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  1. Friday, April 20, 2018:
    Maia Week #41 Battle Report    Maia is 9.43561 months old and oscillating around the 16 - 17 pound range depending on the distance between the Earth and the Moon. She is an adept crawler now, capable of closing the distance between rooms fast enough that I no longer bother picking her up when I move to another room myself -- she'll be by at her leisure. Everything tippable has been bolted to the wall now, so each room has about a 2:30 minute buffer where I'm comfortable turning away momentarily without the fear that the house will explode in my neglect.   Maia can also get back into a sitting position after crawling now, which is super cute but also makes naps take longer to begin. The crib has transformed from a place where there isn't much ...
  2. Monday, April 09, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up    Maia enjoys the plane ride (90 minutes) north.     Introduction to Chickens: A Survey Course     Fresh eggs!     Pretty sure this travel crib is haunted.     A cold walk along Calf Pasture Beach. 
  3. Friday, April 06, 2018:
    Maia Week #39 Battle Report    Maia has made it to 9 months on the dot, so she's been out almost as long as she was in. Over the past two weeks, she has perfected her army crawl which is mainly an elbow-based method of mobility. She can also open bottom drawers and pull herself up on them (though she can't get herself from a crawl to a sitting position yet). Lastly, she makes clicking sounds with her tongue constantly like she's learning a tribal language.   To stay one step ahead of her, the house has slowly been baby-proofed. Outlet covers have been on since Ella came over to visit in 2007 so that was a no-brainer. The stair gate went up in early March and strategic barricades have been erected between her and various power strips or oily t...
  4. Wednesday, April 04, 2018:
    2018 Plans Status Check    With the first quarter of 2018 complete, how am I doing on my  2018 plans ?      Consume more new content : I read a 1900 page fantasy trilogy last month and have restarted my long stale Netflix queue (currently watching  Colony, Season Two ) so I award myself a passing grade here.     Get back on the treadmill : I'm failing at treadmill time for two reasons -- (1) given the choice between exercising my body or my brain, I always choose my brain, and (2) when I'm on the treadmill in the early morning, I feel like I'll wake the baby up (directly upstairs) if I run too hard. However, I'm still walking with Maia every single day and my pants still fall...
  5. Friday, March 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Survived a crazy wind storm on F 3/2.    Rebecca took an exam in Aquatic Therapy and then Marc came over to join Rebecca at yoga on S 3/3.    Dropped Amber off for her stay at the Smiths on M 3/5.    Flew for 6 hours with a tiny human on T 3/6.    Went hiking along the Pacific Ocean at Corral Canyon then had dinner with the Edwardses at The Stand on W 3/7.    Ran wedding errands and went to a Maggiano's rehearsal dinner on H 3/8.    Went to Annie & Mike's wedding in Topanga on F 3/9.    Ate ...
  6. Friday, March 23, 2018:
    Maia Week #37 Battle Report    It has been an eternity since the last battle report at Week #32, and Maia is now 8.515 months old. She finally broke the 16 pound threshold but is not so close to the 18 pound line that we have to worry about her quickly outgrowing her bulk box of Size 2 diapers or reporting her to the local fishing warden.   Much has changed in the intervening month. She started shrieking again back in Week #33, but thankfully that was very short-lived. In Week #34, she caught the gross sickness that both of her parents had suffered through, to the point where her voice sounded like an answering machine message from the 80s and she oozed phlegm all over her crib like a confused snail. This sickness cleared up just in time fo...
  7. Friday, March 16, 2018:
    LA Travelogue Day     Tuesday 3/6:  Maia's first plane ride went as well as could be expected, and she was easily tied for least annoying baby on the plane. She slept for about 2 of the 5 hours in the flight. I had to watch  Wonder Woman  soundlessly on two other peoples' screens and decided that that movie looks dumb as hell. In LA, we got our rental car and drove through LA traffic to Topanga Canyon. We gave Maia lunch in the State Park and then did some grocery shopping while waiting for our AirBnB check-in. Around 4, we arrived at our two-room cabin, guarded by two big friendly dogs and up an incredibly steep driveway at the end of long, winding Puerto Rico-like roads. We made fish tacos for dinner and then the women conk...
  8. Wednesday, March 14, 2018:
    More Pictures from Topanga Day    Our AirBnB bathroom and shower had a windowed side that overlooked a private bamboo grove. We pretended that no one had drilled holes through the fence to stream our poops on the Internet.     We enjoyed the short hike in Corral Canyon over Malibu, especially the port-a-potty that was pressure-washed with disinfectant minutes before we arrived -- definitely different than our last PCH port-a-potty experience outside of Santa Cruz where there was a mound of poop 3 feet higher than the seat.     On the day of the rehearsal dinner, Maia did not cry until she met the groom. To be fair, this picture was taken at midnight Eastern time.     This picture of the ceremony is sli...
  9. Friday, March 09, 2018:
    Topanga Day 4  Attending the wedding of Mike Catania and Annie Mueller at the 1909 in Topanga.   
  10. Thursday, March 08, 2018:
    Topanga Day 3  Sunset in Topanga Canyon at the end of Muerdago Road.   
  11. Wednesday, March 07, 2018:
    Topanga Day 2  Having kosher fishy meals for lunch at Fish Grill in Malibu, after hiking 2.5 miles in Corral Canyon.   
  12. Tuesday, March 06, 2018:
    Topanga Day 1  Having a late lunch (fresh off the plane) in Topanga State Park in California.   
  13. Wednesday, February 28, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Had our neighbours, Aaron, Vanessa, and Jaxon, from across the street over for chili on S 2/3.    Welcomed the Edwardses over for a snowy visit on S 2/4.    Maia got her flu booster as a 7 month old on T 2/6.    Watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on F 2/9.    Rebecca's parents watched Maia so we could go on a Valentine's weekend date, first to a chocolate-beer pairing at Old Ox Brewery and then to Ford's Fish Shack for an early dinner on S 2/10.    Rebecca went to the graduation of the newest batch of yoga teac...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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 ...
  20. Monday, January 01, 2018:
    Happy New Year!    We made it all the way to 12:48 AM this year! 
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