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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. Monday, May 03, 2021:
    Ian Week #1 Battle Report    Ian is now a week old. Comparatively speaking, he is much easier to placate than Maia was at this age -- no tube feedings or all-nighters yet. He wakes up like clockwork every 1 - 3 hours, has an impressive snack (one that even impressed the lactation consultant) as quickly as possible, and then falls right back to sleep.   He doesn't display much personality yet since he only spends a little time alert and awake each day. When we change his diapers he continuously kicks his lanky legs in a effort to cover his ankles in poo like a Nutella-dipped treat.   I've taken 5 weeks off of work this time around (1 fewer than with Maia, but this time I actually get paid for all of it) and spend the days watchi...
  6. Monday, April 26, 2021:
    New Release Day  Here is Ian Miles Uri, born yesterday and weighing in at 7 pounds 7 ounces.   
  7. Wednesday, March 24, 2021:
    Vignette Day: Emerging Empathy   BU : "Looks like we're going to need some more milk pretty soon."    MU : "Put it on the list, Daddy."    BU : "Done!"    MU : "I will have a waffle for breakfast tomorrow."    BU : "...Okay?"    MU : "Then Mommy can have the rest of the milk on her oatmeal."    BU : "That's very nice of you to think about Mommy."    MU : "Take a picture of me on my horse."   
  8. Wednesday, March 17, 2021:
    How Toddlers Are Like a Denial-of-Service Attack  My brain is like a web server that accepts network connection requests from the world.   It has a pool of dormant connections, waiting for sounds. When a potential conversation begins, my brain has to spin up a new connection by identifying the speaker, confirming that an actual conversation is occurring (rather than distracting background sounds), and then dedicating the line to listening intently.     After the conversation concludes, my brain sends the signal for the connection to close. The connection gets freed up and returns to the pool to be reused for the next conversation that comes along.     Conversations with Maia are more challenging. Because she is still refining her...
  9. Monday, March 08, 2021:
    Maia Battle Report: 3.666667 Years    Maia is 4 months away from turning 4. In the picture above, she is learning Italian by rote through her Let It Go Elsa doll (she figured out the multi-step sequence to change the doll's language settings).   Maia usually wakes up around 7:30 these days -- the days of 9 - 10 AM are a wistful memory. Once, dreading another 7:30 wake-up, I told her at bedtime that "the bunnies" wanted her to sleep late, even to 9. She said, "I'll try but that seems like a long time." She got up at 7.   She goes to her pre-preschool three times a week from 9:30 - 12:00 and is still in a masked class with about 4 other kids. She likes "long" school, probably because she doesn't have to hang out with us all day long. We h...
  10. Monday, January 25, 2021:
    Game Day  On Saturday night, Maia played and completed an entire game of Tokaido (Ages 8+) with Rebecca and me.     This is one of the games that she watches Rebecca play online on Board Game Arena and apparently all of those lessons stuck. Not only did she make logical strategic choices in the game, she also explained why she made different moves as she played.   Not bad for three and a half! 
  11. Friday, January 15, 2021:
    List Day: 10 Vetoed Baby Names    Russel Sprouts Uri    Nate Uri    Mormon Tabernacle Uri    Brown N' Serve Uri    Thick Sliced Uri    Mellow Yellow Uri    Hurricane Uri    With The Fringe On Top Uri    Hup Uri    Brother Bear Uri   
  12. 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 ...
  13. Friday, January 01, 2021:
    Happy New Year!  Here's something we're looking forward to in 2021:     Maia:  "I will give him this little bowl so I can share my bacon with him."   BU:  "That's such a nice thing to do for your baby brother!"   Maia:  "Then I can have the big bowl."    Also, 3D ultrasounds are still weird.   
  14. Monday, December 07, 2020:
    Interview Day: Maia Edition   wisdom at age 3 and 5 months       What is your favourite color?    "Pink!"    What is your favourite movie?    "Frozen. 1. Not Frozen 2."    What is your favourite food?    "Oranges." (actually chocolate but she was eating oranges during this interview)    What is your favourite drink?    "Freckled lemonade."    Who is your favourite bunny?    "Original Bunny!"    What is your favourite activity?    "Going to the farmer's market. For the apples."    What do you like to play?   ...
  15. Friday, November 06, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 3 Month 4    Maia at age 3 is showing small signs of brilliance, like asking what's going on on the other side of the world when the sun goes down, or making a connection between something brand new and something we learned and forgot months ago. She is into a rhyming phase where she likes to string rhyming sounds together like "hocky, blocky, docky". She has definitely entered the WHY?? stage of life which is more irritating than I thought it would be. All it's doing is training me to hold back the reason for something I say so I'll have a follow-up ready for the inevitable WHY??   We're working on her joke abilities, and she has over a 50% chance to guess the punchline of jokes following a known pattern, like animal sounds...
  16. Monday, September 07, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 3 Month 2  By week and by month seem like too short of a period to keep writing these Battle Reports, but I feel like I should check in occasionally to make sure that the miscellaneous quirks of our daughter are not forgotten.     Maia is now 2 months beyond the age of 3, has reached the age where she clearly has a short-term and long-term memory and is mostly capable of communicating with us. On Friday, she reminded Rebecca to bring cash in the car because the apple-picking farm didn't accept credit cards. She finds it easy to express herself, repeating stock phrases like "I'm so excited!" that she's heard elsewhere. She'll also say, "I love you too!" if you start.   Maia still loves dresses. We've moved all of...
  17. Wednesday, August 19, 2020:
    Maia's First Stories  Here are two works of art created by Maia and Rebecca, along with stories that Maia dictated about them to Rebecca.      The Beach    There are dolphins at the beach. Maia, Mommy, and Daddy are looking out at the ocean. The sand is dry.     Here are the bunnies looking out at the purple ocean. There is a big purple wave coming! Some of the sand fell on the bunny's head. The bunny got a sunburn. There is a rain cloud. But the bunnies have an umbrella! The Big Umbrella! It's hard when you're tall, because when the bunnies grow tall, they don't quite fit under the umbrella. The End. 
  18. Monday, July 06, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 3  Maia is three years old today! She's 34.5" tall and weighs 27.4 pounds, the lowest possible values in the ranges for average growth.     Due to COVID, she had two separate birthday parties, one for each set of grandparents. She's very aware of age this year and has talked about being 2 and turning 3 for weeks. She expresses excitement by proclaiming, "I so excited!" and then running down the hall and back for no apparent reason. She's also looking forward to our upcoming beach trip where she will "sleep in the top bunk and the bottom bunk".   We finally showed her  Frozen 2  and she had a rudimentary grasp of the plot without explaining (other than the endless sequences of nature fairies fly...
  19. Monday, June 08, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 11  Maia is now just 1 month away from being 3 years old. Weighing in at 27 pounds and standing 33" tall, she's still comfortably fitting into her two-year-old clothes.     She has a huge vocabulary and understands moderately complex concepts (last month she saw a spider web and asked, "What do spiders use to make the webs?") but still does not pronounce the 2nd consonant in a pair of consonants (we often mishear "cows" vs. "clouds"). She's said a few clever things so far, but nothing worth retelling (the setup would be longer than the punchline in each case). After a recent trip to the forest, she remembered something she had seen and her face lit up as she said, "WE SAW SOME DEER!" -- she acted more like a kindergar...
  20. Wednesday, May 06, 2020:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 10    Maia is just 2 months away from turning 3. Quarantine life has been challenging -- Maia understands that something is different in our routines and misses her friends, but doesn't really have the context to express this properly. She's tired of hanging out with just the two of us all the time, but we still have a lot of fun with few tantrums. It would probably be much harder if she were a little older and had more memory of what going to school every day was like.   Maia still loves bunnies and requires Original Bunny around to "dry my tears" whenever she has cried. Most games involve bunnies in some way, from building houses / dance studios / coffee shops for bunnies to dressing up the bunnies in her clothes....
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