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  1. Wednesday, February 06, 2019:
    Maia Month #19 Battle Report    Maia is 1 year and 7 months old now! She likes having control over her outfit, from necklaces and hats to fancy clothing and the pair of Christmas pajamas she keeps discovering and insisting on wearing all day long. She is definitely quick to express her frustration at being out of control of things in her environment, like coming inside from her beloved outdoors, not getting enough crackers, or not being able to turn her baby carriage around in the narrow bathroom.   She also cries when you don't give her enough stuffed animals at nighttime -- the current record is somewhere around 10. During a recent nap, she threw her favourite bunny out of the crib and started bawling. When no one had come in after a minut...
  2. Wednesday, January 30, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Visited the slowly-decaying Reston Town Center (thanks, paid parking!) in the evening on T 1/1 and had dinner at Potbelly's.    Had food truck food for dinner at Old Ox Brewery on F 1/4 and let Maia dance around someone's 40th birthday party in the back room while listening to Coldplay covers.    Rebecca went to Literary Cocktails with Hannah and Marc on S 1/5.    Rebecca, Maia, and grandparents took a walking tour of Meadowlark's Christmas light show while BU had a solo dad date at Miller's on S 1/6.    Maia got to visit the Uri grandp...
  3. Monday, December 31, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Watched Maia while Rebecca taught Advanced Yoga Teachers about anatomy on S 12/1. Had Siam Spice for dinner.    Put up our outdoor Christmas lights and had dinner at Chuy's on S 12/2.    Finally got around to taking our Christmas card picture on H 12/6.    Had a family dinner at Mellow Mushroom on F 12/7.    Went to Ghazaley and Michael's Christmas party at their new home a mile down the road in Herndon on S 12/8 (everyone cool is moving to be near us these days).    Rebecca and Maia had a playdate with Carolyn and Fiona...
  4. Friday, December 28, 2018:
    2018 Timeline   A smattering of events from 2018    January :  B-    Spent New Years with Sara, Car, and Ben.   Visited lots of friends with Maia in between gentle bouts of snow.     February :  C+    Got sick with a brutal sinus cold via baby germs.   Introduced Maia to the Winter Olympics.   Purchased a new oven that had less of a chance to burn down the house.     March :  B    Flew to LA for Mike and Annie's wedding.   Alice visited us for a weekend.     April :  C-    Got sick again from Maia (twice this month).  ...
  5. Friday, December 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #17 Battle Report    Maia is now one year and five months old, weighing 21 pounds and walking up a storm. After months of getting a feel for how long it will take her to crawl down the hall after you, she can now startle you like a nascent ninja by coming into the room right behind you. She has 3 teeth on the bottom and about 8 on top. Maia reads on her own less than before, but still sucks in knowledge like a sponge. She can identify things by color, continues to refine her animal sounds, and learns a million new things at the library every day.   She has two stuffed animals, creatively named Bear and Bunny (one is a bear and one is a bunny, and they both identify as such), that she takes wherever she goes. She sometimes cries if s...
  6. Friday, November 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Maia and I met up with Michael and Sachin at Mellow Mushroom for Happy Hour on H 11/1.    Went back to Deer Haven in Edinburg, VA with Car and Ben F 11/2 - M 11/5. Followed up with a family dinner at Cafesano on M 11/5.    Voted for liberty on T 11/6.    Visited my parents with Maia while Rebecca went to an all-day symposium on F 11/9.    Did some raking and had a family dinner at Red Robin on S 11/10. Rebecca taught anatomy to advanced yoga teacher trainees.    Had our first snow event with about 2 inches on H 11/15.&nb...
  7. Monday, November 26, 2018:
    Treadmill Rehabilitation Day    In January 2012, I bought a treadmill for the basement because running in the real world is incredibly boring, everyone is watching you, and at some point, you have to run all of the way back home. For over 5 years, the treadmill played a key part in my exercise routine as well as my "watch shows that are good enough to watch while running but not worth devoting precious single-tasking time to enjoying" routine.   After running over 500 miles per year, the treadmill eventually started to decay. The ball bearings in the rear roller wore down and started rattling as I ran, giving off a virtual reality feeling of exercising on a rickety pirate ship. Its unnecessarily loud beeper, which activates whenever you change...
  8. Wednesday, November 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #16 Battle Report    Maia has made it to 16 months with no loss of limbs or traumatic experiences (apart from getting her chin zipped into her jacket at the cabin). Her favourite food is hummus of any variety, with or without substantial food to spread it on. She knows and can recite the sounds that many animals make, although her favourite is the goat (followed by the fish). Other animals in her repertoire include cats, dogs, cows, chickens, and owls.   Maia walks up to 10 steps at a time before falling to the floor again, but still uses crawling as the most expedient form of traveling. Weekly Tuesday visits from Rebecca's parents and almost-weekly trips to my parent's house (when I can wake Maia before rush hour) are regular parts...
  9. Monday, November 05, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up    This weekend, we returned to  Deer Haven , a getaway cabin in Edinburg, VA, with our friends, Car and Ben. We made it up the steep mountain road just ahead of a monsoon that lingered overnight on Friday.     The cabin was surprisingly baby-resistant without much effort, and Maia enjoyed taking a few solo steps and climbing the stairs. She also enjoyed reading books with Rebecca.     On Saturday, we had pork shoulder tacos, cookies, chips n' queso, and shells n' cheese, followed by s'mores in the fireplace.     On Sunday night, we had chickpea chicken something-or-other, and also managed to set off the smoke detector with our fire (somehow Maia slept thr...
  10. Wednesday, October 31, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Celebrated our 9th Wedding Anniversary on W 10/3 with leftovers and a bottle of black pumpkin stout.    Rebecca and Maia went to visit Andrea, Ben, and Amelia on F 10/5, while I worked and then had dinner at Miller's.    We went to SterlingFest on S 10/6 so Maia could enjoy her second petting zoo experience. In the evening, my parents babysat while Rebecca and I had an Anniversary Date at Port City Brewing and Fat City Kitchen.    Maia had her 15 month check-up and still didn't crack the 20-pounder ceiling on T 10/9.    Elisa came to to...
  11. Monday, October 08, 2018:
    Maia Month #15 Battle Report    Maia is now 1 year 3 months old. Though not noticeably heavier, she's a little more gangly -- able to climb up onto unexpected surfaces or reach things on shelves. It's also clearly easier to transfer the car seat between cars and carry her out, rather than load her up in the car seat in the house and try to carry the whole mass together.   Maia has started standing in brief doses (first real attempt was on 9/24/18) and eats all sorts of solid foods in spite of having just 4 - 5 teeth. She will eat hummus for days, along with boiled carrots, egg and cheese, bananas, yogurts, lentils, and bits of restaurant meals. She takes one far-too-short nap that averages just under 2 hours each day, but also consents to lyin...
  12. Monday, October 01, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday evening, we went shopping for bifold closet doors to replace the set that's been wobbly and broken for nearly two years. Later, we enjoyed the first cool evening of the year by grilling burgers with Tammy on the back porch. Even the mosquitoes were reasonably calm.     On Saturday morning, we met up with Jonathan, Michelle (previously of Reston), and Stu at the Lake Anne Farmer's Market. Michelle and Stu were in town for a wedding, having moved to Berkeley last summer. Rebecca and Maia ate nitro ice cream and then we all had brunch at Cafe Monmartre. In the evening, we had dinner on the patio at Chuy's and then let Maia enjoy the "greens" at Cascades Overlook.   On Sunday, I mowed the portio...
  13. Friday, September 28, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Rebecca taught her first yoga class at Inner Power Yoga on S 9/1, followed by a family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse.    Went to the first birthday party of one of Maia's Library Storytime pals, George on S 9/2.    Rebecca took Maia to Baby PT Day at her NOVA program on W 9/5, followed by another visit to my work in the afternoon.    Had dinner from a food truck at Old Ox Brewery on F 9/7 and let Maia climb all over the cornhole station.    Had a dinner out at The V on S 9/9, where the food has greatly improved since the early days but t...
  14. Monday, September 24, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up    On Friday evening, we discovered a new brewery, Rocket Frog, less than 500 feet from our other local brewery, Crooked Run South. We had a good flight from a selection that was more than just IPAs (although there was 1 trendy sour on the menu), and ate wood-oven pizza from a food truck with an actual wood oven inside.   On Saturday, we went to the Fall Festival at our local park, Claude Moore. It was small-scale compared to something like the Arlington Festival, but had plenty of room to spread out and not feel like you would die should a mass panic ensue. Our across-the-street neighbour and his son met up with us there and shared baby snacks.     In the evening, we had dinner with Car and Ben, f...
  15. Friday, September 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #14 Battle Report    Maia is now 14 months old but still has not breached the 20 pounder glass ceiling. She is still cruising but not walking and has no problem going up and down stairs with minimal chance of self-inflicted falls. Her new favourite mode is "cranky", where the power of her ideas and wants and needs are muted by her inability to communicate in Shakespearean language resulting in the most annoying sound in history, the whine.   Maia is very good at mimicking now (she'll probably be a booby-trapped Dungeons and Dragons chest for Halloween) and will try to recreate the things you do around her. The other day, I peeked in on her solo nursery time to find her waving the window drape sashes against the drapes, because that'...
  16. Friday, August 31, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Went to the dentist for an overly long cleaning on F 8/3. Amber's front canine tooth started to fall out. Had burgers at Beer-Bourbon-Burgers for dinner.    Went to the Ambrogne's in Burke for dinner on S 8/4. Maia got to play with Emma and Norah.    Had a Solo Dad Date at Miller's while Rebecca and Maia visited some grandparents on S 8/5.    Did a full 9 hour day in the office on M 8/6, the first since I left that startup last August.    Pulled Amber's tooth on W 8/8, saving us an expensive vet trip.    Visited the Ahlb...
  17. Monday, August 27, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  We spent a long weekend at a swanky cabin in Strasburg, VA, just 2 miles down I-81 (which is just about as far as anyone is willing to travel down I-81).     Maia enjoyed floating in the 70 degree pool although Rebecca was not so thrilled.     Maia also enjoyed expressing her artistic talent on the neverending shelf paper art station hidden behind a secret door under the house.     With Tammy and Zoe, we made delicious, extravagant breakfasts and dinners, and never had to drive off the mountain beyond an initial grocery run.     On Sunday, the ladies took a steep hike down the gravel road into the valley below, while I stayed behind and did absolutely ...
  18. Monday, August 20, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up    Maia gets to visit with her Aunt Ellen and 3 cousins, fresh off the plane from Rhode Island.     7 out of 8 isn't bad.     Rebecca and Sara made a bourbon peach upside-down cake.     We threw a small yogi party for Sara's return. 
  19. Friday, August 03, 2018:
    Maia Month #13 Battle Report    Maia is mere days away from being 13 months old, although she still weighs just under 20 pounds and can fit in many onesies in the 6-9 month range. She's had a pretty weird sleep schedule the past week or so, and sometimes will only sleep for about 90 minutes in a single nap midday (and 10 - 11 hours straight through the night). When awake, she's crawling everywhere and recently figured out how to get up into the rocking chair using her side-saddle leg methodology.   Maia is very opinionated now, quick to get frustrated if she isn't getting what she wants (Cheerios) or we take her away from a dangerous situation (picking her up when she keeps trying to crawl into the street at the park). She still isn't speaking...
  20. Monday, July 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Introduced Maia to her new backyard kiddie pool on S 7/1 and had a solo Dad Date at Miller's for dinner.    Saw KT Tunstall, Better than Ezra, Barenaked Ladies, and Larry and Janice at Wolf Trap on M 7/2.    Rebecca started a new work schedule with 4 day weekends on T 7/3.    Went to Taylorstown for the traditional 4th, complete with thunderstorm, on W 7/4.    Celebrated Maia's first birthday with grandparents on F 7/6, then went out for a beer flight at Ocelot Brewing followed by frozen custard.    Tried hiking with Mai...
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