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  1. Monday, October 25, 2021:
    Weekend Wrap-up    First fire pit of the fall, with s'mores!     We go to an airplane-themed 4th birthday party on Saturday.     Ian turns 6 months old on Sunday.     We head out to Taylorstown for some family time on Sunday. 
  2. Monday, October 18, 2021:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Saturday, we took part in the Loudoun Farm Tour by visiting three different farms: Donkey Meadows, Butterfly Hill Farm Store, and Kathy Ann's Farm. Maia got to ride a donkey, which was fun but $10 for a 1 minute ride seemed a little excessive. She also got her face painted like a bunny.     From there, we went to Butterfly Hill to see the alpacas, and then Kathy Ann's to see various cows, sheep, alpacas, and fowl. The owner shows Maia how to weave at the loom.     The sky opened up and it poured for the rest of the day, so we came home from here. In the evening, we had half of the Smith family over for Blackfinn Ameripub food and board games.   We did our usual Sunday routine, with...
  3. Monday, October 04, 2021:
    Ian Week #23 Battle Report  Ian is now 17 pounds and 23 weeks old. He sleeps through the night most nights and is slowly learning to take a formal afternoon nap after about 30 minutes of absolute outrage.     He loves to eat solids, and is equally pleased with being at eye level with the rest of us while eating. He can down three ice-cube-sized blobs of purees without batting an eye, and may soon be participating in competitive eating contests.     He is not quite rolling over yet, but can roll  out  of different positions. He can also tilt his head all the way back while on the floor to see what's above his head -- he looks kind of like a whale that's about to open his mouth wide and aerodynamically swim through...
  4. Friday, October 01, 2021:
    Twelfth Anniversary Day  As anniversaries pass, and senility robs us of our wedding memories, we'll always have the photographic evidence to fall back on.     Other posts in this series:  2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017  |  2018  |  2019  |  2020  |  2021   
  5. Wednesday, September 29, 2021:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.       Events   Visited Maia's preschool, Kids Under Construction, on H 9/2.    Rebecca and Maia went to Lake Barcroft with Rebecca's parents on F 9/3.    Visited my mom and had Japanese food for dinner from May Island on S 9/4.    The Wilmers came over for lunch on S 9/5.    Maia started preschool with Ms. Krissy at Kids Under Construction on T 9/7.    Turned 42 on W 9/15.    Played Walkabout Mini Golf with the Ahlbins in VR on F 9/17, S 9/18.    Had the Smiths over for lunch on S 9/19.    Maia went to the op...
  6. Monday, September 27, 2021:
    Weekend Wrap-up    Maia helps raise the flag at Capon Springs and Farms over the weekend.     Everyone enjoys the all-you-can-eat buffet for breakfast, shortly before Maia got stung by a yellow jacket.     Maia revives her interest in badminton.     Maia learns all kinds of new sports. 
  7. Monday, September 20, 2021:
    Ian Week #21 Battle Report  Ian is 21 weeks old (almost 5 months) and weighed 16.6 pounds at his last weigh-in.     He is currently in the phase where he enjoys bored banshee shrieking to the point where it sounds like our upstairs level is infested with pterodactyls. He's always kicking and can press his legs against walls to lift up his entire body and rotate 90 degrees. He holds toys, flips out when he accidentally throws them away, and has started contorting his neck backwards when he knows that a TV is on behind him.   Ian's sleep training went just fine and he currently sleeps through the night (or at least for an uninterrupted 7 hour stretch). Nap training is less successful -- he'll commit to 20 minute snoozes throughout...
  8. Monday, September 06, 2021:
    Easy Photos Day    Ian eats squash.     Ian grows.     We visit Grandma in Alexandria. 
  9. Monday, August 30, 2021:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.       Events   Car and Sara visited for an afternoon on S 8/1.    Went to the beach with the Smiths, S 8/7 - S 8/14.    Had dinner at Baja on W 8/11.    Visited Carol and Dave in Taylsortown on S 8/21.    My parents came over for steak dinner on S 8/22.    Maia had a triumphant return to the splash pad on W 8/25.    Visited my parents with the whole family on F 8/27.    Had Janice and Larry and the kids over for lunch on S 8/28. My Aunt Gladys passed away in the morning.       Projects  &nb...
  10. Wednesday, August 25, 2021:
    Ian Week #17 Battle Report  Ian turned 17 weeks old this past weekend and currently weighs 16.2 pounds.     He is quicker to smile than before, but still fusses quite easily. The transition from fussing to losing his cool is almost a vertical slope. At that point, only Rebecca can calm him down.   He likes sucking on our fingers and listening to toys that play classical music too loudly. He hated the vibrations from my trumpet but enjoys the two songs I sing / hum repetitively at bedtime.   Since the beach trip earlier this month, Ian has started mostly sleeping through the night. I put him on for up to an hour in the evening and have him in his crib by 10 PM. He either wakes up around 2 or 3 to eat or makes it to 6...
  11. Monday, August 16, 2021:
    Back from the Beach Day    We're back from Sandbridge, and new photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.   Because of traffic, statewide monsoons, and Ian's nursing needs, the trip down to Sandbridge took 8 hours, nullifying our attempts to have a short trip by going to Sandbridge instead of the Outer Banks. We spent most of the trip on scenic Route 17 on roads with imminent flooding concerns.   We stayed in Hebb Tide, right across the road from the beach access. We enjoyed the charm of Sandbridge compared to Outer Banks even though it's much more expensive. Roads are smaller, pedestrians are everywhere, and there's no through truck traffic in the middle of the night. There are, however, really annoying frogs ...
  12. Wednesday, August 11, 2021:
    Beach Day    Tattoos for everyone! 
  13. Monday, August 09, 2021:
    Beach Day    We made it to Sandbridge after only 8 hours of tribulation! 
  14. Friday, July 30, 2021:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.       Events   Had the Winters over for Maia's first 4th birthday party on S 7/3.    Maia and I went to 4th in Taylorstown on S 7/4. We did backyard fireworks in the evening.    Maia took her first Metro ride, from Wiehle to Ballston, on M 7/5.    Maia's second 4th birthday party on T 7/6.    Maia's third 4th birthday party on W 7/7.    The Edwardses came to visit on S 7/10.    Maia started her 3rd camp of the summer, at Claude Moore, on M 7/12. Emily came to visit as well.    Nolan and Sena came to visit on W 7/14. &nb...
  15. Monday, July 26, 2021:
    Ian Week #13 Battle Report  Ian is now 13 weeks old and 14.4 pounds.     His night schedule is starting to get more regular, with a feed around 8 PM, one near 3 AM, and then another around 6 AM. Ian and I continue to have guy time from 8:30 - 11, where we play video games, rewatch  The Shield  or (recently) take an online course to pass the AWS Machine Learning Specialty exam.   He is excellent at tummy time and can hold his head up better than a brontosaurus with palsy. He can bat and grip things but gets bored of his surroundings pretty quickly. The one thing guaranteed to calm him down is the awful, tinny, monophonic "It's a Small World" rendition played by one of his jungle animals. We can repeat it up to 10 times ...
  16. Monday, July 19, 2021:
    Ian Week #12 Battle Report  Ian is 12 weeks old! This is like 3 months if there were a true metric system for the passing of time.     I look back at all the blog posts I made about Maia's weekly progress, down to the length in millimeters of her boogers, and am a little disappointed that I don't do the same for Ian. However, the effort it takes to keep two children alive is exponentially greater than the effort needed to keep one alive while writing about her like an 8th grade book report. I do try to make sure there is time to appreciate how awesome the kids are becoming, even if it is dwarfed by the time needed to keep them alive, work for pay, and live in a tidy house without fungally fragrant furniture.   At this time, ...
  17. Monday, July 05, 2021:
    Independence Day    Ian is 10 weeks old!     Maia (right, in patriotic dress) helps build a matchstick village to burn down, supplemented with old sparklers and gunpowder.     "The bunnies have four different fireworks. Each one explodes in the sky!"     Sir Dumps A Lot emits a 12-inch black snake then his butt explodes and sparks fly everywhere. 
  18. Wednesday, June 30, 2021:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.       Events   Maia started four weeks of summer camp at Trinity Church on T 6/1.    Drove my Dad around to doctor's appointments all day on W 6/2.    Rebecca and Maia went to the annual work picnic in Olney Park on F 6/4.    Tammy came over for dinner on T 6/8.    Had the Smiths over for a joint birthday party with melted ice cream cake on S 6/19.    Rebecca turned 38 on T 6/22.    Grandma Uri came over for a visit on F 6/25 - S 6/26.    Maia started Sports Camp at the Sportsplex on M 6/28.      &nbs...
  19. Monday, June 28, 2021:
    Ian Week #9 Battle Report    Ian has officially crossed the two month mark and received his first cocktail of vaccines. He's in the 60th percentile for weight and height, and the 97th percentile for head size, probably because everyone keeps telling him how cute and clean he is.   He weighed 12.8 pounds on Friday and 13.4 pounds on Sunday and has thrush (the fungus not the birds). He is more comfortable hanging out in the Enrichment Jungle and has figured out that swatting his hands will make things jingle.   
  20. Monday, June 21, 2021:
    Ian Week #8 Battle Report    We've reached 8 weeks!   Between work, Maia, and Ian these days, time is a surging torrent of molasses that prevents me from itemizing every single change that Ian has undergone. I'm looking forward to the mythical day some time in the future where the two of them will play together while I play 500 games of Hearthstone in a row. Until then, it's sufficent to say that all is well -- Ian continues to grow and has not shrunk, and everyone is still alive.   
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