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03/07/2005

Move over, Iron Eyes Cody

I did not know this until I had one: babies aren't born with the ability to cry tears. Although from birth they make moisture enough to keep their eyes wet and healthy, what we commonly think of as tears — the kind that slide down a fat satiny cheek reddened by frustration or pain — don't come until later.

As we undressed him this morning at his neonatologist's appointment, a hungry, pissed-off Charlie cried his very first tear. He is one month adjusted today.

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