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  1. 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...
  2. 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 . ...
  3. Friday, August 11, 2017:
    Maia Week #5 Battle Report    Maia just had another growth spurt, during which we were up at all hours walking with her or trying to get her to sleep without employing any wrestling moves. I use the enforced up-time to work on the Paravia Wiki, reread books by Philip Pullman (the good ones, not  His Dark Materials ), watch the first season of  Rake , and resurrect the 3DS that has been in a dusty box for over 3 years.   I've been trying to get back onto a regular sleep schedule so I can return to work next week and am doing pretty impressively, with an average of 8 hours in any given day. I also get fewer "sleep deprivation dreams" which are like macabre stress dreams that go on and on in the same venue and with the same ...
  4. Friday, August 04, 2017:
    Maia Week #4 Battle Report    We have successfully kept Maia alive (Maialive) for four straight weeks, although in truth, it's mostly Rebecca's accomplishment. Since I cannot generate free food from my body, my contribution is generally feeding cookies to Rebecca while she feeds the baby (This is also the foundation of trickle-down economics).   Maia has not learned any new trade skills this week other than the ability to roll on her side. She enjoys looking at a picture of Montreux, Switzerland that hangs over our changing table, is indifferent to stuffed animals, and she doesn't mind the endless stream of friends stopping by for hugs.   Yesterday, we went to the pediatrician for a weigh-in and found that Maia had gained 1 lb 6...
  5. Monday, July 31, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Took a trip to the Alamo to watch  Baby Driver  on S 7/1.    Took a nature hike through Algonquian Park then had Chinese food at Chengs with Rebecca's parents on S 7/2.    Made bean chili for Monday Night Friends Dinner on M 7/3.    Went to Taylorstown for the traditional 4th of July party at the Whitmers on T 7/4.    Took Rebecca to the hospital for induction (the least popular mathematical skill) on W 7/5.    Maia arrived on H 7/6.    Came home from the hospital on S 7/9.    Call...
  6. Friday, July 28, 2017:
    Maia Week #3 Battle Report    Maia is now 3 weeks old, which is a longer shelf life than many of my ambitious hobby project ideas. Caring for a newborn is much easier than sitcoms would have you believe -- at this point I believe that we're supposed to be stressed out over every shriek, gurgle, or burp she emits, like a very cute Geiger counter, and we're supposed to be badgering the pediatrician's after-hours number until they block our calls.   The reality is much simpler and can be boiled down to three cardinal rules:     Get sleep.   Get help.   Use common sense.     The fact that Rebecca and I have the luxury of maintaining a united front while I'm taking six weeks off from a...
  7. Friday, July 21, 2017:
    Maia Week #2 Battle Report    Learning to understand Maia has been a lot like the level progression in a well-designed video game -- new challenges are introduced as we master the old ones, but not so quickly that we uninstall the game. We stopped the extra 20 minutes of syringe feeding at the end of week #1, which was immediately replaced by 20 minutes of post-feeding fussiness that we had to deal with, not unlike that friend that always orders the extra cheese fries then spends the end of dinner complaining about how much gym purgatory said cheese fries will require.   Once we'd gotten the handle on the fussiness, she switched to "cluster feeding", which sounds like a distributed way to feed her with four computers in parallel over the Int...
  8. Friday, July 14, 2017:
    Maia Week #1 Battle Report    Maia is one week old as of yesterday and everyone is doing well. Rebecca has dibs on the birth story and days in the hospital, so I can skip ahead to the days spent since we got home on Sunday afternoon.   Babies have to eat 8 times a day in the beginning, and some early concerns about Maia's weight and ability to breastfeed resulted in a byzantine progression of feeding steps requiring two people. This involved boobs, pumps, and syringes, such that each feeding took 1 - 1.5 hours for both of us to accomplish (8 - 12 hours per day).   Boiling down to pure logistics, caring for a newborn is really just a discrete calculus of hours in the day. With a fixed number of hours required for feeding both t...
  9. Wednesday, July 05, 2017:
    Untitled Post  No baby yet! 
  10. Monday, July 03, 2017:
    Timelapse Day    41 weeks and no baby yet! I start my 6 weeks of leave today anyhow and we're passing the time with nature walks and rare movie theatre trips.   
  11. Friday, June 30, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Kitty died on H 6/1 at the age of 17.    Had Tammy and Chris over for a dinner of gnocchi and shrimp on F 6/2.    Took a class about babies and boobs then went to the Smiths for a Game Night on S 6/3.    Had Weekly Friend Dinner with Sara, and sometimes Car and Ben, on M 6/5, M 6/12, M 6/19, and M 6/26.    Had an early outdoor dinner at Miller's on T 6/6 and I ate 35 fried shrimp again.    Went to a "Bourbon Tasting" party at Ben's on F 6/9.    Saw Rebecca's parents then went to an ADVANCED BABY CLASS o...
  12. Monday, June 26, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This weekend was the last one for awhile with activities on the calendar. On Saturday, we took a walk through Sugarland just before it got hot for the day, and then went over to Karolina and Carlos' for an evening barbeque. I also played the new VR game,  Mage's Tale  which is set in the universe of The Bard's Tale and allows you to throw fireballs at goblins.   On Sunday, we did a morning neighborhood walk and then helped Sara move in Reston. In the afternoon, I got introduced to homebrewing at Car & Ben's house -- it was interesting from a hobbyist perspective, but I don't think I'd ever have the patience to do it myself unless the turnaround time for a batch was less than 24 hours. For dinner, we went to Burg...
  13. Monday, June 19, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  We're now in week 39 of Baby Watch (or Baby Warning, if we are to use the National Weather Service's terminology). On Friday afternoon, the Ahlbins came up from Fredericksburg with their 4 kids for a night of basement camping and Wall-E, while Ben and Anna got to try out the Oculus Rift. Ben demonstrated his ability to physically dodge a robot with some sort of "sliding into first base" maneuver that took him precariously close to the descending stairway.   Not a lot happened on Saturday -- Rebecca went to a wedding shower in the evening while I ordered pizza in and finished the fourth season of  The 100  and then played  Overwatch .   On Sunday, my parents stopped by briefly in the aftern...
  14. Wednesday, May 31, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Went to Rebecca's surprise work baby shower on F 5/5.    Went on a Claude Moore nature walk then tried out the newish Cafesano for dinner on S 5/6 (good enough food with cheap craft beers).    Went to a family baby shower in Taylorstown on S 5/7.    Had dinner at Car's to plan out the 3rd and final baby shower on W 5/10.    Made gnocchi with a garlic cream sauce for Friend Dinner on F 5/12.    Drove down to Fredericksburg to visit the Hickses on S 5/13.    Attended Rosie's First Communion then hung out wi...
  15. Monday, May 22, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This past weekend, we got out of town for our final weekend away before Small Child Uri arrives. We opted for Ocean City even though the weather turned out to be a few degrees too cold to actually enjoy any beaching. Also, it was "cruiser" weekend in town, which is where all of the Maryland meth consumers drive up and down the main strip in their souped up American cars, oblivious to all of the advances in sound suppression and mufflers over the past 50 years, while everyone else camps out on the side of the road all day for a parade of jump scares and carbon monoxide.   We shared a giant crab and cheese omelette at Bayside Skillet for brunch, and then checked into the swank Hampton Inn where we got a massive studio room ...
  16. Monday, May 15, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This weekend we went down to Fredericksburg to see our satellite friends. We spent Saturday evening with the Hickses and their seven social cats, and then went to Anna's second daughter, Rosie's, First Communion. The afterparty was a cornucopia of old faces, with 80% of the Spellerberg sisters reporting in (4 sisters = 13 kids minimum, plus the kids and dogs of family and friends).     After a dull 2 hour trip back north full of standstill traffic, we reintroverted with our quiet cats and lack of children and prepared for the week to come by doing laundry and making lunches.   How was your weekend? 
  17. Monday, May 08, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday afternoon, I drove to Tysons for a surprise baby shower that Rebecca's coworkers had planned and thrown for her under the guise of a going away party for another coworker. This was not unlike the time Rebecca's friends had her  make her own birthday cake  for a surprise birthday party in 2008.     We took it easy on Saturday because of the rain -- Rebecca made it to the Reston Farmer's Market with her dad in between showers while I weeded 50% of the plant boxes and did various low priority home repairs. In the evening, we had dinner at Cafesano which boasted decent pita, comparable kabobs to every other kabob place in the world, and $3.50 craft beers. Afterwards, we took a late nature walk arou...
  18. Monday, May 01, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Welcome to May!     On Friday night, we went to Michelle's to optimize the packing of her Prius for a cross-country move to Berkeley, a city that clearly has more hippies than Reston by an exponential factor. On Saturday, I stayed in while Rebecca went to the Reston Farmer's Market (returning home with asparagus and cucumbers but no cow flanks). Rebecca has been on a bird kick recently, so she and her friend, Sara, put up a 2nd-floor bird feeder in the afternoon where it can be viewed by humans and cats alike in the kitchen. No birds have arrived yet.   On Sunday, we went to a work picnic / send-off for one of Rebecca's coworkers who is going back to Physical Therapy school. The heat was oddly comfort...
  19. Friday, April 28, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  A few photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Went to a crazy baby consignment sale then hiked the muddy banks of the Occuquan River with Sara on S 4/1.    Got a flat tire in Herndon on H 4/6.    Had a Dinner With Friends at Michelle's house on F 4/7.    Hosted a VR Party with Evil Mike, Tom, Annie, and Sara on S 4/8 then had Ethiopian food at Enatye that gave me smelly fingers for the next two days.    Updated our TDAP shots then had dinner at Mellow Mushroom on T 4/11.    Met with our doula, went to a baby shower, then stopped by my parents' for my Mom's birthday ...
  20. Monday, April 24, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  It's been raining nonstop around here, assuaging any guilt for not going outside or doing lawn-related chores. We overloaded our weekend with 3 separate social gatherings, starting with a going away for Rebecca's yoga friend, Michelle, on Saturday night, for which I made my signature bean chili.   On Sunday, we had lunch with Rebecca's parents and the Wrights, and met Patrick & Erica's 5 1/2 month-old, Will. From there, we went straight to the Edwardses to catch up with their 1 year old and celebrate the newly engaged Mike and Annie. In the picture below, you can see everyone showing off their monochrome fashions of the early 2000s (I went a different direction with a daring shade of blue).     In the...
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