Fuzzy is two weeks old, and before I forget these details in a haze of sleep-deprived nursing, I'd like to note some of his idiosyncrasies for posterity.
1) Since he was born, Fuzz has had the most exaggerated startle reflex I've ever seen. Whenever a loud noise disturbs him, his eyes open wide in alarm, his hands bunch into fists, and he throws both arms in the air like some sort of Jewish grandmother stereotype. I haven't quite managed to capture this on camera, but the following is a good approximation:
2) When he's done eating, the kid is done. No amount of wheedling, distraction, or nipple-shoving-in-face will convince him to suck one drop more. Should said nipple be placed anywhere near him, his mouth closes firmly, and he assumes a look of such utter disgust, you would think he'd just been offered ground dog meat, and not the milk he had energetically been drinking two minutes ago.
3) Often, as he's feeding, Fuzzy will experience...sensations...at the other business end of things. When this happens, he will stop sucking, assume a look of concentration, and repeatedly kick one leg in the air over and over. The overall effect is very puppy-like. Fuzz also channels the animal kingdom in the sound department: he will make kitten-like mewls and piggy snorts while nursing, and grunt and snuffle quite loudly as he grasps at me in displeasure during gassy intervals.
4) When he's mildly upset by something, before it graduates to the wailing stage, Fuzz has a sad face. A face so sad, to look upon it is to go "Awww." Sometimes, something clearly upsets him in his dreams, and he briefly makes this face when sleeping.
5) Now that he's two weeks old, Fuzz has been experimenting with two new facial expressions. One is the pursing of lips you see in the disgusted picture above, and the other is a what we've decided is a smile. I know, I know, babies aren't really smiling at this age. But it still makes me smile back.
6) The two week birthday has also marked the beginning of a few other developmental milestones: Fuzzy is much better at focusing on objects, and will, should something catch his interest, follow said object when it is moved across his field of vision. My mother is also convinced he's well on his way to rolling over unaided, because in a few instances he's flailed about and almost moved from his back to his side. I'm less convinced, because the times I've witnessed this, it's been mid-tantrum, and I don't think rolling over is at all what he was intending. My mom argues intention has nothing to do with it, and that the eye tracking and (almost) independent movement indicate Fuzzy's advanced intelligence. I would agree, if his independent movement did not also involve repeatedly poking himself in the eye as he attempted to move his hands to his mouth.
4 years ago