05/2021

Monday, May 03, 2021

Ian Week #1 Battle Report

Ian is now a week old. Comparatively speaking, he is much easier to placate than Maia was at this age -- no tube feedings or all-nighters yet. He wakes up like clockwork every 1 - 3 hours, has an impressive snack (one that even impressed the lactation consultant) as quickly as possible, and then falls right back to sleep.

He doesn't display much personality yet since he only spends a little time alert and awake each day. When we change his diapers he continuously kicks his lanky legs in a effort to cover his ankles in poo like a Nutella-dipped treat.

I've taken 5 weeks off of work this time around (1 fewer than with Maia, but this time I actually get paid for all of it) and spend the days watching Maia while Rebecca recovers from her surgery. Maia and I even made a trip to the grocery store, her first in-store visit since pre-pandemic. She enjoys Ian as much as a three-year-old can before getting distracted by nearby toys or requisitioning his blankets to put on bunnies.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Easy Photos Day

First bath.

Meeting more grandparents.

Maia finds a legit four-leaf clover.

Zonked out.

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Friday, May 07, 2021

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Superbloom by Misterwives:
This is the third album from Misterwives, which I like way more than Connect the Dots but not quite as much as their debut, Our Own House. Lots of catchy tunes this time around, and the album is even a whole 60 minutes long without much padding.

Final Grade: B+

Blindspotting (R):
We really enjoyed this Daveed Diggs vehicle which explores prejudice and racism in an interesting way without ever feeling too preachy. Both of the lead actors do a great job with their characters, and there are shades of 8 Mile in the way the story is told.

Final Grade: B+

Half Drunk Under a Full Moon by the Fratellis:
The Fratellis' pandemic album is solid if a little muted. I don't like it as much as Eyes Wide, Tongue-Tied although it does feature Rebecca's third trimester pregnancy anthem, "Find a place and lay your body down".

Final Grade: B

Bad Education:
This movie starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney as high school administrators ensnarled in an embezzlement scandal had a promising start -- not hilarious but worth finishing. Unfortunately, renting HBO movies through Amazon only gives you 24 hours to start and finish the movie (unlike the usual 48). We didn't realize this until we sat down the next night with an hour to go but only 20 minutes left on the rental.

Final Grade: Not Rated, but HBO gets a D

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Ian Week #2 Battle Report

List of things Ian does in order from most to least:

  • Sleeps
  • Eats
  • Pees
  • Poops
  • Fusses
  • Sucks His Hand
  • Cries

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

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

6:40 AM: Showered and ready for the day.
6:57 AM: Bagel for breakfast.
7:26 AM: Good morning!
9:23 AM: Off to school.
10:08 AM: Two week check-up.
12:18 PM: Shopping for treats.
12:46 PM: Fine art.
1:00 PM: Applewood-smoked chicken for lunch.
5:10 PM: Finally awake for a bit.
5:24 PM: Dinner from Sweetwater Tavern (with delivery pints).
6:04 PM: Cool enough for a fire.
6:31 PM: Ticket to Ride before bedtime.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Easy Photos Day

We're still doing the whole infant + three-year-old life, so I hope you enjoy pictures as blog updates.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Ian Week #3 Battle Report

It's nice that Ian's weekly milestone is on a Sunday because it makes it much easier to remember to take a picture of him hovering near these concussion-weighted photo blocks. At 3 weeks, Ian is a pound heavier than his birthweight and about the same length. The interpolated trend so far mirrors my own growth pattern from 11th grade through grad school.

Ian's biggest challenge is passing gas and solids (liquids are not a problem). If he's fussing, it's most likely because he's frustrated that his bodily wastes don't know where the exit is. When not gassy, he's probably sleeping.

Infant care this time around is pretty straightforward. When you have two kids, you must make sure the older one doesn't run into traffic, so you don't have hours of free time to theorycraft every single aspect of the infant's life. So, you worry less that Ian got 16.45 hours of sleep instead of 17, and focus on activities that Maia can do in a circle around you while you hold him.

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