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  1. Friday, July 23, 2021:
    Data Day: 80 Days of Sleep Stats  After Ian was born, Maia had some initial trouble accepting that life had changed. This was reflected in a few days where she didn't fall asleep until 4 hours after her bedtime or she woke up with the roosters. I started tracking her sleep times to give us a better feel for how tired she was on any given day.   She actually adapted pretty quickly after a couple rough weeks, but I kept on tracking because data is fun. Here is the number of times that Maia woke up at particular times in the AM:     And here is when she fell asleep (with bedtime typically at 7:30 PM).   
  2. Monday, July 19, 2021:
    Ian Week #12 Battle Report  Ian is 12 weeks old! This is like 3 months if there were a true metric system for the passing of time.     I look back at all the blog posts I made about Maia's weekly progress, down to the length in millimeters of her boogers, and am a little disappointed that I don't do the same for Ian. However, the effort it takes to keep two children alive is exponentially greater than the effort needed to keep one alive while writing about her like an 8th grade book report. I do try to make sure there is time to appreciate how awesome the kids are becoming, even if it is dwarfed by the time needed to keep them alive, work for pay, and live in a tidy house without fungally fragrant furniture.   At this time, ...
  3. Friday, July 09, 2021:
    Maia's Drawings Day  All of that  bunny drawing homeschooling  continues to pay dividends. Maia is always drawing her own bunnies now.     Here is a picture she drew after her first trip on the  Silver Line  on Monday. We went into the city to Ballston, where we stopped, hit the loo, and came back out to the boonies (the bunnies). You can't see me in the picture because I'm "sitting behind Original Bunny".   
  4. Wednesday, July 07, 2021:
    Maia's Birth Day    Maia turned 4 yesterday! For her second party out of three, she requested a chocolate cake with strawberry frosting (all homemade). For her birthday, she has received a cat tea set, two Frozen lego sets, a shark attack board game, some scarves, an art book from Ori and the Will of the Wisps, an atlas, a science book, and a sketchbook.   One of Maia's last questions as a three-year-old was, "How was the first baby born before there were any mommies?" 
  5. Monday, June 28, 2021:
    Ian Week #9 Battle Report    Ian has officially crossed the two month mark and received his first cocktail of vaccines. He's in the 60th percentile for weight and height, and the 97th percentile for head size, probably because everyone keeps telling him how cute and clean he is.   He weighed 12.8 pounds on Friday and 13.4 pounds on Sunday and has thrush (the fungus not the birds). He is more comfortable hanging out in the Enrichment Jungle and has figured out that swatting his hands will make things jingle.   
  6. Friday, June 25, 2021:
    Data Day: A Typical Day  This chart shows a typical summer day in the life of our family. The red overlay shows who's keeping an eye on Ian at any given time.   
  7. Wednesday, June 23, 2021:
    Maia's Drawings Day  Not yet 4 and Maia already draws like a 4.5 year old. I'm preserving these here so I don't end up with 20 overflowing file cabinet in 20 years.     I feel like side profile is an advanced figure skill.     I think we all have belly buttons in this picture, or maybe those are our flies. Ian is the little one. 
  8. Monday, June 21, 2021:
    Ian Week #8 Battle Report    We've reached 8 weeks!   Between work, Maia, and Ian these days, time is a surging torrent of molasses that prevents me from itemizing every single change that Ian has undergone. I'm looking forward to the mythical day some time in the future where the two of them will play together while I play 500 games of Hearthstone in a row. Until then, it's sufficent to say that all is well -- Ian continues to grow and has not shrunk, and everyone is still alive.   
  9. Wednesday, June 16, 2021:
    Ian Week #7 Battle Report    Ian has made it to 7 weeks and is somewhere over 12 pounds at the moment. Having his weekly milestone tied to a Sunday is very logistically convenient, because I can also remember to do other household chores based on multiples (deep clean the bathroom on week multiples of 4, wash the sheets on multiples of 3, etc.)   He is staying awake and alert much more now but still doesn't like being on his own for very long. He also has trouble with digestion and spends a lot of time grunting and whining about the air in his belly.   Just yesterday, he learned how to social smile!   
  10. Wednesday, June 09, 2021:
    What's Maia Up To Day    Maia is a month away from turning 4. She still tells elaborate stories that convert her inner monologue into an outer one for hours as part of her falling asleep ritual. Here is an excerpt from Saturday night.    There's 8 hot dog packs and 6 bun packs. Or there was a... Mipha bought 4, Mipha bought 2 of...Mipha bought 4 buns. Mipha bought 4 buns. 2 for, 2...2 of 4 of buns...and 8 hot dogs and 8 buns. That's what they did. They got 2 of the same bun packs.      Mipha says, "Look! The bag has salmon that looks good." That was funny... Anna and Elsa said, "Look! Look! That's Frozen Fruit Snacks! Frozen, frozen fruit snacks." And Olaf said, "Also, the wind feels it. Because it also blow...
  11. Monday, June 07, 2021:
    Ian Week #6 Battle Report    Ian is six weeks old and exactly twelve pounds (he now outweighs the cat). He recently discovered how to swat hanging toys in the Enrichment Jungle and deigns to spend a few minutes lying there on his back without complaints. Otherwise, he strongly prefers being carried around by someone as he grunts his way through gas, poops, and life in general.   
  12. Friday, May 28, 2021:
    Easy Photos Day      
  13. Monday, May 24, 2021:
    Ian Week #4 Battle Report    Someone sent us this nice puzzle of Ian's name, but it came without a card so we have no idea who to thank.   This boy is now 9.8 pounds of Uri (roughly 3.3% of the net family weight). He is the loudest sleeper of all time, continuously grunting or vocalizing about some unseen TV show in his dreams.   Unlike Maia, Ian did not know how to smile at birth, but he has just recently started doing the "side smile" where only half of his mouth curves up.     Rebecca and I are still alive but would prefer a world where we can put the kids into cryostasis for 9 hours at a time to get an uninterrupted sleep cycle. 
  14. Wednesday, May 19, 2021:
    Easy Photos Day      
  15. 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...
  16. 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.       
  17. 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   
  18. Wednesday, May 05, 2021:
    Easy Photos Day    First bath.     Meeting more grandparents.     Maia finds a legit four-leaf clover.     Zonked out. 
  19. 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...
  20. Monday, April 26, 2021:
    New Release Day  Here is Ian Miles Uri, born yesterday and weighing in at 7 pounds 7 ounces.   
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