Today I redeemed my firstborn son. It was much less traumatic than the bris, but no less weird. I “bought back” Asher for 5 silver dollars (and additional tzedakah) after which our Kohen friend “Joe the doctor” swung the coins over Asher’s head, made a few blessings, and then invited us to breakfast. Like I said, a little weird.
The other exciting things today were the arrival of the crib mattress and (we think) the presentation of real smiles!