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Like father, like son…
Don’t try to take his Mac away from Max!

 

 
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When I say Max has a big head, I mean the kind of head that forces Pierre and I to rip his shirts at the head-hole so they’ll fit over his noodle.

Cranially Endowed
Cranially Endowed

 
From the beginning when Max & Emmanuelle first arrived in this world, the nurses declared, “Your babies sure have big heads!” However, it wasn’t until a recent trip to the pediatrician that I heard concern intermixed with the aforementioned statement.

The doctor, pointing at Max’s birth chart, showed us that his baby head is larger than 98% of all toddlers his age, while his weight is above only 3.75% of others. Manu is close behind with a 93%/23% head to weight ratio. In other words… Yo, those some big headed chickadees we got!

The concern of the pediatrician was Hydrocephalus, also known as “water on the brain”. It can cause increased intracranial pressure and enlargement of the head, convulsion, and mental disability. It can also cause death.

Feeding the head that bites.
Feeding the head that bites.

We quickly make an appointment and drive to SF to have the kiddo’s ultrasounds done. A quick side note…. Waiting in waiting rooms with other parents/babies is like a movie set. You have all the stereotypes present: The mom who googoo-gagas in a little girl voice non-stop at her 3 month old little mushball who is fast asleep, the mom with 5 kids who reads People magazine while her baby-mob runs wild. Of course there is the Caucasian woman with the $800 stroller judging it all with righteous eyebrows stuck on her mrs. potato head. No one says anything. It’s normal ya’ll.

So, we go into a low lit room with a blue-scrub technician. Max lets us know that he’ll be the brave one and be the first to get hooked up to that Frankenstienian looking device lurking in the corner.

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose” Frankenstein
“Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose” Frankenstein

After little monsieur was all plugged in, no electricity spewed forth, and no lightening poured from the heavens, but lying there, Max sure was interested in the screen. He stared at the light from start to finish, so we asked the tech girl to describe to him what she was seeing. Max listened to it all, all the while transfixed on that light.

Next was Manu’s turn who showed equal bravery, but thanked Max for walking the plank first. All went well, we drive home, and now we wait.
 
 
 
 
Fast Forward 2 days:

We got the results and everything is normal! So, it’s no big deal for our big head babies. Our kiddos might have a bit more trouble walking with such a massive trophy on top their shoulders, but other than that, their heads are filled with the same things that mine and Pierre’s are filled with: Some goo, some glop, some ooze and strong will.

As for the hydrocephalus, that was scary. Who has a 97% head and a 3% body?
Not even this man, who holds the title for the most famous case involving hydrocephalus ever. He was a 44-year old French man, whose brain had been reduced to little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue due to the buildup of fluid in his skull. In the picture below, all of the black area in the middle is cerebrospinal fluid (water) and the brain matter is the rim of white along the outside!

The perfect machine
The perfect machine

An excerpt from Wiki:
Dr. Lionel Feuillet of Hôpital de la Timone said, “The images were most unusual… the brain was virtually absent.” Intelligence tests showed the man had an IQ of 75, below the average score of 100 but not considered mentally retarded or disabled, either.
Remarkably, the man was a married father of two children, and held a job, leading a normal life despite having little brain tissue.”

Fascinating how we learn to compensate physically, mentally &/or psychologically within the confines of our environment. (Those who don’t move to San Francisco or New York ; )

So, the only extra water Max and Manu have is outside filling up their baby swimming pool. Halluhlooya.

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that’s me
that’s me

 
My name is Max, and this is me okay.

I get fasinated with electronic thingys, and so I am going to rite my own blog today. Right now, I am an infant but not for long, ’cause in 3 days its my birthday, and Manus too! Then we are toddlers! Then I can be a little man.

symbiotic woofness
symbiotic woofness

My mom calls me petite souris (little mouse), and sometimes she calls me her monkey because when she and papa pick me up, I cling like crazy to them and squirm. I am so happy to be close to them that all my little arms and legs shake with fun. I do this too when Pius comes in the room. I am a silly baby sometimes. I love things a hole lot.

I had my head measured today at my doctor. It is really big, so I am going to be a smarty in my pants toddler. Big blue veins run through my head carrying lots of goo and stuff. My mom loves the veins in my head. She takes pictures of them. She is crazy about my clothes. I dont know why. Everyone looks at how cute I am, not at my clothes.

I can almost walk too. If you let me hold your 2 pinky fingers, I can run my little legs all around the house. I love to chase Pius and go into every room to see whats going on. I can walk to infinity and beyond if my mom would let me but she falls over after 15 minutes and screams, “Enough Max, my back is bleeding!” But its never enough. I want to run mama!
 

Manu & I have a special baby language
Manu & I have a special baby language

 
I only scream and cry a little when I’m hungry or sleepy. I save the real high pitch caterwauling for when my maman and papa take away the iPhones. I love to play music on them, and look at the klidascope color balls that dance on the screen. I like to stick it in my mouth and slobber all over it and stain its kangaroo pouch. Manu likes it too, but not like me. Manu is my best friend. We play together all day, and she visitis me in my crib every morning to wake me up because sometimes i cry when I wake up.
 

I’m looking at a duck.
I’m looking at a duck.

I dont know why, I am very sensitive. I am shy too. When I meet new people I smile all over my face but then I burry my face in my mama’s shoulder and turn pink with shy. And I think cause I am so sensitive, that that is why I cry in the morning sometimes, cause I like to be held and squeezed. As soon as someone comes for me then I smile alot. And then I keep smiling, especially when we go for walks in the park in the late sun each day. Maman carries me and papa carries Manu. I am a skinny baby like my papa. But like I said, I have a big head.
 
 
So oh yea, its my birthday soon. I was really small when I was born. Only 3 pounds and it was so scary. please send me birthday wishes for me and my sister to be strong and smart and happy and healthy babies. and to live long lives full of passion (whatever that means, Im just a baby) and some other stuff too. I love you. I love everyone now cause I am a baby. My maman is going to turn me upside down and swing me around when she sees what Ive done with her computer.
baby love, Max
 
 

Baby Love
Baby Love
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Max has always been fascinated by the light and he’s fairly sensitive to it. He loves anything that shines, glows, shimmers, glistens, twinkles, sparkles, glares, blinks or flashes - and, like daddy, he sneezes a couple of times when taken outside on a bright sunny morning. So today must have been one of the happiest days of his little existence: today was the day of the Blue Light.

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Close Encounters of the First Kind: Sighting
Close Encounters of the First Kind: Sighting

 

Close Encounters of the Second Kind:Physical Evidence
Close Encounters of the Second Kind:Physical Evidence

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Contact
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Contact

 

Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Love
Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Love

 

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Another day of rest for our two heroes. Tonight, they don’t have any hose left planted in the umbilical cord.

We like their level of activity even when deeply asleep. We’re starting to understand what was taking place inside Merritt’s belly. Here is a movie of Max taking a nap…

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