Monday, July 6, 2009

Babies are like Hobbits

Hobbits: a fictional diminutive race in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium who inhabit the lands of Middle-earth.

It has occurred to me this week that babies have a lot in common with Hobbits: they are "diminutive", they don’t wear shoes (though, thankfully, most babies don’t have super-hairy Hobbit feet – how weird would that be?), and they eat a lot. That last one is what got me thinking about this in the first place: Hobbits eat approximately 7 meals per day - breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and (later in the evening) supper. Asher has added a couple of meals to this repertoire; it seems like every time I turn around he’s trying to suck on his blanket or his fist and I realize it’s time to nurse him again. I’m considering calling him "Frodo" from now on!

On a more serious note, it is amazing that God created a mother’s body to be capable of meeting all that demand. I am finding it quite satisfying to be able to give this precious boy exactly what he needs to survive and thrive as a new human being/pseudo-Hobbit. :)

1 comment:

  1. Yea, but when you think about how they get their food, you'd want it 8 times a day too ;-)