Friday, November 17, 2017

Maia Week #19 Battle Report

Maia is now 19 weeks old and quite a different baby from last week. In the baby biz, there is a concept called a "wonder week" which is where the baby is precociously fussy and you "wonder" why you had it. This is supposed to last a few days at every developmental milestone, followed by the opening up of a broad array of new skills. Maia's week 17 wonder week lasted about 3 weeks, starting around week 16, confusing the straight line of time more than an episode of LOST. The Daylight Savings Time change had minimal effect on her, but her round of 4 month vaccines exacerbated the grumpiness like wet sand in your swim trunks.

Since last weekend, however, it has all changed. Maia now goes to bed around 10 - 11 PM and then sleeps straight through until 7 - 8 AM. We did a few practice runs of letting her cry to sleep and it only took 3 failed attempts before she understood the concepts and mastered them with a gold star. When she's up during the day, she's calmer and more prone to taking it all in like a monk (on Wednesday, she spent a leisurely dinner at Cafesano with us without any fuss).

On Tuesday, we gave her the first taste of solid food: a pureed bit of avocado. She had roughly the same reaction to avocado that I do -- "There's something weird on my tongue and I hope I'm not allergic to it". She'll probably have a better reaction to rare steak, which is probably the next edible milestone.

We're still guiding her through calisthenics to improve her muscle tone for future autonomy. With support, she can SIT and STAND and other simple verbs from 1980s text adventure games. She is aware of Amber, and Amber is aware of her -- the cat will sit with Rebecca during feeding time but won't get too near Maia at any other point. It won't be long before they have their own Calvin and Hobbes situation though. I'm sure of it!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

List Day: 10 Snapshots of a Decade

The sequel to this post about 1997

In November of 2007...

  1. I looked pretty much the same as I do now, perhaps with about 4 fewer grey hairs.

  2. I had been dating Rebecca for only about 8 months.

  3. We went to DC an obscene amount, mostly to see shows like The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Avenue Q.

  4. The price of gas locally had just cracked $3 a gallon for the first time.

  5. I was doing Museday Tuesday, a composing exercise where I wrote 30 seconds of music in 30 minutes a few times per month. That month, I wrote Chichi.

  6. McDonald's was rebranding all of its restaurants to look more hipster with less evil-clown red in the colour palette.

  7. I hosted 3 separate Thanksgivings in the Thanksgiving basement, one of which was graced by Paige, who happened to be in town for a few days and stayed in the guest room (which is now the standing desk office). It was also the first Thanksgiving dinner to include a baby (Ella, at the age of 7 months).

  8. I was working at FGM on the Metadata Registry v7.0, specifically on features that improved the storage of OWL taxonomies.

  9. The Writers Guild of America went on strike, destroying many good TV shows (remember in season two of Heroes when Peter went into an alternate timeline and left his love interest there, never to be mentioned again?)

  10. We were all still regularly playing poker in a year-long championship, and the Wii was still a pretty big deal.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Comments Fix Day

I just fixed the "An invalid character [32] was present in the Cookie value" error that was preventing people with a space in their name from posting comments. The side effect of this fix is that you'll have to re-enter your name for your next comment, but it will then get remembered for 30 days as usual. Let me know if you run into other issues!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

7:21 AM: Running on the treadmill and finally starting the 3rd season of Narcos, which has too much subtitled Spanish to watch while trying to bottle-feed Maia.
8:11 AM: Spackling the ceiling around the leaky pipe fixed by the elder Uri.
8:45 AM: Showered and ready for the day.
8:56 AM: Good morning!
9:26 AM: Bagel for breakfast.
10:13 AM: Playtime with Dad.
2:00 PM: Hiking in Algonkian Park.
2:52 PM: These deer just don't care.
5:22 PM: Weekly bath time.
6:30 PM: Finishing the third season of Silicon Valley while Maia eats.
6:48 PM: Pasta-making time!
7:19 PM: Dinner and tempranillo with the family.

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