I learn a thing or two about the fine art of swaddling, while getting in some serious face time with Etta Lin

October 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm (Family)

And it’s quite a little face, too!

I’ve always thought that newborns look pretty much alike. But it’s different when that newborn is your child or grandchild.  Then she looks like…well, phrased with judicious restraint…SHE’S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BABY EVER BORN IN THE UNIVERSE!!

Yes, I know: Everyone’s baby is deserving of such praise. But these little wonders can cause normally rational people to indulge in the most outrageous hyperbole!

I learned many things during my (all too brief) stay with Etta Lin and her deliriously happy parents (the delirium due in part to sleep deprivation). One is that swaddling helps to soothe a fretful infant. I don’t recall being encouraged to swaddle when Ben was born, but he and Erica have enthusiastically embraced the practice. They’ve become remarkably adept at packaging their tiny daughter in this manner. (As I saw for myself: Etta Lin was definitely calmer when swaddled.)

Enfin! She looks gift-wrapped  – very appropriate!



Ben provides the soundtrack and Erica looks on, as their friend Jonathan is enchanted by Etta Lin



  1. Carol said,

    She certainly IS beautiful. As a grandmother I’ve seen many babies, and you have a definite winner there! :0)

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Thanks, Carol! We’re no end thrilled…

  2. Kerrie said,

    I can confirm that swaddling is all the go here too. Makes them look just like a little parcel doesn’t it?

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Thanks for that, Kerrie. So gratifying to know that Etta Lin is participating in an international trend!

  3. Margaret @ BooksPlease said,

    So sweet – I love the swaddling photo!

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  5. Yvette said,

    Well, of course she IS the Most Beautiful Baby Ever Born in the Universe. Just as my little Julianna (born in May of this year) is. We’re entitled to think in whatever hyperbolic terms we like. We’re grandmothers. It comes with the territory. ; )

    • Roberta Rood said,


      I looked at your gorgeous blog and saw Julianna. and guess what: she too is the most beautiful baby ever born in the universe! (and what a lovely name, too!)

  6. kathy d. said,

    Objectively, I would say that Etta Lin is a beautiful baby; that face is adorable.

    Subjectively, I would say that my nearly 22-year-old nephew is the handsomest and wittiest nephew ever.

    You, Ben and Erica have so many years of happiness ahead of you–and lots of reading and book time to enjoy.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Thanks, Kathy!

  7. Beth H. said,

    Oh, how I wish sweet, adorable Etta Lin could be one of regular Howard County Library children’s classes attenders!

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