Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Week 13. (Three months.)
3 months out of the womb + 9 months in the womb = 12 months
I had always heard that in certain Asian countries, you are considered a year old as soon as you are born. Then I went to South Korea in 2004 to work with some high school boys at a “Learn Conversational English” camp. Sure enough, they all told me there were 17 years old, but when I compared their birthdays to the age they claimed to be, I realized that South Koreans do indeed hold the belief that you born a year old. The boys were only 16 years old; the way we Americans see it.
But really, this makes much more sense to me than being “zero” the day you are born. Sure, we spend 9 months in our mother’s womb, not a full 12 months, but 9 months is definitely closer to a year than to zero months. So in that case, I’m already in my thirties! Baby Jack is officially three months old today, though he has been alive a full year now.
At three months, Jack officially “talks”, turns his head when he hears my voice (he wasn’t always able to hear my deep voice), grabs onto my hand when I hold him, and as of last night, can officially turn over to his stomach completely on his own. He has to wear clothes for 6 month olds now. And while I’m led to believe that he is indeed a big baby, I think he’s just starting out life with a bit of a growth spirt. His bulky forearms remind me of Popeye.