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  1. Friday, December 01, 2017:
    Maia Week #21 Battle Report    Maia is now 21 weeks old, which is the legal age for gambling in our household. Weighing in at 14.2 pounds, she can escape from tummy time through a sideways roll whenever she feels like it, but cannot roll onto her stomach yet. Her schedule has solidified to a 9 hour nighttime and an extended daytime with staggered 30 minute naps throughout. They're really not long enough to do anything productive in, so I squander the time as best as I possibly can.   We continue to give her solid foods in addition to boob milk, and she greatly prefers salted lentils to avocado. Aware that there are different tastes in the world now, she watches us eat with more clinical interest and yearns for the day she can eat sour cream...
  2. Wednesday, November 29, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Cancelled a trip to the grandparents' on W 11/1 due to a dead car battery.    Had dinner with Larry, Janice, and their kids on S 11/4.    Unaffected by Daylight Losing Time on S 11/5.    Voted for the better candidates on T 11/7.    Snuggled the fig tree in a blanket of leaves for super-cold temperatures on F 11/10.    Rebecca and Maia met Hannah at the Farmer's Market on S 11/11.    Took a family hike through Algonkian on S 11/12.    Did round #1 of raking and rearranged Maia's nursery on...
  3. Monday, November 20, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday, Maia caught her first cold which made her a little hoarse, so we called her Pony for the rest of the weekend. We took her on a dusk stroll through Claude Moore Park and then stopped off at Crooked Run South for tacos and a flight of beer. The brewery was more crowded than usual because of a live bluegrass band taking up space where extra seats would normally be.   On Saturday, I worked on a proposal in the morning and then we made a sweet potato casserole with smoked mozzarella cheese for a Yoga Potluck party in our basement. The casserole turned out great and paired well with the growlers full of Rushlight and Seek Truth from Crooked Run. Plus, I got to use my chafing dish for the 6th time, making it an extrem...
  4. 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 P...
  5. Friday, November 03, 2017:
    Maia Week #17 Battle Report    Maia turned 17 weeks old yesterday, which is in that limbo spot between 3 and 4 months of age that's not quite either one. She cannot roll over yet, but is able to roll on her side and contort her neck back so her head can look at things "above" her -- her body resembles the boot of Italy in this position. She also believes in quality over quantity, saving up her poops for one massive release party per day, usually in the early evening.   Maia also giggles, which is very cute, and has learned to make noisy shrieks, which is not so cute. She often sounds like that old Internet animation of the hamster riding a motorcycle, but with more piercing timbres.   Naps are still 30-minute affairs, almost to...
  6. Monday, October 30, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary on T 10/3 by taking care of some baby.    Took Maia to see some old coworkers in Reston and bought a freezer for our doomsday-prepper levels of extra breastmilk on W 10/4.    Went to SterlingFest where Rebecca won a raffle prize of $400 worth of hair products that are mostly undecipherable on S 10/7. Then, went to Joe and Katie's for Emma's 2nd birthday party.    Started back at Novetta after an eleven month hiatus on T 10/10.    Went to Anya and Matt's wedding on F 10/13 while Maia stayed home with ...
  7. Monday, October 23, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday, the first day of our now-regular three-day weekends, we drove down to Fredericksburg to visit with the Ahlbins and their freshly baptized one-month old, Felicity. With a partial tally of sisters and their children present, there were a total of 17 people under the age of 18 present -- had they chosen to overpower the adults and set up their own government, they probably would have succeeded.     Maia had a good time observing the tornado of children, as the scenery at our house is much more placid. We stayed through the evening on Saturday and then made it up I-95 to get home in a surprisingly rapid fashion.   On Sunday, Rebecca taught a lesson on anatomy at a yoga teacher training session...
  8. Friday, October 20, 2017:
    Maia Week #15 Battle Report    Maia is now 15 weeks old, having finally crossed the 13 pound line and once again entered a competitive quartile in the American Ninja Fattening competition. She has discovered her feet and excels at tummy time, consistently holding her head up for longer than an alcoholic hobo on his 12th Steel Reserve.   She still only naps for 30 minutes at a time during the day, but this is counterbalanced by 10 to 11 hour night stretches where she only wakes up once to feed (our longest record night went from midnight to 11:30 AM with a 45 minute feed in the middle). Since it can take up to 45 minutes to get her to nap, it's usually much easier and more efficient to just pop her into the front kangaroo pouch and dance to Fu...
  9. Monday, October 16, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up    On Friday the 13th in the afternoon, the Uri grandparents came over for a round of babysitting while Rebecca and I flitted off to the wedding of Anya and Matthew in Leesburg. It was a fun, classy affair at the Rust Manor House, with passed hor d'oeuvres and a s'mores construction kit as a wedding favor.     On Saturday morning, we caught the final few minutes of the Reston Farmer's Market (so Rebecca could get her fresh nitrogen-infused ice cream) and then walked the trails of Reston until mid-afternoon. The evening was bath time for Maia, to ensure that no mushrooms were growing in the shade of her neck folds.   On Sunday, I got a little work done in the morning while Rebecca made it to a y...
  10. Monday, October 09, 2017:
    New Job FAQ   As I mentioned in last month's Highlights post, I got an interesting job offer from my old company last month. Since I've now accepted it (and start tomorrow), here are a few FAQs to describe what's going on.    What's this new job you're starting?    I will be a  Solutions Architect , which is essentially what I was doing in 2015 - 2016 but with a fancy title. I'll provide technical writing and reviewing skills on proposals and whitepapers in the hopes of winning new government work for Novetta, and will distill complex concepts into understandable chunks for audiences of varying technical levels. There will be no software development involved (but I could go back to it in the futur...
  11. Friday, October 06, 2017:
    Maia Week #13 Battle Report    Maia is now 13 weeks old (or 3 months if you prefer to measure time in glaringly uneven increments instead). She is now great at grabbing things and cooing as a form of communication, and loves our near-daily walks in Claude Moore Park. Her weight still goes up and down around 12 pounds as we had a few days where she wasn't particularly interested in eating stuff. We suspect that she will end up being a slow eater in the future, based on her average time at the spigot now.   Maia continues to be a very agreeable baby in most regards. The hardest and worst part of parenting right now is putting her to bed during the day. She usually hates to go down for a nap unless it's a short catnap in a front carrier that jus...
  12. Friday, September 29, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Renewed my driver's license at a mobile DMV on F 9/1, finally eliminating the 2003 picture that looks how I looked in Florida.    Maia got to meet Jack on S 9/2.    Maia excelled at the 2 month pediatrician visit on W 9/6, but hated shots.    Rebecca got sick on H 9/7 and BU had to care for the whole family for a few days.    Visited old friends at Novetta on F 9/8.    Sprayed the yard for mosquitoes on H 9/14.    Turned 38 and got a year closer to dotage on F 9/15.    Had a barbeque with ...
  13. Friday, September 22, 2017:
    Maia Week #11 Battle Report    Maia is now 11 weeks old and somewhere in the 11-12 pound range. The Internet says she should gain a pound a week for the remainder of her life so she should be at a healthy 260 pounds when she's five years old (The math is sound).   At this age, Maia recognizes us with a smile whenever we enter her field of view and can grab a burp cloth with both hands to stuff in her mouth like she's in a hot dog eating contest. Today she grabbed a rattle and shook it. She still hates day naps, but we're getting better at recognizing the paradoxical state of overtiredness so meltdowns occur less often. We do an awful lot of singing these days, namely  Senor Don Gato  (the best song ever written), as well as  Li...
  14. Friday, September 08, 2017:
    Maia Week #9 Battle Report    At 9 weeks, Maia is hovering around 11 pounds. At home, I weigh her like I weigh my steaks -- using the bathroom scale while gently cradling the bundle of raw meat in my arms, then weighing again without the extra encumbrance and performing simple subtraction.   We took her to the pediatrician on Wednesday for two-month-old shots. She did not enjoy this in the least bit, but she is now no longer a danger to herself or others when it comes to whooping cough, polio, rabies, pink eye, stink eye, idiocy, or any of a number of serious conditions. In head, weight, and length measurements, she has jumped up several percentiles like an SAT prepper who finally figures out what an antonym is.   During the da...
  15. Friday, September 01, 2017:
    Maia Week #8 Battle Report    At 8 weeks of age, Maia is 10.4 pounds of baby in a half ounce bag. She sticks to a fairly regular schedule of eating every couple hours during the day, but then spacing out to four hour shifts in the wee hours of the night. Her night generally runs from about midnight until 9 AM the next morning, which is the profile of my nights in grad school before I met Mike and started playing Monopoly until 3 in the mornings.   She still doesn't go to sleep very easily, and the biggest trick we've learned to date is to just be okay with carrying her around or hanging out with her until she's ready to sleep -- cutting out any explicit goal of having a sleeping baby greatly reduces the frustration of having her stir at the ...
  16. Wednesday, August 30, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album, but it's a metric ton of baby pictures so keep on moving if you're not into that sort of thing. Also, Google Photos still sucks.       Events   Continued the Friend Dinner tradition with Sara on F 8/4, M 8/7, F 8/18.    Went on our first nature walk with Maia on S 8/5.    Maia got to meet more of our friends, including Marc on T 8/8, Elaine on H 8/10, our old neighbours, Casey and Amy, on S 8/13, and Emily on M 8/14.    Went back to work for 14 more days on M 8/14.    My dad installed a new kitchen faucet for us on F 8/18.    Rebecca went to Sara's "Moving...
  17. Monday, August 28, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This weekend, we drove out to Front Royal to celebrate the wedding of Ghazaley and Michael. The wedding was pretty swank, complete with a drone photographer, and Rebecca got to wear normal grown-up clothing and dance with all of her coworkers from Inova.     This was our first overnight trip with Maia and to mitigate any chance of disaster, we recruited Grandma to come along for the trip and go on babysitting duty in the hotel, just down the road.     All went according to plan, and Grandma put in a solid 5 hours of expert-level babysitting in spite of the fact that Maia drank her entire bottle supply in mere hours like she was at a freshmen mixer.   How was your weekend? 
  18. Friday, August 25, 2017:
    Maia Week #7 Battle Report    Maia is now 7 weeks old and somewhere around the 10 pound mark (9.6 lbs at the last Lightweight 8 weigh-in). I have not been as present and engaged as I would like to be this week, dealing with the red-giant-star-sized void left by Booty and a full week's work, but I also recognize that there will always be times where we aren't as good as we want to be. No one bats 1000 every day (or, "no one bowls a 300 every day" if you prefer your cliches to avoid stupid sports).   Luckily, we took on an indentured servant named Annie from LA to help us through this week, and she's done great work feeding us, doing tiny loads of tiny baby clothes, and keeping Rebecca entertained while I'm at work. As soon as she makes us one m...
  19. Friday, August 18, 2017:
    Maia Week #6 Battle Report    At 6 weeks old, Maia is nearing 9 pounds in weight. Her favorite place to be is on the changing table next to the bright silver YAY balloon that makes interesting noises when slapped. She spends a lot of time on this changing table now that we've learned to wait a few extra minutes with fresh air on the giblets before putting a new diaper on, because there's probably another round in the chamber just ready to fire. This knowledge reduced our diaper consumption from 18 down to about 12 per day.   This has been the first week with one of us parents back in the real world working, and we've worked out a schedule where I get a full, continuous night's sleep, go to work at 6, and get home around 2 PM. This gives me a...
  20. Wednesday, August 16, 2017:
    New Job Day  Now that I've been back to work for two whole days, it's probably safe to announce that I've accepted a new job that starts on September 1. Meet my new boss:     That's right, I'll be joining the hallowed ranks of stay-at-home dads. I'm looking forward to helping Maia grow up without turning into a neo-Nazi, as well as trips to the park in the middle of the day where I get accused of being a pedophile for being the only dad there.   Rebecca and I have been planning to do this since before Maia was born. I gave my notice at work in early June after we seriously discussed it and realized it was feasible. It's not a choice without risk, but just seemed like the right choice for us  right now . ...
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