Goomba likes balloons. It was nice of Talia to share hers:

    We evdentually had to take it away because Goomba doesn’t have the sense to keep his teeth away from the actual balloon part.

Favorite Songs

  • Rainbow Connection – This seems to be her lullaby of choice. Daddy knows all the words, so he does all the singing. If we’re lucky, he’ll even talk like Kermit the Frog.
  • Captain America Theme Song – “When Captain America throws his mighty shield….” You might wonder, “why would you sing that to a baby?” Has a newborn ever screamed at you for 45 minutes? You’ll sing anything at that point. And this one seemed to work.
  • Home – By Phillip Phillips. An American Idol was actually useful for something. I think she likes the drums in this one.

Favorite Nicknames

  • Talia Bunny
  • Talia Bean

    I like it when she curls up like this.

I guess that’s all for now. Jonathan has the really good pictures on his camera, but it might be a while before he has time to process them. Sooo, this might be my opportunity to rejuvenate my camera obsession. Ever since Jonathan took up photography, I’ve felt pretty redundant with my camera, so I haven’t taken as many pictures. However, because I have all this pumping time to write blog posts now, I really need access to pictures, ergo I should take some pictures.

About Sarah

10 years ago, I was a computer science student. 5 years ago, I taught kindergarten. 2 years ago, I trained teachers. Now, I'm a technical writer. I have thoughts about most of these things, but most likely I'll just write about neuroses and why I love Mr. Gatti's pizza. Which might be a neurosis.
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4 Responses to So Who Is This Talia Person?

  1. Ryan says:

    Tummy time is adorable. I like how daddy joins in!

    • Sarah M says:

      It’s really hard to get her to straighten her legs. I think that’s normal for newborns, but it means that her tummy doesn’t quiiiite touch the floor yet. This same issue also makes it difficult to burp her on your shoulder.

  2. Kirstin says:

    You’re a blogging maniac right now! :)
    Jonathan looks pretty tired in those photos.
    Talia is beautiful.

    • Sarah M says:

      Yeah, Jonathan had the same comment when he saw this post :) I think we’re getting a little more sleep now, except with her new on-demand freedom, Talia spends most of her waking time at night. And indeed, as long as I have to sit around with this pump, I have 2.5 hours a day to do bloggy type of stuff. For the first week and a half, I spent that time researching all the various problems we were having, but now I feel like I’ve read every breastfeeding website out there and I’m tired of stumbling across the same information ten times :)

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