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  1. 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...
  2. 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.       
  3. 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   
  4. Wednesday, May 05, 2021:
    Easy Photos Day    First bath.     Meeting more grandparents.     Maia finds a legit four-leaf clover.     Zonked out. 
  5. Friday, April 30, 2021:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.       Events   Visit to my parents' house on S 4/3.    Easter at home on S 4/4.    First COVID shot on T 4/6.    Visit from Rebecca's parents on S 4/11.    Celebrated my mom's 80th birthday on the back porch on T 4/13.    Had Tammy over for dinner on S 4/17.    Rebecca had a painting party with the Smiths on S 4/24.    Ian was born on S 4/25. Maia spent the week with the Uri grandparents.    Ian came home on T 4/27.    Got my second COVID shot on W 4/28. Maia returned home with the Uri grandpa...
  6. Monday, April 19, 2021:
    New Trail Day  Over the past month, we have been blazing a trail through the forest behind our house to reach a patch of daffodils that Maia enjoys. The forest is an HOA common area featuring impenetrable brambles, poison ivy, and twenty years of trash dumped by renters in the houses behind us. After the fifth time stepping over a fallen fencepost studded with nails, I decided that a trail would be worthwhile.   We hauled out tons of garbage and ancient poison ivy vines two inches thick, then raked a trail that goes in a small circle, allowing Maia to burn energy while we sit on stumps in the middle. There are three named sections of the trail: Dirt Trail, Daffodil Path, and Umbrella Tree Trail.     On Friday aftern...
  7. Wednesday, April 07, 2021:
    Shot Day  I received my first dose of Pfizer through the county yesterday morning.     I registered in early March and got pinged to make an appointment this past Sunday, even though I'm not in a specific priority group. There must have been doses to spare -- western Loudoun vaccine hesitancy?   The whole process took place in the old Nordstroms at Dulles Town Center. The parking lot was packed to capacity, the operation sprawled across both floors of the Nordstroms, and the center was overflowing with helpful volunteers. I had a 20 minute wait in a constantly-moving line and one of the volunteers mentioned that they expected to do over four thousand shots that day. Soreness in my arm is comparable to a typical...
  8. Monday, April 05, 2021:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Saturday morning, we drove out to Alexandria to visit my parents. Maia, already in Easter mode, wore her Easter dress and brought along eggs to hide and find.     Egg hunts with Maia are different than typical egg hunts. She will hide all of the eggs, tell you that they're ready to be found, and then find them herself while leading you around the yard.   In the evening, we had a fire on our porch and ate leftover homemade pizza. We also relinquished care of the two guest cats and Amber is thrilled to be an only child again.   On Sunday, we dyed eggs and then spent the day in the backyard, hiding, finding, and burning things. We had egg salad sandwiches for lunch and then worked on trailblazi...
  9. Wednesday, March 31, 2021:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.       Events   Lake Anne visit with Rebecca's parents on W 3/10.    Birthday dinner with my parents on S 3/14.    First fire pit fire on F 3/19.    Another visit with my parents on T 3/22 so they could finish watching Hamilton.    Maia spent a weekend with the grandparents, F 3/26 - S 3/28.    The Smiths' cats joined us for the week on S 3/27.       Projects   Had a new patio built, T 3/9 - H 3/11.    Blazed a trail to our secret daffodil patch in the common area on S 3/13.    Gave a c...
  10. Monday, March 29, 2021:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Thanks to the advances in science known as "vaccinated grandparents", Maia got to spend her first weekend away from home in over a year. They have better cereal options than we do.     On Friday night, Rebecca and I had Panera for dinner and watched  Music and Lyrics  for the first time since our first date in 2007. On Saturday, Rebecca worked in the afternoon while I did some website work for Don Maitz, tamed more of the wilderness and trash in the common area behind our house, tried playing  DOOM: Eternal , and watched the impenetrable movie,  Tenet . Kathy stopped by in the afternoon to drop off her cats before an OBX beach trip so we are now up to 3 felines.   Meanwhi...
  11. Monday, March 22, 2021:
    Passing of Time Day   signs that both the weather and the pandemic are thawing      Vaccinated grandparents indoors!     Maia can now spell her name at school.     Maia helps me grade the land around the new patio.     Enjoying our new fire pit. 
  12. Friday, March 12, 2021:
    Patio Day  Our patio came to life in just 13 hours over 3 days.   
  13. Friday, February 26, 2021:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.       Events   Snow continued to fall gently through T 2/2.    Got rid of our pool table on H 2/4.    Mask visit to the Smiths on S 2/6.    More snow on S 2/7.    Rebecca started working Saturday afternoons at the Inova vaccine clinic on S 2/13 during an ice storm.    Maia switched to the 2.5 hour pre-pre-school class on W 2/17.    My mom got her 2nd vaccine shot on W 2/17.    More snow on H 2/18.    My dad got his 2nd vaccine shot on S 2/20.    Farm visit with the Uri grandparents on T 2/23.&...
  14. Monday, February 01, 2021:
    Snow Day  We got a few meager inches of snow on Sunday, enough to shovel and enjoy. Maia watched it fall all through breakfast and then demonstrated her snow angel expertise.     Later, she army crawled across an entire cul de sac for reasons known only to three-year-olds.     We tried sledding down a short hill with a boogie board, but bodysurfing turned out to be much more effective.     "AaaaaaAAAAaaaaAAaaaaAAAAhhh!"    
  15. Friday, January 29, 2021:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2021  album.       Events   Rebecca got her first COVID vaccine shot on S 1/10 and her second on W 1/27.    My mom got her first COVID vaccine shot on T 1/12.    My dad got his first COVID vaccine shot on T 1/19.    Rebecca and Maia visited Uncle Dave and Aunt Carol on S 1/16.    The Smiths came over for a vented basement visit on S 1/23. Maia played her first game of Tokaido.    Rebecca and Maia went hiking with the Smiths at Cub Run on M 1/25.    First snow "storm" of 2021 on S 1/31.       Projects   Restarted a...
  16. Friday, January 22, 2021:
    Patio Day   the sequel to last year's  screen porch     Next up on our list of 2021 improvements is a larger patio in the backyard. Having been deckless for the past year, there hasn't been a good place to put the grill where it won't sink in the mud, and I always forget to roll it away from the house (resulting in melted siding).     The new patio will connect to the sidewalk that runs around our house already, and will also feature a cut out behind where the grill would be to prevent toddlers from running near the hot parts. The fancy grill graphic is just a placeholder -- we aren't actually putting a ritzy stone wall around it. The mock patio furniture is also highly unlikely unless we wan...
  17. Monday, January 18, 2021:
    Paint Day  The reason I relocated my office to the basement last September was to make room for another Uri. This weekend, we finally got around to repainting the shade of "eggshell blue" that first went on 15 years ago, on October 22, 2005.       After painting Interim Bunny, I painted some binoculars over its eyes and then gently concealed it behind a bush using the final paint color. Now Maia thinks it will be hiding in the wall forever, guarding over the room.   
  18. Wednesday, January 06, 2021:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 3.5    Maia turned 3.5 years old today. At this point, her life is a laundry list of individual quirks that I want to remember in 30 years rather than a coherent narrative. MAIA FRAGMENTS!   ♠ 2020 was the first year that Maia had true holiday awareness, and she was super excited about Christmas starting around November 1. (Thanksgiving was an interim necessity without value, like Reading Day before college exams). On Christmas Day, the goal was to open as many presents as possible in succession rather than seeing what was inside.   ♠ Maia remembers everything. One night, we ordered new candles on Amazon and three days later, she woke up telling us that the candles were arriving today. Three ...
  19. Wednesday, December 30, 2020:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2020  album.       Events   Windows-open basement visit with Car on S 12/5.    Porch visit with Rebecca's parents on S 12/12.    Porch visit with the Smiths on S 12/13.    Light snow on W 12/16.    Went on a Christmas Lights walk in the neighborhood on W 12/23.    Quarantine Christmas with the immediate family (Maia and Rebecca) on F 12/25.    Farm visit with the Smiths on M 12/28.    New Year's Eve Celebration with the 3 of us at home at 6 PM on H 12/31.       Projects   Did Advent of Code for the...
  20. Wednesday, December 23, 2020:
    2020 Timeline   A smattering of events from 2020    January :  B    Just enough snow for a 3-foot snowman.   Tried to restart a monthly Poker Night (lasted two months).   Crazy company party at the MGM.     February :  B-    Maia got a spot in the Starfish preschool program (then dropped out for COVID).   Sealed in the mouse-infested crawlspace.   Got a new screen porch, just in time for quarantine.     March :  B-    Finished the Paravia Wiki.   Last times outside before quarantine on 3/12.   Lots of virtual games until everyone got Zoomed out.&...
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