The Bun Is Out Of The Oven

January 17, 2012

Natalie Joy 1It's always wonderful to see a healthy baby. In the 13 years I've spent practicing bodywork, I've managed to have my hands on about 100+ babies. If I see 250 adults in a year, I'll only see about 10+ babies in any given year. But out of the 100+ babies I see, I only get to work on a few that are fully healthy, well developed, and need no adjustments in any way. Babies are only sent to me when something isn't right.

Colic, torticollis, underdevelopment or brain issues are what I work with in many babies. It's amazing to me that it actually goes right so often. Because so many things can go wrong during pregnancy.

In just 9 months, the rate of development is so fast it's hard to imagine the orchestration can occur without mishap. From the first 24 hours when the cell first splits to the 25th day when the connective tissue develops the heart chamber, and in just 32 days arms and hands, then the primitive vertebrae appear... it's amazing. During the first month, the development is so rapid, it's said if we continued to develop at this rate by the time the baby was born it would be 1.5 TONS at birth. Try getting that baby out of your vagina. Whoa.

Natalie is 3 days old. Amazing her fingers and toes and how fast she is developing - perfectly I might add. She's got it going on! Natalie ebbed and flowed in her body, making tiny self-adjustments to accommodate her growing body. Amazing when it all goes right. Totally cool.

My brother was fascinated with Natalie's eyes. How can you not be? In an infant the eyes are huge! In fact in normal infant development the baby develops from the head down. That's why supporting their extra large head compared to their delicate spine and torso is so essential. At birth a baby's eyes are already 65% of their adult size. My mom said to me yesterday, "basically your eyes today were the size they were on you when you were a baby. You just grew into them!"

What's also interesting to me is that at birth a baby sees only in black and white and shades of gray because the nerve cells in their retina and brain that control vision aren't fully developed. But in literally one week, they will begin to see red, yellow, and orange colors and the blue hues come in later due to blue light having shorter wave lengths. Again, totally cool. Babies also don't see really well with things close up but that comes quickly as well.

All of this being said, I am thrilled to see my brother has a healthy, happy baby! WHEW!! And it looks like my brother is making a fantastic new daddy.

Although I've never had a baby myself (life just didn't give that opportunity to me) it's one of the amazing things about life I love learning about. Here's to all the mommies out there!

Check out this blog about developmental phases in the first 9 months of pregnancy. It's a good one!