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  1. Friday, February 16, 2018:
    Maia Week #32 Battle Report    Maia is 7.36438 months old and 16.4 pounds wide. Mobility-wise, she is on a roll like Evan Jones, but rarely finds the reason or impetus to go anywhere. There's still no crawling or swim-like motions yet but she looks pleased when I make her stand up and lie to her face that she's standing all by herself. She also rolls in her crib, and took her first nap on her stomach on February 1, clearly not familiar with the modern guidelines on how babies should sleep.   Naps in general remain the sticking point in her otherwise pleasant routine. The typical day now looks something like this:     Wake for boobs around 8:30 AM.   Get put down for a nap at 12:00 PM but usually just cry through ...
  2. Monday, February 05, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday, I worked from home in the morning putting together prose about convolutional neural networks then went to the dentist for my six month cleaning. The new dentist is passably good as dentists go and have yet to try to upsell me on teeth whiteners or pinhole surgeries, yet they also want to paint fluoride on my teeth for an extra $30 a visit. I watched Maia in the afternoon while Rebecca got a dress fitted and picked up a growler of beer from Crooked Run South. Maia is now rolling up and down the length of the crib like a really cheap laminator so her naps are unusually active.   On Saturday evening, our neighbours from across the street came over for a bean chili dinner, and Maia got to meet their one-year-old so...
  3. Wednesday, January 31, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Rang in the New Year with Sara, Car, and Ben in the comfort of our living room on M 1/1. Had Wegmans sushi for dinner on the night of the 1st after discovering that all of the delivery restaurants were closed.    Sara left our basement and went back to cold Minneapolis on W 1/3.    It snowed gently on H 1/4.    Maia got a visit from Marc on F 1/5. We had the slowest papusas ever from Papusa Express that night.    Rebecca's dad came over for a shrimp fettucini dinner on S 1/6.    Maia had her 6 month pediatric visit on M ...
  4. Friday, January 26, 2018:
    Maia Week #29 Battle Report    Maia is now 6.67397 months old and an average of 15.4 pounds. Meanwhile, her dad is 38.361644 years old and 130 pounds and not nearly as crowd-pleasing. Maia continues to be a generally happy baby with an easy-to-elicit smile, and it's almost impossible to get a candid shot of her where she's not noticing the camera. This should satisfy my dad, who hates candid shots and trained all of my sister's kids to look at the camera on command by the age of 3.   Individual days are getting easier now as Maia can sit and self-play for longer than before, and we have a larger variety of settings and activities to rotate through between naps. We've also started doing a one hour enforced nap around lunchtime in addition to...
  5. Monday, January 08, 2018:
    2018 Plans    2017 was a year of trial and error, between dipping my toes in the shoals of a software startup and figuring out how to take care of a small human while still maintaining a minimally viable amount of health, wealth, and leisure time. Now that our six-month trial period has ended and we are truly in charge of growing the Maian Empire, 2018 will be all about stabilization and process improvement. Here are some of the changes I expect to make this year:      Consume more new content : Movies, shows, albums, games -- I'm not picky about what I'll consume, but I'll make sure that I'm not just rereading old books or playing Overwatch all of the time. It is very easy (and fun) to make a game of Overwatc...
  6. Friday, January 05, 2018:
    Maia Week #26 Battle Report    Maia has finally reached the 6 month milestone, which is probably the point at which I should stop measuring her age in weeks and start using a more common metric like fortnights or eons. The two weeks since the last battle report have been holiday-centric and fairly disruptive, so there haven't been many crazy developmental milestones. She rolled over four successive times (only to the left) one day, then never wanted to do that again.   She can also say "em" which is clearly the 13th letter of the alphabet, and she can string this into multi-syllabic SAT words like "emememem" and "emememememememem". Surely, "Eminem" and "M&M" are not far off. Yesterday, I taught her how to use our touch lamps which blew her ...
  7. Monday, January 01, 2018:
    Happy New Year!    We made it all the way to 12:48 AM this year! 
  8. Friday, December 29, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Went to Eric B's son's (Cruz) 3rd birthday party on S 12/2 and walked the W&OD trail afterward to give Maia a nap. Did the 3rd and final raking for the year. Had the night off as Rebecca took Maia to Ghazaley's Christmas Party.    Had another Cafesano family dinner on F 12/8.    It snowed on S 12/9. Rebecca took Maia to the farmer's market and then we went to the Smiths for Game Night.    It hail-snowed on F 12/15 and we got pizza from Joe's Pizzaria for dinner, finding it much better than what Domino's has degraded to these days.    We...
  9. Wednesday, December 27, 2017:
    2017 Timeline   A smattering of events from 2017    January :  B    Finally dropped my daily print newspaper subscription in favour of Sundays and web access.   We started going out a little bit more once Rebecca felt less sick because of internal Maia.     February :  B    Had a gender reveal party for our parents.   Continued to work long hours at the startup but greatly cut back on trips to Fairfax (and the associated breakfasts at Denny's).   Bought an Oculus Rift with my tax refund.     March :  B-    Got a visit from Alice of South Carolina.   Had St. Patrick's ...
  10. Friday, December 22, 2017:
    Maia Week #24 Battle Report    Maia is now 24 weeks old, 15 pounds heavy, and 1000 IQ smart. She has progressed quickly in the sitting department, going from your basic tripod pose a couple days ago to being able to sit up independently just yesterday. We have two loaner cats visiting us this week, and their antics have given Maia some extra incentive to sit up.   Life has progressed pretty normally since the Week 21 report -- the main difference is that we do our daily nature walks in the Dulles Town Center whenever the outdoor temperature drops below the 40s. There are fewer wildlife options in the mall but more chances for daddy fries from the food court.   We're staying local for the holidays and I'm off work for a couple wee...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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