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  1. Wednesday, October 20, 2021:
    Songs of the Enrichment Jungle: Amanda the Panda    The Enrichment Jungle has returned to the living room since Ian was born, with a few new faces in need of songs. Here is the first new Enrichment Jungle song in four years, about Amanda the Panda.     The eighth notes are swung, obviously.   Other Posts in This Series:  Volume I  |  Volume II  |  Volume III  |  Amanda the Panda   
  2. Monday, October 04, 2021:
    Ian Week #23 Battle Report  Ian is now 17 pounds and 23 weeks old. He sleeps through the night most nights and is slowly learning to take a formal afternoon nap after about 30 minutes of absolute outrage.     He loves to eat solids, and is equally pleased with being at eye level with the rest of us while eating. He can down three ice-cube-sized blobs of purees without batting an eye, and may soon be participating in competitive eating contests.     He is not quite rolling over yet, but can roll  out  of different positions. He can also tilt his head all the way back while on the floor to see what's above his head -- he looks kind of like a whale that's about to open his mouth wide and aerodynamically swim through...
  3. Wednesday, September 22, 2021:
    What's Maia Up To Day  At age 4 1/3, Maia has become the coolest little girl I know. She has tons of empathy, and will often save parts of her dessert to share with Rebecca. She also likes making cards for people's birthdays.     She has gotten totally used to having a little brother now and will help out with small tasks like bringing a stuffed animal to calm him down or picking out his wardrobe for the day. She recognizes when he needs our attention and will play or read quietly until our attention can be redirected back to her again.   Her favorite foods are chocolate, bacon, and mac and cheese, with runner-ups being grilled cheese sandwiches, pesto, and whatever I'm eating for breakfast. Her favorite physical activity i...
  4. Monday, September 20, 2021:
    Ian Week #21 Battle Report  Ian is 21 weeks old (almost 5 months) and weighed 16.6 pounds at his last weigh-in.     He is currently in the phase where he enjoys bored banshee shrieking to the point where it sounds like our upstairs level is infested with pterodactyls. He's always kicking and can press his legs against walls to lift up his entire body and rotate 90 degrees. He holds toys, flips out when he accidentally throws them away, and has started contorting his neck backwards when he knows that a TV is on behind him.   Ian's sleep training went just fine and he currently sleeps through the night (or at least for an uninterrupted 7 hour stretch). Nap training is less successful -- he'll commit to 20 minute snoozes throughout...
  5. Wednesday, August 25, 2021:
    Ian Week #17 Battle Report  Ian turned 17 weeks old this past weekend and currently weighs 16.2 pounds.     He is quicker to smile than before, but still fusses quite easily. The transition from fussing to losing his cool is almost a vertical slope. At that point, only Rebecca can calm him down.   He likes sucking on our fingers and listening to toys that play classical music too loudly. He hated the vibrations from my trumpet but enjoys the two songs I sing / hum repetitively at bedtime.   Since the beach trip earlier this month, Ian has started mostly sleeping through the night. I put him on for up to an hour in the evening and have him in his crib by 10 PM. He either wakes up around 2 or 3 to eat or makes it to 6...
  6. Monday, July 26, 2021:
    Ian Week #13 Battle Report  Ian is now 13 weeks old and 14.4 pounds.     His night schedule is starting to get more regular, with a feed around 8 PM, one near 3 AM, and then another around 6 AM. Ian and I continue to have guy time from 8:30 - 11, where we play video games, rewatch  The Shield  or (recently) take an online course to pass the AWS Machine Learning Specialty exam.   He is excellent at tummy time and can hold his head up better than a brontosaurus with palsy. He can bat and grip things but gets bored of his surroundings pretty quickly. The one thing guaranteed to calm him down is the awful, tinny, monophonic "It's a Small World" rendition played by one of his jungle animals. We can repeat it up to 10 times ...
  7. 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).   
  8. 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, ...
  9. 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".   
  10. 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?" 
  11. 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.   
  12. 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.   
  13. 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. 
  14. 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.   
  15. 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!   
  16. 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...
  17. 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.   
  18. Friday, May 28, 2021:
    Easy Photos Day      
  19. 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. 
  20. Wednesday, May 19, 2021:
    Easy Photos Day      
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