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  1. Monday, October 08, 2018:
    Maia Month #15 Battle Report    Maia is now 1 year 3 months old. Though not noticeably heavier, she's a little more gangly -- able to climb up onto unexpected surfaces or reach things on shelves. It's also clearly easier to transfer the car seat between cars and carry her out, rather than load her up in the car seat in the house and try to carry the whole mass together.   Maia has started standing in brief doses (first real attempt was on 9/24/18) and eats all sorts of solid foods in spite of having just 4 - 5 teeth. She will eat hummus for days, along with boiled carrots, egg and cheese, bananas, yogurts, lentils, and bits of restaurant meals. She takes one far-too-short nap that averages just under 2 hours each day, but also consents to lyin...
  2. Monday, October 01, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday evening, we went shopping for bifold closet doors to replace the set that's been wobbly and broken for nearly two years. Later, we enjoyed the first cool evening of the year by grilling burgers with Tammy on the back porch. Even the mosquitoes were reasonably calm.     On Saturday morning, we met up with Jonathan, Michelle (previously of Reston), and Stu at the Lake Anne Farmer's Market. Michelle and Stu were in town for a wedding, having moved to Berkeley last summer. Rebecca and Maia ate nitro ice cream and then we all had brunch at Cafe Monmartre. In the evening, we had dinner on the patio at Chuy's and then let Maia enjoy the "greens" at Cascades Overlook.   On Sunday, I mowed the portio...
  3. Friday, September 28, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Rebecca taught her first yoga class at Inner Power Yoga on S 9/1, followed by a family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse.    Went to the first birthday party of one of Maia's Library Storytime pals, George on S 9/2.    Rebecca took Maia to Baby PT Day at her NOVA program on W 9/5, followed by another visit to my work in the afternoon.    Had dinner from a food truck at Old Ox Brewery on F 9/7 and let Maia climb all over the cornhole station.    Had a dinner out at The V on S 9/9, where the food has greatly improved since the early days but t...
  4. Monday, September 24, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up    On Friday evening, we discovered a new brewery, Rocket Frog, less than 500 feet from our other local brewery, Crooked Run South. We had a good flight from a selection that was more than just IPAs (although there was 1 trendy sour on the menu), and ate wood-oven pizza from a food truck with an actual wood oven inside.   On Saturday, we went to the Fall Festival at our local park, Claude Moore. It was small-scale compared to something like the Arlington Festival, but had plenty of room to spread out and not feel like you would die should a mass panic ensue. Our across-the-street neighbour and his son met up with us there and shared baby snacks.     In the evening, we had dinner with Car and Ben, f...
  5. Friday, September 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #14 Battle Report    Maia is now 14 months old but still has not breached the 20 pounder glass ceiling. She is still cruising but not walking and has no problem going up and down stairs with minimal chance of self-inflicted falls. Her new favourite mode is "cranky", where the power of her ideas and wants and needs are muted by her inability to communicate in Shakespearean language resulting in the most annoying sound in history, the whine.   Maia is very good at mimicking now (she'll probably be a booby-trapped Dungeons and Dragons chest for Halloween) and will try to recreate the things you do around her. The other day, I peeked in on her solo nursery time to find her waving the window drape sashes against the drapes, because that'...
  6. Friday, August 31, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Went to the dentist for an overly long cleaning on F 8/3. Amber's front canine tooth started to fall out. Had burgers at Beer-Bourbon-Burgers for dinner.    Went to the Ambrogne's in Burke for dinner on S 8/4. Maia got to play with Emma and Norah.    Had a Solo Dad Date at Miller's while Rebecca and Maia visited some grandparents on S 8/5.    Did a full 9 hour day in the office on M 8/6, the first since I left that startup last August.    Pulled Amber's tooth on W 8/8, saving us an expensive vet trip.    Visited the Ahlb...
  7. Monday, August 27, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  We spent a long weekend at a swanky cabin in Strasburg, VA, just 2 miles down I-81 (which is just about as far as anyone is willing to travel down I-81).     Maia enjoyed floating in the 70 degree pool although Rebecca was not so thrilled.     Maia also enjoyed expressing her artistic talent on the neverending shelf paper art station hidden behind a secret door under the house.     With Tammy and Zoe, we made delicious, extravagant breakfasts and dinners, and never had to drive off the mountain beyond an initial grocery run.     On Sunday, the ladies took a steep hike down the gravel road into the valley below, while I stayed behind and did absolutely ...
  8. Monday, August 20, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up    Maia gets to visit with her Aunt Ellen and 3 cousins, fresh off the plane from Rhode Island.     7 out of 8 isn't bad.     Rebecca and Sara made a bourbon peach upside-down cake.     We threw a small yogi party for Sara's return. 
  9. Friday, August 03, 2018:
    Maia Month #13 Battle Report    Maia is mere days away from being 13 months old, although she still weighs just under 20 pounds and can fit in many onesies in the 6-9 month range. She's had a pretty weird sleep schedule the past week or so, and sometimes will only sleep for about 90 minutes in a single nap midday (and 10 - 11 hours straight through the night). When awake, she's crawling everywhere and recently figured out how to get up into the rocking chair using her side-saddle leg methodology.   Maia is very opinionated now, quick to get frustrated if she isn't getting what she wants (Cheerios) or we take her away from a dangerous situation (picking her up when she keeps trying to crawl into the street at the park). She still isn't speaking...
  10. Monday, July 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Introduced Maia to her new backyard kiddie pool on S 7/1 and had a solo Dad Date at Miller's for dinner.    Saw KT Tunstall, Better than Ezra, Barenaked Ladies, and Larry and Janice at Wolf Trap on M 7/2.    Rebecca started a new work schedule with 4 day weekends on T 7/3.    Went to Taylorstown for the traditional 4th, complete with thunderstorm, on W 7/4.    Celebrated Maia's first birthday with grandparents on F 7/6, then went out for a beer flight at Ocelot Brewing followed by frozen custard.    Tried hiking with Mai...
  11. Monday, July 16, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Rebecca has a permanent 4-day weekend in her schedule now from Friday to Monday, which is pretty awesome for her. On Friday, she took the morning to go to a new yoga studio with Kathy while I stayed home and worked and Maia hung out with her maternal set of grandparents. In the evening, we went to Mellow Mushroom for dinner for delicious hoagies and pizzas.   On Saturday, Rebecca met Ben and Andrea, up visiting from Cary, North Carolina, at the Lake Anne Farmer's Market. Everyone came back to our house after the market so the babies could play together, and Amelia spent the period poking a tired Maia in the eyeball. After a well-deserved long nap, Maia got to swim around our new kiddie pool on the deck. We invited the acr...
  12. Friday, June 29, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Rebecca got purple highlights in her hair on F 6/1 and we had a family dinner at Cafesano.    Visited Larry and Janice and the kids in Maryland and had Thai rolled ice cream for the first time on S 6/2.    I ordered unhealthy Chinese delivery for dinner while Rebecca opted for a weird hippie dish from Mom's Organic Market on S 6/3.    Took Maia to see the paternal grandparents while Rebecca took a continuing ed class on S 6/9.    Ghazaley came to visit Rebecca and Maia while BU had a Dad Dinner at Miller's on S 6/10.   &nbs...
  13. Friday, June 22, 2018:
    Rebecca Day  Happy 35th Birthday to the awesome Rebecca Uri! She is kicking ass as Mother of Maia and Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant Extraordinaire (LPTAE). Today, she is going to the 11:30 yoga class and then getting a special birthday dinner prepared by Chef BU.   
  14. Friday, June 08, 2018:
    Maia Week #48 Battle Report    Maia is now 11.0466 months old and reaching the end of the phase where everything is rigorously documented -- the next Battle Report will liking come out in 2035 and cover her angst in choosing between Virginia Tech and an out of state school because all of the other in-state schools will no longer exist due to inferiority. Maia still weighs in the 16 - 17 pound range and crawls all over the place. She can clamber onto platforms less than a foot off the ground and then use that perch to get elsewhere higher, but cannot yet go up stairs on her own. She has one more front tooth growing in from above now for a grand total of 3. Like her father, she is already adept at accidentally biting her lip between these teeth.  &n...
  15. Wednesday, May 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Spent the weekend with Anna and family in Fredericksburg on F 5/4 - S 5/5.    Took a solo dad date to Miller's for dinner on S 5/6.    Rebecca got sick and Maia got to visit Aunt Carol on H 5/10.    Brian caught Rebecca's sickness on F 5/11.    Weeded the gardens and got dinner delivered from Siam Spice on S 5/12.    Had a Mother's Day afternoon with Rebecca at Copperwood Tavern while her parents watched Maia on S 5/13.    Lightning struck everything during a crazy storm, frying a router, a graphcis card,...
  16. Monday, May 21, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Saturday morning, I dipped my toe back into the world of cloud certifications by passing the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam with a 970/1000. This is the beginner cloud cert so it would have been embarassing had I not passed, but I wanted to start easy before renewing all of the actually hard ones.   In the afternoon, we had a barbeque of PTAs (Katie and Hannah) and neighbours (James and Patty, and Aaron and Vanessa) where I grilled my  seasoned steaks recipe . It finally stopped raining midday, but was still too damp to do anything outside during the BBQ. Maia enjoyed playing with 3 other kids (2, 1, and newish) and the plastic kitchen we inherited from Kathy was a hit.     On Sund...
  17. Wednesday, May 16, 2018:
    Storm Day  There's no real update today because I spent yesterday recovering from the devastation of the almost-tornado-based lightning surge that decimated my computer zone. Maia helped figure out what needed replacement.     Internet was out for 19 hours and we had power brownouts for 3 hours on Tuesday morning. The $200 router, already weakened by a spilled Belgian beer in February, gave its last gasp and needed to be replaced. Also, the $200 Geforce GTX 960 peculiarly failed as well though I have no idea how it got surged but nothing around it died. It is now replaced with a Geforce GTX 1050 Ti.    Update : The laser printer also died. 
  18. Friday, May 11, 2018:
    Maia Week #44 Battle Report    Maia is now 10.126 months old and still right around 16 pounds. We need to fatten her up soon as her preferred brand and size of diapers just doubled in price while the next size up remains the same (no doubt some strange Amazon algorithm that has deduced we have a never-growing baby). The photo blocks we bought only have one "4" on the 12 faces, which is why there is a Pinterest-quality 4 added to one of the blocks.   Maia is rapidly accumulating new skills along an exponential curve, to the point where we started a list on the whiteboard to capture anything new. She plays the game where she'll hand you something and then expect it back, although she's something of an Indian giver half the time. She also turn...
  19. Monday, April 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Got sick with something Maia had on Easter, S 4/1.    Flew to Rhode Island to visit my sister and the nephews for the weekend on F 4/6.    Maia got her 9-month-old vaccines on T 4/10.    Went to a Happy Hour for my departing boss at American Tap Room on H 4/12.    Maia got sick and passed it on to me on F 4/13. Hiked in Algonkian and had Car over for dinner.    Sat on the back porch and in the backyard with Maia to enjoy some spring weather on S 4/14.    Rebecca and Maia went to the Farmer's Market and made...
  20. 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 ...
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